Mariners win 7th in row, top Blue Jays 2-1 on Santana homer

Carlos Santana hit his first home run since being acquired from Seattle and lined a two-run shot that led the Mariners to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

SEATTLE (AP) — Carlos Santana has hit his first home run since being taken over by Seattle and set up a two-run shot at Toronto starter Alek Manoah that led the Mariners to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday night .

Seattle won its seventh straight win and has won 15 of its last 18. The 15-3 stretch is the Mariners’ best 18-game stretch since 2003.

Santana’s homer came in the seventh inning after Seattle managed just one hit from Manoah in the first six. JP Crawford led seventh with a single and Santana ambushed a mid-plate fastball for his fifth home game of the season and his biggest hit yet with the Mariners.

Santana was acquired by Kansas City for a pair of pitchers in late June.

Robbie Ray was meeting his former team for the first time, throwing six innings, allowing just three hits and a run on George Springer’s 16th home run of the season before the sixth inning. Ray won the AL Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays last season but did not travel to Toronto when the teams met in May due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ray hit six and threw himself out of a big jam in the fifth inning as Toronto loaded bases with no outs and failed to score. In his last six starts, Ray has a .91 ERA with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts.

Matt Brash (2-3) made a pair in a perfect seventh inning, including a nine-foul 13-pitch strikeout by Lordes Gurriel Jr.

Diego Castillo, who lined up for the third straight day, faced problems on the ninth after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alejandro Kirk only played once. Castillo got groundouts from Teoscar Hernández and Matt Chapman for his fifth save.

Manoah (9-4) matched Ray, throwing 7 1/3 innings but taking the loss. Manoah didn’t allow a hit until Ty France’s one-out double in the fourth and allowed a total of three baserunners until the problems in the seventh.

Manoah struck seven and walked four.

SPRINGER THINGS

Toronto’s entire offense came from Springer’s one shot. It was his 23rd career home run against Seattle. He hit 13 of the 23 at T-Mobile Park.

roster moves

Seattle made a number of moves to bolster its bullpen, recalling Triple-A Tacoma’s Brash and Matt Festa. RHP Ken Giles was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder infection and RHP Erik Swanson was placed on the paternity list.

Seattle also selected rookie starting pitcher George Kirby to Tacoma. With a day off Monday and the All-Star break looming, it’s an easy way for Seattle to manage Kirby’s innings. Right-hander Jacob Barnes was chosen from Tacoma to take Kirby’s place.

Catcher Luis Torrens (shoulder) was also activated by the 10 Day IL and C Andrew Knapp was designated for action.

TRAINING ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo wasn’t ready to name a starter for Sunday’s series finale, but it won’t be RHP Kevin Gausman. Montoyo said Gausman would not return to the rotation until Tuesday at the earliest. Gausman was hit in the ankle on his last start and was scratched from his scheduled lap on Thursday.

NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto is expected to make it a bullpen day and announce a starter on Sunday.

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.61) is looking to join Houston’s Justin Verlander as the lone 11-game winner in the American League. Gilbert allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against San Diego. Gilbert has pitched at least five innings at every start this season.

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