Mariners Score Early to Cage Blue Jays
SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run in the first inning and starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Wednesday night, completing a sweep of the three-game series.
Morales' homer was his second in three at-bats, a span that started Tuesday night.
Iwakuma (11-6) failed to finish seven innings for the first time in eight starts, but the right-hander still struck out five without issuing a walk in 6 2-3 innings.
Three relievers bridged the gap to closer Fernando Rodney, who earned his 35th save in 38 chances. The Mariners won eight of nine on their homestand and remained tied with Detroit for the American League's second wild card.
R.A. Dickey (9-12) was shaky at times, but only allowed two runs and seven hits with four walks in six innings.