Pillar's walkoff homer lifts Blue Jays over Mariners; Toronto wins fifth straight

Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez assesses the damage with catcher Russell Martin during his last brief appearance on April 30 at the Rogers Centre

Pillar's walkoff homer lifts Blue Jays over Mariners; Toronto wins fifth straight

"I wanted to keep my jersey on because I told my mom we'd get a picture after the game", Pillar explained after his walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre.

Pillar homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and a sweep of their four-game series.

"It's been a wild year so far", Mariners manager Scott Servais said with a rueful smile.

Cody Allen, pitching in a non-save situation, walked Justin Smoak and Steve Pearce to load the bases with two out.

The Mariners tied it 1-1 in the fifth when Ben Gamel punched a double over the head of Pillar to score Jarrod Dyson from third.

"He's a little more aggressive early in the count, and he's laying off that breaking ball", manager John Gibbons said.

The Blue Jays (16-21) have won four games in a row for the first time this season and the Mariners (17-20) have lost three straight.

Marcus Stroman had another strong outing, throwing 6 complete frames and allowing just 2 earned runs, 8 hits and striking out 9 in the outing.

With Pillar's three hits on Saturday, which included a double in his 1,500th career at-bat in the majors during the fifth inning, he now has five games with three hits or more this season.

Despite getting behind in the first inning, Marco Estrada, would battle is way through six very effective innings.

Both teams wore alternate uniforms picked out with pink and used matching bats and equipment in honour of Mother's Day. "Then all of a sudden I just kind of turned things around". He also had an RBI single in a three-run fourth for the AL Central leaders, who handed Cleveland its third straight loss. Right-hander Leonel Campos was called up to take Liriano's roster spot, but he'll only serve in a bullpen role.

"If my memory was that good, I'd be frightened", said Bautista. The Mariners have not had a winning record at any point this season.

Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda allowed one run in five-plus innings. But the key stat is this: The Mariners scored six runs in losing four games to Toronto.

De Jong was excited to face Toronto, the team that drafted him out of high school in 2012, and the team his cousin Jordan pitched for in 2007.

"I felt like if I went out there thinking about that I was already defeated", he said. Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (quadriceps) was a late scratch from the lineup. LHP James Paxton (left forearm) played catch at 60 feet at Safeco Field on Thursday and will be reevaluated Friday. To make room for Lawrence, RHP Evan Scribner was moved from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL.

Aaron Sanchez (0-1) returned to start after a stint on the 10-day disabled list and allowed one unearned run, five hits and struck out four in five innings pitched. He left the game Tuesday in the seventh inning with the injury.RF Jose Bautista was DH for the second straight game with OF Ezequiel Carrera in right field.

First things first, for a Jays team that can not afford to look too far ahead, nor get over confident with any opponent, was Thursday's assignment.

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, 2.45 ERA) will make his first start of the season. "Look at a guy like Justin Smoak, who's not a real emotional guy - see what a home run does to him".

This story has been corrected to show the pitcher replacing Ryan Weber was Dillon Overton.

After a solid second half of the season with the Toronto Blue Jays previous year, left-hander Francisco Liriano seemed poised to take the reigns as the veteran of the Blue Jays rotation.

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