Rookie Bo Bichette went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Teoscar Hernandez also homered, and Rowdy Tellez had a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to break a tie as the Blue Jays spoiled the return of longtime Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who was making his first start since May 11.
King Felix, sidelined by right shoulder issues, pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, both on solo homers, on three hits. He walked three and struck out four and received a standing ovation from the crowd at T-Mobile Park when he left with a 5-2 lead.
But the Blue Jays scored four runs off three Mariners relievers in the seventh inning to take the lead.
Teoscar Hernandez led off with a walk against Matt Wisler and advanced to second on a passed ball. Billy McKinney doubled to right field to drive in Hernandez. McKinney advanced to third on a flyout to center by Danny Jansen and scored on Bichette’s line-drive single to left.
Reggie McClain (0-1) replaced Wisler and walked Cavan Biggio, then threw a wild pitch as the runners moved to second and third. The tying run scored on a groundout by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Tellez followed with a line-drive double to left, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 advantage. Anthony Bass got Justin Smoak to line out to end the inning.
The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the eighth as Jansen walked with two outs and scored on Bichette’s double to center.
Blue Jays right-hander Brock Stewart (3-0), who followed opener Wilmer Font, got the victory. Stewart allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. Derek Law worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Kyle Seager gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single, but the Blue Jays tied it in the third on solo shots by Teoscar Hernandez and Bichette.
Seattle took a 5-2 lead in the fifth as Omar Narvaez hit a three-run homer.
–Field Level Media