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Blue Jays hope offensive momentum continues vs. Mariners
Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays
- The Mariners lost their last series against the Angels, 2-1. They gave up 40 total hits in the series, the most hits they have given up in a three-game series since August 2015 versus Boston (60 hits given up).
- The Blue Jays lead MLB in home runs so far this season with 51, including nine in their last five games. No player has more than 10 home runs, and 10 different players have at least three, most in MLB.
- Toronto won six of the seven matchups against Seattle last season, holding the Mariners to 1.7 runs per game. The Mariners have lost five consecutive games in Toronto dating back to 2016, their longest active road losing streak against any single opponent.
- Dee Gordon is batting .500 in May so far, second-highest batting average in the AL behind Mike Trout (.545, min. 20 PA). He has the third-best batting average in MLB when batting first in the lineup this season (.348, min. 20 PA).
- James Paxton had 16 strikeouts in his last start, the most strikeouts in a single game by a Mariners pitcher since Randy Johnson had 19 in August 1997. Paxton currently leads MLB in strikeouts per nine innings at 13.97 (min. 30 IP).
- Marcus Stroman turned in his first quality start of the season against the Twins, giving up just two earned runs in 7.0 innings. He still has the second-highest ERA in MLB (7.52, min. 30 IP).
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have had trouble scoring recently.
And for the longest time Wednesday night, it appeared they were on their way to another loss and would be trying to avoid being swept in their three-game series against the Seattle Mariners in the finale Thursday night at the Rogers Centre.
Instead, they will be going for the series victory after defeating the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday.
The Mariners will start right-hander Mike Leake (3-3, 6.28 ERA) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (4-2, 3.67) in the third game.
The Blue Jays' offensive woes reached their peak Tuesday when the Mariners' Canadian left-hander James Paxton threw a no-hitter against them.
Most of the talk around the Mariners was of Paxton's no-hitter, the sixth in the club's history. Five pitchers have had a no-hitter for the Mariners and the other one was a collective effort by the pitching staff.
Paxton found time among numerous interviews to do his scheduled workout early Wednesday.
"He started his program like he always does," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "But he had a smile on his face, as he should. It was great for him, but he knows we have a lot ahead of us this year, and hopefully there are a lot of other great outings. Maybe not a no-hitter again, but it was fun to enjoy and take it all in last night."
The Blue Jays had a hit from their first batter Wednesday when Teoscar Hernandez singled, but going into the eighth inning they still were struggling to put hits together and were trailing the Mariners 2-1.
Then they erupted with three straight doubles, a single, a double and a single in a four-run eighth to take the game.
It was their third win this season when trailing after seven innings. They are 3-16 in such games. The Mariners are 16-2 when leading after seven innings.
"They held us in check early," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We came to life late. After the last few days, we were overdue to explode because we have a good offense. We're capable of doing that."
The Blue Jays had scored 11 runs over their previous five games, losing four of them.
"We kept them down for a long time in this series," Servais said. "But we weren't able to shut the door tonight."
Although the Blue Jays' starting rotation has struggled this season when it was expected to be a strong point, Happ has been solid.
He was not at his best in his most recent start when allowed three runs, four hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in taking the loss against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday. He will be making his eighth start of the season Thursday.
Happ is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in six career starts against the Mariners. He also pitched for Seattle for part of the 2015 season, going 4-6 with a 4.64 ERA before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, finishing the season with them by going 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA.
Leake will also be making his eighth start of the season. Over his first three starts this season the 30-year-old went 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA. In his last four starts, he has allowed 20 runs and 32 hits over 20 2/3 innings.
He allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in his most recent start Friday against the Angels.
He has not faced the Blue Jays since 2014. In two career starts against them, Leake is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA.
Updated May 10, 2018