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Blue Jays' goal is to get back to .500

SEATTLE -- The Blue Jays have a simple goal for the remainder of the season.

"We got to get back to .500," manager John Gibbons said before Wednesday's 9-7 loss to the Mariners. "We want to get there. I think that's important. It's really come to a point, you just win as many games as you can. Win the day and see what happens."

Toronto entered Wednesday on a three-game winning streak, its longest since putting together 11 straight victories June 11-23. Since then, the Blue Jays (53-61) have played sub-.500 baseball.

"We're playing pretty good right now," Gibbons said after Tuesday's win in Seattle. "We had the comeback win in Anaheim, and then beat two of the better ones in baseball, [Hisashi] Iwakuma last night and [Felix Hernandez] tonight. It's been an up-and-down season. We go out there every day and try to play a good game. When we do, we usually get pretty results."

Josh Liebeskind is a contributor to
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