Mariners Moving Toward the Light — Toronto Deals Them Fifth Straight Loss
TORONTO (AP) -- Mark Buehrle pitched eight shutout innings to reach 200 innings for the 14th consecutive season, Ryan Goins drove in the only run of the game and the Toronto Blue Jays pushed Seattle closer to playoff elimination, beating the slumping Mariners 1-0 Wednesday night.
Buehrle (13-10) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out 10, one shy of his season high. He left to his second standing ovation of the night after Chris Taylor's leadoff single in the ninth.
Aaron Sanchez came on and picked off pinch runner James Jones, then got the final two outs for his third save in as many chances.
The Mariners lost their fifth straight and have dropped nine of 12. Seattle had inched closer in the wild card race when Oakland lost to the Angels Wednesday afternoon, but the defeat dropped them three games back with four to play.