Pillar power: Walk-off HR completes sweep

May 14th, 2017

TORONTO -- was the walk-off hero for the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, as his home run in the bottom of the ninth gave Toronto a 3-2 win for a four-game series sweep of Seattle and its fifth straight victory.

"I'm speechless," Pillar said after the game. "Obviously, Mother's Day makes it even more special because we all have moms in here that sacrificed a lot for us and have done a lot for us. It's just a great way to wrap up Mother's Day."

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broke through for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season.

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was the unlikely power threat for Seattle, tying the game up at two with a solo home run shortly after Smoak put Toronto ahead. The home run was Dyson's first of the season, and his eighth in 586 career games played.

After climbing back to .500 by winning six of their previous seven, the Mariners were outscored, 21-6, in the four straight losses as their record fell to 17-21.

"Toronto was not kind to us," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "As hot as we came in here, we leave just as cold. We competed well today, but their guy had good stuff. We knew that. He has a good arm and competes well. The home runs got us today."

Blue Jays right-hander , who has been dealing with fingernail and blister issues much of the season, threw five innings on 78 pitches with just an unearned run after being activated off the disabled list for his fourth start.

followed out of the bullpen to handle the back end of the game for the Blue Jays, throwing 2 1/3 innings of clean relief and striking out two to earn his third win of the season.

"He's on some kind of roll, too," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Tepera. "I think he's just really come into his own. His confidence is sky high. With the kind of arm he has, he's really doing what he should do."

Seattle starter turned in a strong outing of his own, striking out eight Blue Jays over five-plus innings while allowing just a single run. The eight strikeouts tied Miranda's career high set on Sept. 18 of last season against the Astros.

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Segura kicks it in: Mariners leadoff hitter leads the American League with his .371 batting average, and he extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games with a 2-for-4 game. His fifth-inning double led to the lone run off Sanchez, thanks to right fielder 's throw in kicking off Segura's foot as he dove head first into second. The ball rolled into shallow left-center field as raced home for the first run of the game. Bautista was given an error on the throw, so the run was unearned and Segura didn't get credit for an RBI.

Pillar races back, reaches high: Pillar tracked down what would have been a run-scoring double in the top of the fourth off the bat of Danny Valencia to keep the game scoreless. The Mariners were threatening with runners on first and second with nobody out, but after initially taking one step in toward home after contact, Pillar sprinted straight back toward the wall and made the grab, reaching high above his head. According to Statcast™, the ball left Valencia's bat at 102.6 mph, and Pillar covered 38 feet in 4.2 seconds to haul it in.

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"I was feeling great. I just missed with that pitch. I was trying to go down and away, but I left that slider in the middle. He was ready and hit it pretty good." -- Mariners closer , on the walk-off shot by Pillar

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Smoak's shot to left field left the bat at 109.2 mph with a launch angle of just 15 degrees, the lowest angle on any home run in Major League Baseball this season, according to Statcast™. The previous low belonged to , who hit a 16-degree home run on May 1.

INJURY UPDATE

Toronto left fielder Steve Pearce left the game with right calf tightness in the bottom of the second inning after sliding into second base, and he was replaced by . More >

UNDER REVIEW

Segura opened the game with an infield single, and he was initially called safe on his attempted steal of second base. A Blue Jays challenge showed that the tag from got down just in time, however, giving catcher his third runner thrown out in seven attempts against him.

The Mariners won a challenge in the fifth, when Ruiz was initially ruled out at first on a ground ball to Toronto third baseman . Replay showed Ruiz touching the bag just before the ball reached the glove of first baseman Smoak. Ruiz wound up scoring the game's first run on Segura's double off Sanchez.

 WHAT'S NEXT

Mariners: (1-3, 4.58 ERA) gets the start in Monday's 7:10 p.m. PT series opener against the A's as Seattle opens a seven-game homestand at Safeco Field. Gallardo is 1-5 with a 4.69 ERA in seven prior starts against Oakland, but the one win came earlier this season.

Blue Jays:Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 3.16 ERA) will make his second start for Blue Jays in Monday's 7:07 p.m. ET opener against the Braves at home. The right-hander continues to occupy the injured J.A. Happ's spot in the rotation. He made a strong first impression his first time out, allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

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