By DAIMON EKLUND Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) — Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. put a throw through the mesh of his glove and the Seattle Mariners built on their eighth straight win by beating Toronto 6-5 with two home runs on Sunday. by Carlos Santana.
A day after Santana hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to win 2-1, he hit a two-run homer in the eighth. The Mariners are 16-3 in their best 19-game streak since 2003.
Blue Jays starter Max Castillo was taken out in the fifth with a 4-1 lead after allowing a pair of one-out singles, and reliever David Phelps walked Justin Upton to load the bases.
Sam Haggerty then grounded out to Phelps, who threw home to start what appeared to be an easy double play late in the inning. But catcher Gabriel Moreno’s pitch went through Guerrero’s first baseman’s glove, allowing him to score a run.
Guerrero continued to stare in amazement at his glove as Phelps, who had started to turn from the mound to celebrate, suddenly stopped. Julio Rodriguez followed with an RBI single that cut Toronto’s lead to 4-3.
Bo Bichette homered, two singles and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in the four-game series and have lost nine of their last 10.
George Springer homered on the first pitch of the game for the Blue Jays, his 17th home run of the season and the 51st career leadoff home run. Raimel Tapia also homered for Toronto.
Santana, acquired from Kansas City in late June, hit a leadoff home run in the second.
Moreno dropped a JP Crawford popup to start the eighth for Seattle. Santana hit off Adam Cimber (8-3) for his seventh homer this season, three for the Mariners.
The Mariners tied it at 4 on Cal Raleigh’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Bitchette homered in the seventh.
Seattle starter Logan Gilbert allowed four runs on nine hits, both matching their season highs, over six innings.
Matt Festa (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win and Paul Sewald recorded his 10th save.
On Saturday, the Mariners sent rookie starter George Kirby to Triple-A Tacoma to reduce his workload. Seattle manager Scott Servais said he expects Kirby to make a two- or three-inning start in Tacoma and return to the Mariners’ rotation after the All-Star break. Instead Wednesday in Washington, Seattle could have a bullpen day or start long reliever Tommy Milone, Servais said. Marco Gonzales will start Thursday in Texas.
Blue Jays: Toronto has a day off Monday and hasn’t announced a starter for Tuesday’s game at home against Philadelphia.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 ERA) will start Seattle’s two-game series at Washington on Tuesday. Flexen has won his last three starts.
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