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Clarence Duncan | 12 June, 2017, 06:37

"I felt strong out there", said Happ, who made his third start since missing more than a month with elbow issues. "I had more life on my fastball than in the first two outings".

Miranda worked 61/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

Joe Smith got out of a jam in the eighth by striking out Seager and getting Taylor Motter to ground out after Seattle had runners at the corners and one out.

Happ allowed six hits but struck out eight in getting his first win since last September 20. Smoak also has 18 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 36 runs scored.

Six Blue Jays relievers combined for three scoreless innings to complete the shutout, allowing three hits.

The Mariners couldn't attempt the comeback thanks to Roberto Osuna earning his 15th save of the season.

It was an uncharacteristic start for Paxton, who gave up just his second homer of the season, and one that continued the frustration that has defined his relationship with the Jays.

Paxton allowed eight hits and walked three.

The victory also signalled the return to form of Happ, who was making his third appearance since returning from the disabled list.

Justin Smoak might just turn into a huge bargain for the Blue Jays, as he makes $4.125 million this season and next year, with a team option worth $6 million in place for the 2019 Major League Baseball season. After his third walk of the game, this time to Jose Bautista, Kendrys Morales crushed a meatball off the facing of the second deck in left for Morales' 12th homer of the season.

The Blue Jays struck again in the fourth, as Pillar doubled with two outs and Donaldson drove him home with a single to right. Danny Valencia's single scored Cano with the tying run, and Dyson followed with a liner to center scoring Kyle Seager and giving Seattle a 3-2 lead. "I was definitely going heater at that point because I know he's got a really good heater, as he should".

Seattle got another runner into scoring position in the seventh against the Toronto bullpen, as Ben Gamel led off with a single off Jeff Beliveau and stole second. The closer got Haniger to fly out to right field to cap the victory. Haniger has been out since April 26 with a strained oblique.

Nationals starter Max Scherzer became the 80th pitcher in baseball history to accrue 2,000 career strikeouts, notching the milestone in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Rangers.

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.

Mariners: Yovani Gallardo (2-6) gets the start as Seattle opens a seven-game road trip in Minnesota on Monday.

Unfortunately for the M's, Zych's 1-2 sinker to Eziquiel Carrera leading off the eighth didn't sink and Carrera crushed it to the right-field bleachers to regain the lead for Toronto.

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