Suárez hits walk-off homer in 11th as Mariners top Blue Jays 5-2

The Mariners have won six straight games and are 14-3 in their last 17 games.

SEATTLE — Eugenio Suárez hit a three-run homer in front of Sergio Romo in the 11th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Friday night for their best sixth straight win of the season.

Suárez didn’t miss a 2-1 push from Romo (0-1) and kept it fair on the left field line. It was his 15th home run of the season and improved Seattle to 43-42, the first time the Mariners were over .500 since going 12-11 on May 2.

Romo only threw four pitches in his brief outing. The veteran was picked up by Seattle late last month before signing with the Blue Jays.

Former Toronto relief Ryan Borucki (1-0) clinched the win by pitching the 10th and 11th innings without conceding a run. Borucki came out of 10th thanks to Matt Chapman dipping into a double play. On the 11th, Chapman got an out for third place, but Borucki beat Cavan Biggio and got a fly out from George Springer.

Seattle tried to win it in the 10th on JP Crawford’s line drive single to left field. Third base coach Manny Acta made the aggressive decision to send Abraham Toro out from second position, but Lorde’s Gurriel Jr. shot was on target and Toro was easily substituted.

Dylan Moore had an RBI double in the second inning and Crawford added an RBI double in the third that Julio Rodríguez scored from first base. Rodríguez almost scored to start the game, but his drive hit the top of the wall in midfield and he was kicked out after stumbling and falling between second and third place.

Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings.

Gurriel had an RBI single in the second inning and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored in Teoscar Hernández’s fifth RBI single.

Seattle starter George Kirby lasted 4 1/3 innings and conceded 10 hits, but the Blue Jays only managed two runs despite the constant traffic on the bases. Toronto kept the bases loaded in the fourth inning, leaving runners second and third in the fifth.

Toronto ended with two All-Star Game starters after Guerrero and catcher Alejandro Kirk won the final vote to be starters on their positions for the July 18 game in Los Angeles.

It will be the second All-Star Game appearance for Guerrero but the first for Kirk, who came on Friday with a .312 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs.

Guerrero beat Seattle Ty France for the pitch on first base.

Toronto activated RHP Yimi García from the 15-day injured list and optioned RHP Casey Lawrence for Triple-A Buffalo. García had been out since June 22 with a back strain.

Blue Jays: Toronto hasn’t named a starter for Sunday’s series finale. Manager Charlie Montoyo said he wants to see how the next two days go before deciding on a starter. He also said there is still a chance RHP Kevin Gausman (ankle) will be healthy enough to make the start. Gausman was due to start on Thursday but was scraped after being hit in the ankle on his last start.

Mariners: RHP Ken Giles left the game with an undisclosed injury with an out in the eighth inning and mid-at-bat. Giles came out of the inning first but then demanded a coach after falling 3-1 against Santiago Espinal.

Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (9-3, 2.33) is looking to bounce back from a loss in his last start and bolster his All-Star-worthy resume. Manoah conceded four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start against Oakland. The four earned runs equaled an allowed season high.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (7-6, 3.62) meets his former team for the first time. Ray did not travel to Toronto with the Mariners when the teams met in May due to border restrictions related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Ray is 4-1 with a .80 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings in his last five starts. Suárez hits walk-off homer in 11th as Mariners top Blue Jays 5-2

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