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Recap: Blue Jays 7, Mariners 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: August 06, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

SEATTLE (AP) - Felix Hernandez just wanted to throw a first-pitch strike.

Turned out to be exactly what Jose Reyes was looking for and started Seattle's ace toward his first loss since late May.

``A lot of it was I fell behind since the beginning,' Hernandez said. ``A leadoff homer; that was a tough game.'

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Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game, added an RBI single to cap Toronto's big fourth inning, and the Blue Jays handed Hernandez his first loss since May 25 with a 7-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays battered Hernandez (11-5) and knocked him out after just five innings, matching his shortest start of the season. Hernandez was not sharp and when he missed, the Blue Jays took advantage.

``He wasn't getting a whole lot off the corners. It was a pretty tight strike zone,' Seattle acting manager Robby Thompson said. ``When he missed, it was out over the plate and he was hit.'

Hernandez remained stuck on 11 wins. In his previous two starts, he was burned by the inability of Seattle's bullpen to hold a lead and get Hernandez his 12th victory.

On Tuesday, Hernandez was at fault early, giving up a homer to Reyes, but Seattle's defense did him no favors. The Mariners committed three errors that led to three unearned runs while Hernandez was on the mound.

Despite lasting just five innings, Hernandez's ERA only rose from 2.30 to 2.39. Hernandez had not lost since May 25, a span of 12 starts.

Hernandez didn't want to put any of the blame on the errors made behind him.

``It's part of the game. I made a couple of mistakes, fell behind a lot,' Hernandez said. ``They capitalized and scored some runs.'

Josh Johnson (2-8) pitched well with his potential spot in the rotation at stake. Johnson threw five scoreless innings and won for the first time since June 23, snapping a six-game losing streak.

Reyes brought the huge contingent of Blue Jays' fans to their feet from the start. He lined Hernandez's first fastball of the night 399 feet into the seats in right for his eighth homer of the season. It was Reyes' 18th career leadoff homer and first this season.

For Hernandez, it was just the second leadoff homer allowed in his career and a precursor to a tough night.

``He's one of the best pitchers in the game,' Reyes said. ``I had that approach before the game I was looking for a fastball right in the middle the first pitch and I try to put my best swing and that's what happened.'

Toronto scored three times in the fourth helped by two Seattle errors. Emilio Bonifacio had the big hit with a two-out double into the gap in right-center field.

Bonifacio's hit came after three defensive breakdowns by Seattle: Kyle Seager committed his second error of the night, shortstop Brad Miller threw wildly to second trying to start a double play and Miller failed to hold the ball when tagging Brett Lawrie on a stolen base.

Reyes followed Bonifacio with an RBI single to cap the big inning. Toronto then scored twice more in the fifth when Colby Rasmus dropped an RBI single on a two-out, 0-2 pitch from Hernandez. That was followed by Lawrie's RBI single and a 6-0 lead.

``Anytime you give these offensive minded clubs - the Red Sox, Baltimore and these guys here - extra outs, it's not a good thing,' Thompson said. ``It made Felix work a little harder and his pitch count got up.'

Seattle's ugly night defensively was capped in the seventh when Raul Ibanez committed the Mariners' fourth error spiking an attempted throw from left field into the ground just a few feet in front of him and allowing Jose Bautista to score Toronto's seventh run.

Toronto's offensive output made it an easy night for Johnson, who in his previous four starts had an ERA of 14.06, but was masterful against the Mariners. After getting out of a jam in the first, Seattle never got a runner to third base until the seventh on Miller's two-run triple.

``He's got a lively fastball, good (sinker) and he was mixing in the curve ball and we were just chasing it,' Miller said. ``Personally, I chased a couple. Just a good mix. Then they brought in their bullpen and we just couldn't get anything going.'

Notes: Rasmus made a highlight catch robbing Morales of a potential home run in the sixth inning pulling in a deep drive to center field. ... Seattle optioned closer Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday in the hopes he can rediscover the command of his fastball. Seattle recalled reliever Carter Capps to take Wilhelmsen's spot. Seattle also released OF Jason Bay, who was designated for assignment on July 29. ... Texas' Ian Kinsler is the only other batter to hit a leadoff homer off Hernandez. ... The four errors by Seattle were its most since committing six vs. the Angels in September 2011.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Blue Jays at Mariners
Mon, Aug 5 Final 3 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Blue Jays at Mariners
Tue, Aug 6 Final 7 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Blue Jays at Mariners
Wed, Aug 7 Final 7 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +155   -140   7.5 
 SEA  -165   +120   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  +153   -135   7.5 
 SEA  -168   +115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TOR  9%   8%   58% 
 SEA  91%   92%   42% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 3 Cover: +119 
 SEA 1 Under: 4 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 2 Over: 12 
 TOR 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 8 Cover: +124 
 TOR 1 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Cover: +100 
 TOR 0 Under: 4 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Tuesday, Aug 6
 
    Tigers at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Rays at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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