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Santana, red-hot Mariners beat Blue Jays 2-1 for 7th straight win

Jul 9, 2022, 10:21 PM | Updated: 11:16 pm
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 09: Carlos Santana #41 of the Seattle Mariners flips his bat after hitting a two run home run during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park on July 09, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) 
              Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez (37) slides, but is tagged out at second base by Seattle Mariners second baseman Abraham Toro, left, on an attempted steal during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray is greeted in the dugout after getting out of a based-loaded jam in the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Robbie Ray reacts after getting out of a based-loaded jam at the end of the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Carlos Santana provided the jolt to back up another terrific night of pitching and kept Seattle on the kind of roll not seen from the Mariners in nearly two decades.

Mariners 2, Blue Jays 1: Box score

Santana hit his first home run since being acquired by Seattle, lining a two-run shot off Toronto starter Alek Manoah that lifted the Mariners to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday night.

Seattle won its seventh straight and has taken 15 of its past 18. The 15-3 run is the best 18-game stretch by the Mariners since May 16-June 5, 2003.

“When fans are there, when it’s loud every single pitch, when everybody’s hanging on every single pitch it’s fun to play baseball,” Seattle starter Robbie Ray said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Santana’s homer came in the seventh inning after Seattle had managed just one hit off Manoah through the first six. J.P. Crawford led off the seventh with a single and Santana ambushed a fastball in the middle of the plate for his fifth home of the season and his biggest hit to date with the Mariners.

“(Manoah) was pitching great. We needed him to make a mistake, and we need to take advantage of it and we did,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

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

“The energy is great,” Santana said. “We have to keep it up. It’s a long season.”

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

Ray struck out six and pitched out of a major jam in the fifth inning when Toronto loaded the bases with no outs and failed to score. Over his past six starts, Ray has a 0.91 ERA with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts.

“That pitching staff over there, that bullpen and the way they’re pitching, you got to give them credit too. They haven’t allowed that many runs in the last 20 something games and they’re hot,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “They’re playing good baseball and they had Robbie Ray on the mound today. We’ve seen that before.”

Matt Brash (2-3) struck out a pair as part of a perfect seventh inning, including a 13-pitch strikeout of Lordes Gurriel Jr. that included nine foul balls.

Pitching for the third straight day, Diego Castillo faced trouble in the ninth after one-out singles by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alejandro Kirk. Castillo got groundouts from Teoscar Hernández and Matt Chapman for his fifth save.

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

Manoah struck out seven and walked four.

“It’s a pleasure to manage him. I’m telling you because when you take the mound, he gave you all he had (and) saved the bullpen for tomorrow,” Montoyo said.

SPRINGER DINGER

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

ROSTER MOVES

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

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

Catcher Luis Torrens (shoulder) was also activated from the 10-day IL and C Andrew Knapp was designated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was not 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 on the ankle in his last start and was scratched from his scheduled turn on Thursday.

UP 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) looks to join Houston’s Justin Verlander as the only 11-game winners 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 in every start this season.

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