Seager and Cruz power Mariners to 6-3 win over Blue Jays

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners had been waiting for a big day from Kyle Seager to spark their struggling offense, and they finally got it Sunday.

Seager hit two home runs and Nelson Cruz added another as the Mariners powered their way to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

''We had the Seager game today,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''We've been waiting for that one and Kyle was huge there.''

The Mariners had been held to three or fewer runs in 18 of their last 23 games, including three straight losses to the Blue Jays to begin the series, but got 10 hits Sunday as they snapped a five game losing streak.

''The at-bats were better. We made better contact,'' Servais said. ''We need it to continue. It's been a rough stretch here offensively but hopefully today is a bright spot and we turn the corner here going forward.''

Toronto tied the game at 3-3 in the seventh after shortstop Aledmys Diaz hit his 14th home run of the season against Seattle starter Mike Leake, but the Mariners responded in the bottom of the inning. Cruz and Seager homered back-to-back against reliever Joe Biagini (1-6) with one out after Jean Segura led off the inning with a single.

''Today felt good and hopefully we continue to put up some good at-bats and score some runs,'' Seager said.

Seager had gone 21 games without a home run before hitting his 17th and 18th of the season Sunday. He recorded his eighth career multi-homer game and his 31st multi-hit game of the season.

''He was due, there's no doubt about that,'' Servais said.

Zach Duke (4-4) picked up his first win as a Mainer when he got one out in the seventh for the win. Alex Colome pitched a scoreless eighth and Edwin Diaz locked down his major league-leading 41st save of the season as the Mariners avoided the series sweep.

Cruz finished with four RBI, driving in the game's first two runs with an RBI single off the glove of Diaz in the third to go along with his broken bat home run that put Seattle ahead 5-3 in the eighth.

Seager hit his first solo homer of the game when he took Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio deep on the first pitch of the fifth inning, giving Seattle a 3-1 lead.

''You know where he's always at in the middle of that lineup, and he can burn you, no doubt about that,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''He's dangerous.''

Diaz finished 3-for-4 to lead Toronto and accounted for all three of the team's runs, scoring on an RBI single by catcher Luke Maile after leading off the fifth inning with a double. Diaz notched multiple hits in back-to-back games, and homered three times against the Mariners and five times during Toronto's 10-game road trip.

Leake lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and striking out five.

Gaviglio allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking three against his former team, suffering his fifth straight loss. He made 11 starts with the Mariners in 2017.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Second baseman Dee Gordon was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a sprained ankle and is day-to-day, according to Servais. Andrew Romine replaced Gordon at second base, and Denard Span took his place at the top of lineup.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.63 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday as Toronto returns home for a three-game series against the Red Sox. Stroman allowed four runs in five innings in his last start against Boston, a 5-2 loss on July 15.

Mariners: Lefty Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) goes for his first road win this season when the Mariners take on Texas on Monday. LeBlanc is 0-1 with a 4.57 ERA in 10 starts away from Safeco this season.

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  • W: Z. Duke (4-4)L: J. Biagini (1-6)S: E. Diaz (41)
  • HR: TOR - A. Diaz (14), SEA - N. Cruz (29), K. Seager 2 (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF30100001.235.333.418.7511.0
a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000010.245.301.487.788-0.5
D. Travis 2B40100001.248.300.398.6991.0
R. Grichuk RF40000012.231.293.462.755-0.5
J. Smoak 1B30100110.252.360.469.8291.5
K. Morales DH40000013.250.328.432.760-0.5
Y. Solarte 3B41100010.233.285.401.6871.5
A. Diaz SS42321000.261.293.471.76311.0
L. Maile C40110011.232.319.348.6671.5
K. Pillar CF30100021.249.279.407.6850.0
  • a-struck out for Granderson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span LF51100014.264.346.415.7611.5
J. Segura SS41200000.309.338.435.7735.0
M. Haniger RF40000014.263.357.455.811-0.5
N. Cruz DH41241010.267.354.558.9129.5
K. Seager 3B42222012.231.280.421.70011.5
R. Healy 1B40200020.238.272.447.7192.0
C. Herrmann C40100021.213.309.383.6921.0
M. Zunino C00000000.196.251.396.6470.0
G. Heredia CF30000112.226.310.326.6360.5
A. Romine 2B21000212.202.265.223.4882.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Diaz (15)
    • HR - A. Diaz (14)
    • RBI - A. Diaz 2 (34), L. Maile (25)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Healy (10), C. Herrmann (3)
    • HR - N. Cruz (29), K. Seager 2 (18)
    • RBI - N. Cruz 4 (71), K. Seager 2 (60)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 2 (28)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Segura (16)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine)
    • E - M. Leake (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gaviglio5.27333715.081.445.5
    J. Biagini (L, 1-6)0.23330026.661.66-11.0
    J. Petricka0.20000204.501.541.0
    L. Santos1.00000106.751.703.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gaviglio5.2
    J. Biagini (L, 1-6)0.2
    J. Petricka0.2
    L. Santos1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake6.29330514.161.3011.5
    Z. Duke (W, 4-4)0.10000103.991.597.5
    A. Colome (H, 19)1.00001003.451.282.0
    E. Diaz (S, 41)1.00000202.000.7811.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake6.2
    Z. Duke (W, 4-4)0.1
    A. Colome (H, 19)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 41)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 89-56, J. Biagini 18-10, J. Petricka 10-8, L. Santos 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 3-7, J. Biagini 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 27, J. Biagini 5, J. Petricka 2, L. Santos 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 84-60, Z. Duke 5-3, A. Colome 13-6, E. Diaz 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-7, A. Colome 2-1, E. Diaz 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, Z. Duke, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF30100001.235.333.418.7511.0
    a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000010.245.301.487.788-0.5
    D. Travis 2B40100001.248.300.398.6991.0
    R. Grichuk RF40000012.231.293.462.755-0.5
    J. Smoak 1B30100110.252.360.469.8291.5
    K. Morales DH40000013.250.328.432.760-0.5
    Y. Solarte 3B41100010.233.285.401.6871.5
    A. Diaz SS42321000.261.293.471.76311.0
    L. Maile C40110011.232.319.348.6671.5
    K. Pillar CF30100021.249.279.407.6850.0
    Total343931189-----
    • a-struck out for Granderson in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Span LF51100014.264.346.415.7611.5
    J. Segura SS41200000.309.338.435.7735.0
    M. Haniger RF40000014.263.357.455.811-0.5
    N. Cruz DH41241010.267.354.558.9129.5
    K. Seager 3B42222012.231.280.421.70011.5
    R. Healy 1B40200020.238.272.447.7192.0
    C. Herrmann C40100021.213.309.383.6921.0
    M. Zunino C00000000.196.251.396.6470.0
    G. Heredia CF30000112.226.310.326.6360.5
    A. Romine 2B21000212.202.265.223.4882.5
    Total346106331015-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Diaz (15)
      • HR - A. Diaz (14)
      • RBI - A. Diaz 2 (34), L. Maile (25)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Healy (10), C. Herrmann (3)
      • HR - N. Cruz (29), K. Seager 2 (18)
      • RBI - N. Cruz 4 (71), K. Seager 2 (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 2 (28)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Segura (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Romine-Healy; Seager-Romine)
      • E - M. Leake (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gaviglio5.27333715.081.445.5
      J. Biagini (L, 1-6)0.23330026.661.66-11.0
      J. Petricka0.20000204.501.541.0
      L. Santos1.00000106.751.703.5
      Total8.010663103---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gaviglio5.2
      J. Biagini (L, 1-6)0.2
      J. Petricka0.2
      L. Santos1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake6.29330514.161.3011.5
      Z. Duke (W, 4-4)0.10000103.991.597.5
      A. Colome (H, 19)1.00001003.451.282.0
      E. Diaz (S, 41)1.00000202.000.7811.0
      Total9.0933181---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake6.2
      Z. Duke (W, 4-4)0.1
      A. Colome (H, 19)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 41)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gaviglio 89-56, J. Biagini 18-10, J. Petricka 10-8, L. Santos 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gaviglio 3-7, J. Biagini 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gaviglio 27, J. Biagini 5, J. Petricka 2, L. Santos 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 84-60, Z. Duke 5-3, A. Colome 13-6, E. Diaz 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-7, A. Colome 2-1, E. Diaz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, Z. Duke, A. Colome 4, E. Diaz 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Seager homered to right36
        Cruz homered to center, Segura scored35
        Diaz homered to left, Solarte scored33
      • 6TH INNING
        Seager homered to right center13
      • 5TH INNING
        Maile singled to shallow center, Diaz scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Cruz singled to left, Romine and Span scored, Segura to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to third
        • L. Maile: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Alex Colome relieved Zach Duke
        • Mike Zunino catching
        • D. Travis: Ball, Travis flied out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • K. Morales: Morales grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Luis Santos relieved Jake Petricka
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia flied out to deep right
        • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Span lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte singled to left
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz homered to left, Solarte scored
        • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Maile flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Zach Duke relieved Mike Leake
        • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Curtis Granderson
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura singled to center
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Segura stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Cruz homered to center, Segura scored
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager homered to right
        • Jake Petricka relieved Joe Biagini
        • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • C. Herrmann: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Morales flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Seager homered to right center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • C. Herrmann: Foul, Herrmann popped out to third
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
        • A. Romine: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Romine walked, Heredia to second
        • Joe Biagini relieved Sam Gaviglio
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Span flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz doubled to deep right
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile singled to shallow center, Diaz scored
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson lined out to right
        • D. Travis: Ball, Travis flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura flied out to center
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Haniger grounded out to third
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Cruz struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
        • K. Morales: Morales flied out to left
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Solarte flied out to center
        • In play
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy singled to center
        • C. Herrmann: Herrmann doubled to deep right, Healy to third
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to third
        • A. Romine: Ball, Romine lined out to shortstop
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar singled to right center
        • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Granderson singled to right center, Pillar to second
        • D. Travis: Foul, Travis lined into double play third to second, Pillar out at second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Span singled to right, Romine to second
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Romine to third, Span to second
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger lined out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz singled to left, Romine and Span scored, Segura to third
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded out to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Maile grounded into double play second to first, Diaz out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy doubled to deep left
        • C. Herrmann: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis singled to center
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Travis to second on Leake throwing error, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak reached on an infield single to shortstop, Travis to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • S. Gaviglio Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span flied out to center
        • J. Segura: Segura flied out to deep center
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)