08/16 20:56 CDT Guerrero, Grichuk power Blue Jays to 7-3 win over Mariners
Guerrero, Grichuk power Blue Jays to 7-3 win over Mariners
By IAN HARRISON
TORONTO (AP) --- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back home
runs, Jacob Waguespack won his third straight decision and the Toronto Blue
Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Friday.
Derek Fisher and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays, who have hit
110 home runs since June 16. The New York Yankees entered play Friday with a
major league-leading 112 homers in the same span.
Toronto has won five of seven and 12 of 18. The Mariners have lost five of
eight and 10 of 13.
Waguespack (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, winning for
the third time in three starts. The right-hander threw a career-high 102
Guerrero Jr. and Grichuk connected off left-hander Wade LeBlanc (6-7) four
pitches apart in the third inning. Guerrero's homer was his 14th. Grichuk hit
The Blue Jays have hit back-to-back homers 12 times this season, breaking the
team record set in 1999.
Fisher homered off LeBlanc in the second inning as the Blue Jays overcame a
two-run deficit with the first of consecutive three-run innings. Jansen made it
four homers off LeBlanc, leading off the seventh inning with his 12th of the
The four home runs allowed matched LeBlanc's career-worst. He also allowed four
homers against Minnesota on May 18.
LeBlanc has lost four straight decisions. He allowed seven runs and matched a
career-worst by giving up 11 hits in seven innings.
Matt Wisler opened for Seattle with a scoreless first, and the Mariners jumped
ahead on a two-out, two-run single by Tim Lopes in the second.
Toronto turned the deficit around in the bottom half when Brandon Drury hit an
RBI single and Fisher followed with his fourth home run.
Mariners: RHP Flix Hernndez (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start at
Triple-A Tacoma Monday. Hernandez pitched four shutout innings for Class A
Everett on Aug. 14, striking out eight and allowing just one hit. Hernandez
went 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts for Seattle in April and May, but
hasn't pitched in the majors since May 11 at Boston, when he allowed seven runs
in 2 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays: Toronto claimed C Beau Taylor on waiver from Oakland and assigned
him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Mariners minor league LHP Eliezer Mejia was suspended 72 games Friday for
testing positive for the steroid stanozolol. Mejia, 18, was playing in the
Dominican Summer League. His suspension will carry into next season.
Mariners: Seattle has not named a starter for Saturday afternoon's game.
Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton (4-8, 5.34) starts for Toronto on Saturday, his
first career appearance against Seattle. Thornton was a hard-luck loser against
the Yankees on Aug. 11, allowing one run in six innings. He's 1-1 with a 4.60
ERA in three starts this month.
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