Mariners rally for 10-9 win vs. Blue Jays, advance to ALDS vs. Houston

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners rallied from behind Saturday night in Toronto to claim a 10-9 victory over the Blue Jays. Seattle will now play in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS) against the Houston Astros starting Tuesday, Oct. 11 with the time of the first pitch not yet known. But Saturday, the Mariners rallied from down seven at 8-1 to sweep the 2-0 Wild Card series victory over Toronto. Seattle put up 10 runs on 13 hits while Toronto had nine runs on 12 hits.

The Blue Jays had a 4-0 lead after four with Seattle getting their first run of the game in the fifth inning. With two men on, Jarred Kelenic hit a sac fly to score Adam Frazier. Toronto answered with four more runs for an 8-1 lead going into the sixth inning. Seattle tacked on four runs to make it 8-5 after six before Toronto drove one across the plate to make it 9-5 after seven. Seattle had just two innings left to mount a comeback and they would deliver with four runs in the eighth to make it 9-9. Cal Raleigh singled on a line drive to score Eugenio Suarez. Then with the bases loaded, JP Crawford hit a blooper that dropped just outside the infield. Toronto fielders couldn’t get to it and all three runners on base came home.

Then in the top of the ninth, Frazier hit a leadoff double to score Raleigh and give Seattle a 10-9 lead.

In the top of the ninth, George Kirby sat the Blue Jays down in short order as they allowed just one walk. Teoscar Hernandez grounded out, Matt Chapman was walked, Danny Jansen struck out and Raimel Tapia lined out to center field.

Raleigh, Frazier, Crawford, Kelenic and Carlos Santana combined for nine rbi’s. Coming across the plate to score for Seattle was Ty France, Mitch Haniger, Suarez, Raleigh, Frazier and Santana.