J.A. Happ is the second pitcher in the majors to win 20 games this season, and his offense helped him do so in dominant fashion, as the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 10-2 last night. The win moves the Jays into first in the American League Wild Card race.
The Blue Jays saw offence coming from throughout the lineup, with Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hitting a two-run homer run in the game. When the top of the fourth inning, when all was said and done, Happ came out with an eight run lead.
The two home runs came in the fourth inning for the Jays, along with some timely hitting. Ezequiel Carrera hit an RBI single after the two homers, which chased Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Reliever Nick Vincent received the same treatment when he came out, as the Devon Travis scored Carrera with a bloop single down the right field line, and then Edwin Encarnacion added two more runs with a double.
Josh Donaldson opened the sixth inning with his 35th home run of the year, and Encarnacion hit his 42nd homer of the year to round out the scoring for the Jays.
The Mariners had originally taken a two nothing lead in the third, before the Blue Jays had their bats come alive in the fourth. The offensive output in that inning also made history, as Martin and Saunders became the first Canadian-born teammates in major league history to hit at least 20 home runs in the same season.
The two teams will take the field again this afternoon. Aaron Sanchez will get the start for the Jays in the series finale. The Mariners will reply with Felix Hernandez. The game starts at 1:40 p.m. Saskatchewan time, and you can catch all the action on Saskatchewan’s home of Blue Jays Baseball, AM1190, starting with the pregame show at 1:30 p.m.