MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 380
Toronto0 2 0 0 1 3 3 0 x 9151
  W: R. Ray (6-3)   L: R. Montero (5-3)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)5:07 PM CT, June 29, 2021
Sahlen Field, Buffalo, New York  Attendance: 6,736

Surging Mariners, Blue Jays clash in Buffalo

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Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. These teams split 16 games hosted by the Blue Jays since 2015 but the Mariners won four of the five series during that span. Since June 13, Toronto and Seattle have the AL's second and third-best run differentials, respectively, at +29 and +23 (Houston, +65).
  2. The Mariners won two out of three against the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, picking up only their second road series victory since the start of May. Seattle went 7-3 through its first 10 road games of 2021 but is 10-19 since.
  3. Toronto is 7-1 in its last eight games, recording double-digit hits in five of those contests. The Blue Jays rank second in the majors this month in batting average at .275 (Astros -- .301), and their 34 games this year with 10+ hits are the second most in MLB (Astros -- 35).
  4. Mitch Haniger is the third Mariner since 2010 with 75+ hits, 45+ runs and 45+ RBI prior to his 75th game of a season. Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz each hit those marks in 2016.
  5. After hitting 24 homers through his first two career seasons, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. co-leads the majors this year with 26 (Shohei Ohtani) while ranking third with a .342 batting average. Only twice since 1995 has an AL hitter had 25+ homers and a .333+ batting average before July 1; the Jays' Carlos Delgado did so in in 2000 and Miguel Cabrera did so in 2013.
  6. Robbie Ray reached 100 strikeouts for the year in his 14th game, tying Roger Clemens (1997) and A.J. Burnett (2007) for the fewest needed to reach that mark in a single season by any player in team history. Chris Flexen has posted three straight quality starts and has pitched 6.0+ innings in each of his last five outings, going 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA over that span.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/29/2021 thru 7/1/2021

After a positive start to a six-game road trip, the Seattle Mariners will be chasing more success when they open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Mariners took two of three games from the first-place Chicago White Sox to begin the trip and have now won seven of their past nine.

The Blue Jays also are on the rise. After winning three of four games from the Baltimore Orioles to open a 10-game homestand, they have won seven of their past eight after losing five consecutive.

Both the Mariners and Blue Jays are 13-11 in June.

Toronto will start left-hander Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.35 ERA) against Seattle right-hander Chris Flexen (6-3, 3.87).

Ray is 0-1, 3.71, in three career games against Seattle. Flexen will be facing Toronto for the first time.

Both teams had Monday off. The Mariners clinched the series against the White Sox on Sunday when they won 3-2 on a ninth-inning homer by Taylor Trammell in the completion of a game that had been suspended on Saturday in the top of the third by rain.

The Mariners then lost the seven-inning series finale 7-5 later Sunday. They found positives in the loss after coming back from a 7-1 deficit with one run in the sixth and a three-run homer by Mitch Haniger in the seventh.

"Really good effort by our guys," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "At the end, nobody is giving at-bats away. We forced them to bring in their closer in a game they probably thought they had wrapped up. So it says a lot about how we are playing."

After completing an 8-2 homestand, the Mariners won the opener of their trip 9-3 over Chicago on Friday.

"Got a lot of confidence with this group," Servais said on Sunday. "Just a little clunky with the rainout (Saturday) and going back-to-back (Sunday). But I thought we played really well in this series."

Hector Santiago, who allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings on Sunday in the suspended game, was ejected in the fifth inning after a sticky substance was found on his glove. He is facing a possible suspension.

In their 5-2 win on Sunday that clinched a 3-1 series win over the Orioles, the Blue Jays' bullpen showed improvement for the second consecutive game. Over the final four innings, four Toronto relievers allowed no runs, one hit and two walks, with right-hander Patrick Murphy allowing the walk and the hits.

Two relievers pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in the 12-4 victory on Saturday after the bullpen allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings of a 6-5 loss in 10 innings to Baltimore on Friday.

"I'm not surprised," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said on Sunday. "Like I've always said, if our bullpen regroups and does the job like they did today, we're going to win games because we're going to hit. We're playing great defense and our starters are doing a great job.

"(The bullpen) is the piece that we were missing, but (Sunday) is a great example that they did a great job. If they can bounce back, we're going to compete and we're going to be good."

Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire is batting .533 (16-for-30) with five doubles and three RBIs in his past 10 games.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 28, 2021

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