Stroman feels at home with seventh win

Blue Jays fans help fill Safeco as righty beats Mariners

June 11th, 2017

SEATTLE -- When heard Blue Jays fans chanting his name while he warmed up in the bullpen, it occurred to him that this was no ordinary road game.

Pitching in front a raucous contingent of Toronto fans that traveled from Canada to help sell out Safeco Field, Stroman continued his impressive start to the 2017 season in the Blue Jays' 4-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday night.

"It feels similar to the playoffs," Stroman said. "It's weird having a road game that's essentially a home game for us. You see all royal blue throughout the entire crowd, it's fun. From the second I went out there to the bullpen. … It felt like I was back home at the Rogers Centre."

Stroman (7-2, 3.09 ERA) responded by allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks en route to the win. He has allowed two runs or fewer in six of his past seven games. During that stretch, he's posted a 2.34 ERA over 42 1/3 innings.

"I thought Stroman was really good tonight," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He had a good sinker, breaking balls, the cutters, the curveballs. He was really on top of his game. He's one of the better guys in the league, no doubt, when you're going against him.

"He can induce the ground balls and he's got the stuff to strike you out. We knew it was going to be a low-scoring game and didn't get much going against him at all."

There were few blemishes.

lined an RBI single back up the middle in the second inning. scored in the seventh on a stolen base attempt when catcher 's throw skipped into center field, then scooted under the glove of .

That tied the game at 2, but followed with a go-ahead solo homer off reliever Tony Zych in the eighth.

Manager John Gibbons then lifted Stroman after 95 pitches. Reliever Joe Smith worked out of trouble in the eighth and closer worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 15th save.

Stroman hasn't lost since April 18, when he allowed six runs over 4 2/3 innings against Boston.

"It's early June, but I think it's a game we needed after that tough one last night," Gibbons said. "We're just trying to climb back to .500, and he stepped up again. He was really, really good."