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Blue Jays fail to complete sweep of Mariners as Ty France's homer leads Seattle to win

Written by on May 18, 2022

Ty France’s two-run homer helped the Seattle Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Cal Raleigh and Montreal’s Abraham Toro added solo home runs as Seattle (17-21) avoided a three-game sweep in Toronto.

Marco Gonzales (2-4) gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, striking out two over six innings. Andres Munoz, Paul Sewald and Diego Castillo shut the door the rest of the way.

Vladimir Guererro Jr. and Santiago Espinal both extended their career-best hit streaks for the Blue Jays (20-18).

Guerrero has had a hit in 15-straight games and Espinal’s streak is now 12 games long.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) limited Seattle to two runs despite giving up seven hits and a walk over five innings, striking out three.

Trevor Richards, Ryan Borucki, and Ross Stripling came on in relief for Toronto. Richards allowed France’s homer and Stripling gave up Toro’s.

Gausman coughed up three consecutive singles to right field to start the first inning, loading the bases. Jesse Winkler hit a sacrifice fly — also to right field — to score Adam Frazier for a 1-0 Mariners lead.

Espinal continued his hit streak in the third inning with a single to left field. He was forced out after George Springer hit into a fielder’s choice, but Toronto scratched out a run as Bo Bichette and Guerrero followed up Springer’s hit with consecutive walks to force Matt Chapman across home plate.

Raleigh led off the fifth inning with a line drive just over the left-field wall at Rogers Centre to restore Seattle’s one-run lead. The 391-foot shot was his third of the season.

France’s sixth home run of the season came in the top of the seventh. Richards had struck out two to start the inning and then Frazier singled, setting up France’s 416-foot bomb to left field for a 4-1 Mariner’s lead.

Guererro’s single to right field off of Sewald in the eighth inning extended his hit streak to 15, a new career high. His previous best was a 14-game streak last season from Aug. 23 to Sept. 6.

Toro added to Seattle’s lead in the ninth, sending a 2-2 pitch from Stripling over the right-field fence. It was the Canadian’s fifth home run of the season.

Blue Jays left-fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., left the game in the sixth inning with left hamstring tightness.