Back to .500, Mariners beat Toronto 8-3 to open series

The Mariners are back at 0.500 for the first time since May 3rd.

SEATTLE — Dylan Moore hit a homer — with an assist from left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. — and Marco Gonzalez gave up two earned runs and went into the seventh inning, giving the Seattle Mariners an 8-3 win over the Toronto Blue on Thursday night Jays led .

Cal Raleigh and Eugenio Suarez also scored, driving for Seattle in three runs. But Moore’s unusual home run was the highlight.

Moore hit a deep fly on the warning lane in the second inning. Gurriel tracked him down but as he made a run up on the lane the ball went into his glove and immediately bounced out and over the wall.

Santiago Espinal had three goals for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Seattle’s offense knocked out Toronto opener Anthony Banda (0-1) after four batters. Banda gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in a third of an inning.

Gonzalez (5-9) didn’t need much running support. Gurriel netted from a throwing error by Suarez in the second inning, and Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had back-to-back run-scoring singles in the fifth.

Gonzalez drove the rest of the way. He has gone at least six innings in six of his last seven starts and has given up three runs or fewer in all seven.

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman, who left his last start on Saturday after being hit in the right foot by a line drive, had an MRI on his right ankle that showed a bone bruise but no fracture. He plans to throw a bullpen on Friday and was hoping to start Sunday or Monday. …LHP Yusei Kikuchi was placed on the 15-day IL with a neck strain. … RHP Yimi Garcia (back strain) is with the Seattle team and could activate that series. …OF George Springer was off the lineup Thursday. “He’s breaking down, he’s in aches and pains and we couldn’t give him a full day off,” Toronto coach Charlie Montoyo said.

Mariners: 1B Ty France (left elbow sprain) was activated by the IL before the game and served as the designated hitter. France, an All-Star finalist, leads Seattle with a .316 average this season.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.32 ERA) hit Seattle twice as a reliever this season, allowing two runs with two hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Mariners: RHP rookie George Kirby (2-3, 3.75) makes his 12th start. On his last timeout, Kirby allowed a seven-inning run in a no-decision game against Oakland, his longest outing, and tied his high with nine strikeouts. Back to .500, Mariners beat Toronto 8-3 to open series

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