Dylan Moore hit a three-run homer in the tenth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 after blowing the first two leads
Buffalo, NY – Dylan Moore hit a three-run homer in the tenth inning and the Seattle Mariners took two earlier leads as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 on Wednesday night.
Moore pitched 3-1 to left center from right-hander Patrick Murphy (0-1) to score automatic runners Louis Torrance and Shade Long Jr., who singled out as a pinch-hitter.
“I took the opportunity to go 3-1 with it and hit it well,” Moore said after helping Seattle improve to 9-1 in extra innings.
Mariners manager Scott Servais praised Moore’s patience while batting.
“He was in no hurry,” said Servais. “He works up the count to 3-1, then he’s on a fastball count, and he didn’t miss it.”
Drew Steickenrider allowed Cavan Bigio to double the RBI lead at the bottom of the innings, but the next three batsmen – two via strikeouts – retired to save their second.
Kyle Seeger and Mitch Hanniger scored two runs for Seattle. Moore and JP Crawford each gave three hits and scored twice. Kendall Graveman (2-0) was the winning pitcher.
Seattle took a 4-1 and 6-4 lead but still needed extra innings. Lourdes Gurrill Jr. leveled eighth with a leadoff homer in 6th, this was Toronto’s first hit since Gurrell had an RBI single in the fifth inning.
“That was a marathon. We survived it,” Service said. “We have had a lot of success in these extra-innings games, and it is driven by our bullpen. A good team wins while going through this road trip.”
Gurriel scored three and Grichuk added two RBIs for Toronto, who lost for the second time in 10 matches and fell 2–5 in an extra innings game.
Anthony Kay entered the fifth innings and scored five runs. At one point, he retired ten straight to prevent Seattle from adding to his lead, but the Blue Jays had no ground between Gurrell’s hits.
Seeger’s 14th homer ended the second innings of four runs to give Seattle a 4–1 lead, and Hanniger drew 4–4 in the fifth inning with a 419-foot shot in his 18th of the season. Left-center was a 419-foot shot.
In fifth, Toronto went 6–5 behind Gurrell’s single drive in George Springer. Riley Adams then walked to load the bases, but Marcus Semien attacked against JT Chargois to eliminate the threat.
Toronto’s Steven Matz, who was active before the game after going on the COVID-19 injured list on June 13, struggled in the third innings after retiring six of the first seven batsmen. The first three hitters arrived via hit, before Matz took two straight outs. However, before the second out, he was visited by manager Charlie Montoyo and a team trainer. He then allowed Seeger’s homer and left the game.
“It looked like rust,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “His order wasn’t there. He wasn’t fast.”
The future is bright in Seattle
According to MLB.com, three top Mariners prospects – OFS Julio Rodriguez and Jared Kelenick and RHP Emerson Hancock – will attend the MLB Futures game on July 11.
Blue Jays acquired RHP Adam Simber, in a trade with Seattle on Tuesday, reported Toronto and became active with Matz. To make room for both, Toronto selected RHPs Anthony Castro and Joel Pemps for Triple-A Buffalo. RHP Jeremy Beasley was also named for the assignment.
Seattle activated LHP Marco Gonzales from the paternity list and selected IF Donovan Walton to Triple-A Tacoma. Servais said Gonzales will start against Texas on Saturday.
Blue Jays: Cs Danny Janssen (hamstrings) and Alejandro Kirk (hip flexors) begin rehab with Triple-A Buffalo. Jensen was caught on Tuesday while Kirk was in DH. Kirk was on hold on Wednesday as the Bisons host Leigh Valley at their temporary home in Trenton, New Jersey, while the Blue Jays continue their hold in Buffalo.
The series faces the Blue Jays LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (7-4, 3.41) with Mariners LHP UC Kikuchi (5-3, 3.34 ERA) on Thursday afternoon.
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