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Rough Outing For Marco Estrada, Blue Jays Fall To Mariners

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Mariners 5 Blue Jays 2

Considering King Felix was on the mound, the Blue Jays got off to a promising start. With the help of a Felix Hernandez throwing error, a Jose Reyes infield single was cashed-in to give Toronto an early 1-0 lead. Marco Estrada, who pitched in place of the ill Drew Hutchison, managed to hold the Mariners off the scoreboard through the first three innings.

The lead quickly disappeared in the forth. Seth Smith led off the inning with an infield single that quickly scored from a Mark Trumbo opposite-field home run. That very same inning, the Mariners managed to put two runners in scoring position with only one out. The game looked like it could soon get out of hand, but Dioner Navarro made a terrific play to pick off Brad Miller at third base and end the inning.

Unfortunately, Marco Estrada's struggles continued the very next inning. Kyle Seager led off with a double, before Josh Donaldson's indecisiveness on a ground ball gave Nelson Cruz an infield hit. The very next batter, Robinson Cano, hit a triple to end Marco's day. Ryan Tepera entered in relief and pitched well, though a wild pitch scored Cano and extended the Mariners lead to 5-1.

A Jose Bautista solo shot in the sixth would be the only earned run that King Felix would allow. Hernandez left a 5-2 lead to the Mariners bullpen, which quickly shut the door the rest of the way.

Since no player had the number, Ryan Tepera and Steve Delabar will get Jays of the Day for solid innings of relief. Marco Estrada (-.347) gets the "suckage" award. Game two of the series will get underway tomorrow at 4:10 PM eastern time, with J.A. Happ expected to start for the Mariners.