Blue Jays’ Guerrero has throw break mitt, M’s win 8th in row

Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a throwing bust through his glove’s webbing and the M’s took advantage for their 8th straight win, 6-5.

SEATTLE (AP) — Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a throw through his glove’s webbing, and the Seattle Mariners took advantage for their eighth straight win, beating Toronto 6-5 at two on Sunday Home runs by Carlos Santana.

A day after Santana hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning for a 2-1 win, he hit in the eighth inning for a two-run go-ahead drive. The Mariners are 16-3 for their best 19-game streak since 2003.

Blue Jays starter Max Castillo was pulled into fifth with a 4-1 lead after giving up two singles with a single score, and reliever David Phelps went with Justin Upton to load bases.

Sam Haggerty then returned to Phelps, who threw home to start what appeared to be an easy innings-ending doubles play. But catcher Gabriel Moreno’s throw broke through the glove of Guerrero’s first baseman and allowed a run to score.

Guerrero kept glancing down at his glove in amazement while Phelps, who had begun to twirl off the hill in jubilation, suddenly stopped. Julio Rodriguez followed with an RBI single that cut Toronto’s lead to 4-3.

Bo Bichette had a homer, two singles and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who were swept in the four-game streak and lost nine of their last 10.

George Springer hit on the first pitch of the game for the Blue Jays, his 17th home run of the season and his 51st career leadoff homer. Raimel Tapia also scored for Toronto.

Santana, acquired by Kansas City in late June, hit a leadoff homer in the second.

Moreno dropped a pop from JP Crawford to start eighth in Seattle. Santana closed out Adam Cimber (8-3) for his seventh home run this season, three for the Mariners.

The Mariners tied it at 4 on Cal Raleigh’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Bitchette hit the seventh homer.

Seattle starter Logan Gilbert allowed four nine-hit runs in six innings, both of which matched his season bests.

Matt Festa (1-0) made a perfect eighth for the win and Paul Sewald made his 10th save.


On Saturday, the Mariners voted rookie starter George Kirby to Triple-A Tacoma to lighten his workload. Seattle manager Scott Servais said he expects Kirby to make a two- or three-inning start in Tacoma and return to the Mariners’ rotation after the All-Star break. In his place Wednesday in Washington, Seattle could have a bullpen day or start long helper Tommy Milone, Servais said. Marco Gonzales starts in Texas on Thursday.


Blue Jays: Toronto has a day off Monday and hasn’t announced a starter for Tuesday’s home game against Philadelphia.

Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 ERA) will open Seattle’s two-game streak Tuesday in Washington. Flexen has won his last three starts. Blue Jays’ Guerrero has throw break mitt, M’s win 8th in row

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