Felix and Paxton and HRs Give Mariners Two Wins in a Row Against BlueJays
Hernandez gets 7th win, Mariners beat Blue Jays 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his big league-leading 17th home run, Felix Hernandez became the first seven-game winner in the majors and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Friday night.
Hernandez (7-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season to pitch seven sharp innings, lowering his ERA to 2.19.
Toronto lost for the eighth time in 10 games and fell to 2-9 in one-run games.
Edwin Encarnacion's two-out homer in the first was the only blemish for Hernandez, who gave up four hits and walked two.
Hernandez struck out eight, moving past Catfish Hunter and into a tie with Orel Hershiser for 70th on baseball's career strikeout list.
Paxton wins 3rd straight, Mariners beat Blue Jays 3-2
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Seager homered, James Paxton earned his first road win of the season and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday.
Paxton (3-2) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings. It was his first road win since last Sept. 2 at Oakland. He'd gone 0-3 with a 5.30 ERA in his previous six outings away from home.
Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the seventh, Carson Smith worked the eighth and Fernando Rodney finished for his 12th save.
The slumping Blue Jays lost for the 11th time in 14 games and fell to 2-10 in one-run decisions. They've lost sixth straight one-run games.
Mark Buehrle (5-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings.