Donaldson's homer leads Blue Jays to 4-0 win over Mariners


The fans and the Blue Jays invaded Safeco Field all weekend.

Of the 41,137 fans in attendance on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, some 70 percent of them were Blue Jays fans - continuing the Canadians' annual takeover of Safeco Field.

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, left, rounds the bases on his home run as Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager looks on in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Seattle.

"It seemed like their approach might have been to use the opposite field, took a couple of fastballs and went to the other side, not a ton of damage", said Happ. "It was an awesome atmosphere".

One of them turned out to be a lot of fun.

The loss is a sour ending to an otherwise uplifting homestand for the Mariners, who finished 7-4 in their longest homestand of the season.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez will be limited to 65 pitches in his rehab start on Sunday with Triple-A Tacoma, and is expected to make at least one more rehab start before rejoining the Mariners rotation.

A season-high three RBIs from Josh Donaldson sparked the Blue Jays offence in support of starter J.A. Happ, a 20-game victor last season who notched his first W of 2017.

In the process, the Jays handed the Ladner, B.C., native his first loss of the season, chasing him from the game after just four innings. "Just didn't have it".

Tyler Cloyd (1-0) pitched one inning of relief to get the victory in his first appearance in the majors since September 29, 2013.

But after Jays leadoff hitter Kevin Pillar doubled, Donaldson did his thing, hitting his eighth homer of the season and sixth in 14 games since returning to the Jays lineup after an extended stint on the DL. "I was definitely going heater at that point because I know he's got a really good heater, as he should". "I don't know if you can do that forever, but right now it's working. He's blown me up with it a few times in the past". Smoak also has 18 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 36 runs scored.

Kendrys Morales also had an RBI single in the fourth. The Blue Jays have allowed six runs in this series and four or less runs in seven of their last 12 games.

"That would be a good sign if we can do that more consistently, give the bullpen a little bit of a break", said Happ. "But like I said, we've got a plan to move forward and get me back to where I need to be". Yovani Gallardo (2-6, 6.26) pitches in the series opener, 5 p.m. Monday, opposite Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.18).

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger (oblique) was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since April 25. Seattle manager Scott Servais' reaction says it all. "For whatever reason, the Blue Jays have pitched our offensive players as tough as anybody all year". It's not going to happen all the time, but one thing we proved previous year out of the group we have here, that's what they can do.

Paxton, who spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a left arm injury before returning recently, got the hook after four innings and 94 pitches.