Seattle's offense hits the skids
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer off stellar Seattle starter James Paxton in the first inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays never looked back, beating the Mariners 4-0 Sunday at Safeco Field.
The Blue Jays (31-32) won two out of three games against the Mariners (31-33). Combined with a four-game sweep of the Mariners last month, Toronto has won six of seven games between the teams.
After a hot stretch, the Mariners have scored just two runs in the past two games.
Paxton suffered his first loss. He left after four innings, after giving up RBI singles to Donaldson and Kendrys Morales. He gave up eight hits and four runs while striking out three and walking three. He's now 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
Former Seattle pitcher J.A. Happ got the victory, allowing six hits and striking out eight and walking one in six innings. Toronto used a whopping six relievers to preserve the shutout.
The Mariners had nine hits, including three by Ben Gamel and two each by Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. But they went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Donaldson went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Mariners hit the road, starting with a series at Minnesota. Yovani Gallardo (2-6, 6.26) pitches in the series opener, 5 p.m. Monday, opposite Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.18).
They play four games at Minnesota and three at Texas.