Estrada shuts down struggling Mariners as Toronto rolls 5-1

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners can't seem to get their struggling bats back in a groove and end their freefall in the AL playoff picture.

Toronto's Marco Estrada became the latest to leave Seattle's batters baffled, using his mix of offspeed pitches to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over the Mariners on Saturday night.

Estrada (5-8) was masterful with his changeup, keeping the Mariners guessing all night. He didn't give up a hit until Mitch Haniger's one-out double just inside third base in the seventh inning. It was just Seattle's second baserunner after Nelson Cruz walked leading off the second inning.

Estrada was pulled after walking Ryon Healy to open the eighth inning, leaving to a standing ovation from the thousands of Toronto fans in attendance. Estrada struck out four and allowed one earned run when Healy scored on Chris Herrmann's sacrifice fly.

''The fans made it seem like a playoff game,'' Estrada said. ''It gave me a lot of energy and a lot of excitement and got the adrenaline going. When I walked off and got a great ovation, it was awesome.''

Seattle has lost five straight and fallen 2 1/2 games back of Oakland for the second AL wild card. The Mariners' slumping offense looked even more meager against Estrada, who entered the day with a 4.90 ERA and had allowed four earned runs in four innings in his last start. Estrada also induced plenty of weak contact as Seattle struggled to make the adjustment between speeds.

Ryan Tepera finished off the eighth and Ken Giles pitched the ninth in his second appearance since being acquired by the Blue Jays.

''You've got to try to simplify things a little bit. That's what we've got to get to. Instead of making it harder, make it a little simpler because what we're doing right now is not working,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Seattle starter James Paxton (9-5) lost for the third time in his past four starts against the team he no-hit earlier this season in Toronto. The damage against Paxton came via two blows: Devon Travis' two-run single in the third and Aledmys Diaz's solo home run leading off the fifth.

Travis has seven RBIs in the first three games of the series; he had seven RBIs the entire month of July.

''If you're not aggressive against (Paxton) it's even tougher. We stayed aggressive tonight,'' Travis said.

Paxton was able to get through the seventh thanks to inning-ending double plays in the first, third and fifth innings, and another key double play in the seventh. He struck out seven and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of his last 17 starts.

Paxton was unhappy with his curveball and it allowed the Blue Jays to look for mostly fastballs.

''They knew I didn't have my good breaking stuff tonight,'' Paxton said. ''Nothing was very sharp. The ball was kind of rolling into the zone. I think that allows them not to have to respect that pitch as much and they can cheat on the fastball.''

BULLPEN BANTER

Toronto added two more runs off Seattle's bullpen on Justin Smoak's RBI single off Sam Tuivailala in the eighth and Brandon Drury's double off James Pazos in the ninth. Toronto has scored 10 runs - seven earned - off Seattle's bullpen in the first three games of the series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday because of a sore ankle. Manager Scott Servais expects Gordon to play Sunday. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez will make one more rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma. Servais expects Ramirez to return to the active roster if all goes well. ... Servais doesn't know how long RHP Juan Nicasio, who was placed on the 10-day DL Friday, could be on the DL because of his knee situation. ''Juan's frustrated that it hasn't felt good. He wants to make it right. I certainly think he can come back and impact this year down the stretch, but I don't know.''

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 5.10) is expected to make his 15th start of the season Sunday afternoon. Gaviglio has lost four of his last five starts while allowing 19 earned runs over 20.1 innings for an 8.51 ERA over that span.

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (8-7, 4.16) is scheduled to make his 23rd start of the season Sunday afternoon. Leake is on pace to make at least 30 starts for the seventh consecutive season. He is one of only four pitchers who made at least 30 starts every season from 2012-17.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/jake-seiner

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
TOR51-59
0020100115120
SEA63-48
000000010130
  • W: M. Estrada (5-8)L: J. Paxton (9-5)
  • HR: TOR - A. Diaz (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grichuk RF41200001.235.297.469.7663.0
D. Travis 2B30220101.248.301.401.7025.0
J. Smoak 1B30110101.251.359.470.8293.0
T. Hernandez LF40000032.246.301.489.790-1.5
Y. Solarte DH40000020.233.285.403.688-1.0
R. Martin C40100010.197.336.347.6830.5
A. Diaz SS42211001.254.286.451.7389.0
B. Drury 3B40210010.169.256.260.5163.5
K. Pillar CF42200012.248.278.407.6856.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS40000011.308.337.434.771-0.5
    D. Span LF30000000.265.348.418.7671.0
    M. Haniger RF40100011.265.360.459.8191.5
    N. Cruz DH30100101.265.352.550.9022.0
    K. Seager 3B-2B40000003.228.278.405.6830.0
    R. Healy 1B-3B21000101.235.270.443.7132.0
    C. Maybin CF30100011.251.339.338.6770.5
    M. Zunino C30000032.196.251.396.647-1.5
    A. Romine 2B20000000.207.255.228.4830.0
    a- C. Herrmann PH-1B00010000.209.314.372.6861.0
    HITTERSAB
    J. Segura SS4
    D. Span LF3
    M. Haniger RF4
    N. Cruz DH3
    K. Seager 3B-2B4
    R. Healy 1B-3B2
    C. Maybin CF3
    M. Zunino C3
    A. Romine 2B2
    a- C. Herrmann PH-1B0
    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Romine in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Travis (7), A. Diaz (14), B. Drury (4), K. Pillar (28)
    • HR - A. Diaz (13)
    • RBI - D. Travis 2 (31), J. Smoak (56), A. Diaz (32), B. Drury (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Drury (8)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger (18)
    • SF - C. Herrmann
    • RBI - C. Herrmann (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Pillar (12)
    • CS - D. Travis (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Drury-Diaz-Smoak)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 4 (Seager-Romine-Healy; Segura-Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine-Healy)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada (W, 5-8)7.01112404.651.2829.0
    R. Tepera1.01000203.471.223.0
    K. Giles1.01000004.961.292.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada (W, 5-8)7.0
    R. Tepera1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (L, 9-5)7.08331713.511.0710.5
    S. Tuivailala1.02111103.571.47-0.5
    J. Pazos1.02110002.431.140.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (L, 9-5)7.0
    S. Tuivailala1.0
    J. Pazos1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - K. Giles (2)
    • HBP - K. Giles
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 93-66, R. Tepera 17-11, K. Giles 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-12, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 24, R. Tepera 4, K. Giles 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Paxton (7), S. Tuivailala (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 105-78, S. Tuivailala 16-8, J. Pazos 21-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 8-2, J. Pazos 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, S. Tuivailala 5, J. Pazos 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    TOR51-59
    0020100115120
    SEA63-48
    000000010130
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grichuk RF41200001.235.297.469.7663.0
    D. Travis 2B30220101.248.301.401.7025.0
    J. Smoak 1B30110101.251.359.470.8293.0
    T. Hernandez LF40000032.246.301.489.790-1.5
    Y. Solarte DH40000020.233.285.403.688-1.0
    R. Martin C40100010.197.336.347.6830.5
    A. Diaz SS42211001.254.286.451.7389.0
    B. Drury 3B40210010.169.256.260.5163.5
    K. Pillar CF42200012.248.278.407.6856.5
    Total3451251288-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS40000011.308.337.434.771-0.5
      D. Span LF30000000.265.348.418.7671.0
      M. Haniger RF40100011.265.360.459.8191.5
      N. Cruz DH30100101.265.352.550.9022.0
      K. Seager 3B-2B40000003.228.278.405.6830.0
      R. Healy 1B-3B21000101.235.270.443.7132.0
      C. Maybin CF30100011.251.339.338.6770.5
      M. Zunino C30000032.196.251.396.647-1.5
      A. Romine 2B20000000.207.255.228.4830.0
      a- C. Herrmann PH-1B00010000.209.314.372.6861.0
      Total2813102610-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Segura SS4
      D. Span LF3
      M. Haniger RF4
      N. Cruz DH3
      K. Seager 3B-2B4
      R. Healy 1B-3B2
      C. Maybin CF3
      M. Zunino C3
      A. Romine 2B2
      a- C. Herrmann PH-1B0
      Total28
      • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Romine in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Travis (7), A. Diaz (14), B. Drury (4), K. Pillar (28)
      • HR - A. Diaz (13)
      • RBI - D. Travis 2 (31), J. Smoak (56), A. Diaz (32), B. Drury (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Drury (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (18)
      • SF - C. Herrmann
      • RBI - C. Herrmann (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Pillar (12)
      • CS - D. Travis (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Drury-Diaz-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 4 (Seager-Romine-Healy; Segura-Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine-Healy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (W, 5-8)7.01112404.651.2829.0
      R. Tepera1.01000203.471.223.0
      K. Giles1.01000004.961.292.0
      Total9.0311260---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (W, 5-8)7.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (L, 9-5)7.08331713.511.0710.5
      S. Tuivailala1.02111103.571.47-0.5
      J. Pazos1.02110002.431.140.0
      Total9.01255281---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (L, 9-5)7.0
      S. Tuivailala1.0
      J. Pazos1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Giles (2)
      • HBP - K. Giles
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 93-66, R. Tepera 17-11, K. Giles 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-12, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 24, R. Tepera 4, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Paxton (7), S. Tuivailala (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 105-78, S. Tuivailala 16-8, J. Pazos 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 8-2, J. Pazos 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, S. Tuivailala 5, J. Pazos 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Drury doubled to deep left, Diaz scored51
      • 8TH INNING
        Herrmann hit sacrifice fly to center, Healy scored41
        Smoak singled to right, Pillar scored, Travis to second40
      • 5TH INNING
        Diaz homered to left center30
      • 3RD INNING
        Travis singled to center, Pillar and Grichuk scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • James Pazos relieved Sam Tuivailala
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martin popped out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep left
        • B. Drury: Drury doubled to deep left, Diaz scored
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Tepera
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Span hit by pitch
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger fouled out to first
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Span to second on wild pitch, Cruz singled to left center, Span to third
        • K. Seager: Foul, Seager grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Cruz out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sam Tuivailala relieved James Paxton
        • K. Pillar: Pillar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk lined out to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pillar stole second, Ball, Pillar to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to right, Pillar scored, Travis to second
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Travis caught stealing, catcher to third, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy walked
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Marco Estrada
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin singled to right center, Healy to third
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Chris Herrmann hit for Andrew Romine
        • C. Herrmann: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Herrmann hit sacrifice fly to center, Healy scored
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Segura struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin singled to left center
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz grounded into double play third to second to first, Martin out at second
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Drury lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • D. Span: Span lined out to right
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger doubled to deep left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Seager fouled out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Romine popped out to first
        • J. Segura: Segura flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz homered to left center
        • B. Drury: Drury singled to right
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Grichuk singled to right, Drury to second
        • D. Travis: Ball, Travis grounded into double play third to second to first, Grichuk out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Seager flied out to deep center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy grounded out to third
        • C. Maybin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maybin grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte flied out to right
        • R. Martin: Foul, Martin grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Span flied out to right
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar doubled to left center
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk singled to left, Pillar to third
        • D. Travis: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Travis singled to center, Pillar and Grichuk scored
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smoak grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Travis out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Romine flied out to left
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager flied out to deep center
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Healy popped out to shortstop
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to second
        • D. Travis: Foul, Travis doubled to deep left
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Span: Foul, Foul, Span lined out to left
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Haniger grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)