Some “home away from home” games appear to be just what the doctor ordered for the Toronto Blue Jays as they defeated the Seattle Mariners in convincing fashion on Tuesday night 10-2.
Toronto’s 14 hits and an eight-run fourth inning stole the show, but veteran left-hander J.A. Happ hit the biggest milestone of his career with the victory.
Happ earned win number 20 on the season, allowing two runs over five innings of work with eight strikeouts. His record now sits at 20-4 with a 3.28 ERA, and he’ll have a chance to go for number 21 before the season ends.
Entering the fourth inning down 2-0, Russell Martin quickly tied the game with his 20th home run of the season off Hisashi Iwakuma. Michael Saunders followed with a two-run shot of his own, his 24th, before Ezequiel Carrera and Devon Travis each tacked on another run with singles. Edwin Encarnacion rounded out the frame with a two-run double.
Encarnacion wasn’t done there, either. The slugger hit his 42nd home run of the season in the eighth, tying a career high. Josh Donaldson also added a solo shot, number 35.
Aaron Loup was first out of the bullpen for Toronto in the sixth and looked sharp, tossing one scoreless inning with a strikeout. Ryan Tepera fanned a pair in his inning before Brett Cecil and Scott Feldman closed out the shutdown relief effort.