Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays game recap, July 7th

Despite a great day from Victor Robles playing in place of Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners dropped the final game of three-game series with the Blue Jays 5-4.
Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners
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The Mariners took on the Blue Jays today in the rubber match of a three-game series with Toronto. Seattle was playing without center fielder Julio Rodriguez, as he received another day of rest dealing with a sore quad. Victor Robles made the start today for the Mariners in center field in his place. Robles would make the most of his spot start. Hitting a solo home run in the third inning off Jays starter Jose Berrios. Robles then laid down a perfect bunt in the fifth which Berrios threw away.

Mitch Garver would drive in Victor Robles and Dominic Canzone with a three-run home run to put the Mariners back in front 4-1. The Mariners were able to get to Berrios for four runs on six hits. That lead would hold up until the seventh inning. George Kirby who pitched well through six innings, giving up just one run, left the game after giving up two singles to begin the seventh (Kirby's line 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 8 K, 1 BB). Ryne Stanek would let up a three-run home run to George Springer which tied the game at 4-4.

The Mariners offense failed again and again in the series finale loss

Berrios stayed in the game until the seventh for the Blue Jays and was pulled after surrendering a walk to Victor Robles and a single to J.P. Crawford to start the inning (Berrios line 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 10 K, 1 BB). Nate Pearson would come on in relief, getting Mitch Garver and Cal Raliegh to fly out. After Robles stole third during Luke Raley's at-bat, Raley struck out after working the count full.

Austin Voth would come on in relief for the Mariners in the eighth inning. Voth struck out Varsho on a 3-2 count, got Kirk fly out to right, then hit Leo Jimenez by a pitch (Steward Berroa would pinch-run). Then Voth was able to get Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to first to retire the side pitching a scoreless eighth.

Zach Pop would come in to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Blue Jays. Ty France sent a long-drive to left, but the ball landed in the glove of Dalton Varsho on the warning track. Josh Rojas would work a one-out walk on four pitches. Polanco would move Rojas to second on a slow ground ball to the pitcher for the second out of the inning. The Mariners pinch-hit Julio Rodriguez for Victor Robles in the eighth with runners at first and second. Julio was hit by the pitch which loaded the bases, the Mariners pinch-ran for him with Dylan Moore.

Julio was likely lifted because the Mariners did not want to test him running with a sore quad. Scott Servais had said Julio would not play unless he said he felt good enough to go. The Blue Jays would take Pop out of the game, turning to lefty Brendon Little to face left-handed J.P. Crawford. J.P. worked a full count, before grounding out to end the inning.

Andres Munoz came in and induced fly outs to left and right field, then got Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to ground out, pitching a scoreless ninth. Chad Green would come on in relief for the Blue Jays. Green would strike out Garver on a borderline 3-2 pitch. Cal Raleigh then singled to right, Luke Raley would follow with a ground-rule double, putting runners at second and third with one out. Green would strike out Ty France, and then the Blue Jays intentionally walked Josh Rojas to load the bases. Jorge Polanco would foul out to third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to end the inning.

Colin Snider came in relief for the Mariners in the 10th inning. After a long at-bat by Justin Turner in which he worked the count full, Snider got him to fly out to right field. Dom Canzone made a terrific catch in right field on a line drive off the bat of Bo Bichette to record the second out. Unfortunately, Dalton Varsho would hit an RBI single to right on a 3-2 pitch to give the Jays a 5-4 lead. Snider would find a way to strike out Davis Schneider to end the inning, after walking Kirk intentionally.

Genesis Cabrera would come into the game for the Jays to try and close out the game. Ryan Bliss would pinch-run for Jorge Polanco as the inherited runner on second. Mitch Haniger would pinch-hit for Dom Canzone to face the lefty Cabrera. Haniger would strike out on a 3-2 pitch, Moore would reach on an infield single. The Mariners would pull off a double steal of second and third with Bliss and Moore swiping both bags. J.P. would foul out to third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Mitch Garver would work a walk after a long at-bat, loading the bases for Cal Raleigh. Raleigh would give the ball a long ride to the warning track in right-center, but the ball would land in the glove of Jays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

The Mariners dropped the final game of the series to the Blue Jays 5-4. They now head to San Diego where they will start a two-game series with the Padres on Tuesday.