MLB: Complete collapse of the Blue Jays against the Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9 in a wild second game on Saturday to knock the Canadian club out of the playoffs.

In the ninth inning, Cal Raleigh doubled off Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano and scored the go-ahead run off Adam Frazier, who doubled into the right field corner.

“It was a matchup of heavyweights and a rollercoaster game,” Blue Jays receiver Danny Jansen said. Both teams conceded goals throughout the game. It was a tough match. »

George Kirby made the save and the Mariners completed the best-of-three first-round series in front of a packed and stunned Rogers Center.

Teoscar Hernandez hit twice for the hosts to help the Blue Jays take an 8-1 lead after five innings. However, Carlos Santana’s triple in the sixth, where the Mariners scored four, and four in the eighth allowed the Mariners to tie the game.

“It’s really tough,” admitted Blue Jays shortstop Teoscar Hernandez. There is nothing I can say that will make me feel better for a while. »

This is the second time in three years that the Blue Jays have failed to win a first-round game. The Queen City club swept the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020 and missed the playoffs last year.

The Mariners will face the Houston Astros in a best-of-five series. The confrontation will begin on Tuesday, in Texas.

Blue Jays players will need to empty their lockers after a dizzying and surprising slump. This is another failure in October.

Raleigh drove in three runs and had three of 13 hits for the Mariners. Danny Jansen, who had three hits, drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, while Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk each added two hits.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman had a good start that ended after five and two-thirds innings. Former Blue Jays left-hander Robbie Ray went just over three innings in his first start for Toronto since signing with the Mariners in the offseason.

Gausman allowed five hits, four runs and struck out seven.

The Mariners beat the Blue Jays 4-0 in the first game of the series on Friday. It was the Blue Jays’ first home playoff game since 2016.

“We are not giving up. We haven’t quit all year,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. There is some extra determination in our group. Guys just trust each other. »

The Torontonians won 92 games this season – two more than the Mariners – and secured the top spot among teams selected from America before the end of the campaign. This allowed the Blue Jays to rest some key players late in the season.

But it didn’t pay off against the Mariners, who weren’t intimidated by the loud crowd in Toronto.

The Blue Jays have not won a playoff series since 2016, when they reached the All-American Championship Series for the second year in a row. The Blue Jays’ last World Series victory was in 1993.

This season, the Mariners ended a 21-year drought without making the playoffs.

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