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Bullpen pays for a couple of late mistakes

Zych, Cishek serve up homers in tough loss to Blue Jays
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SEATTLE -- Against a lineup with as much pop as the Blue Jays have, mistakes hurt.

The Mariners' bullpen found that out the hard way during Saturday night's 4-2 loss to Toronto, surrendering late home runs to Ezequiel Carrera and Justin Smoak.

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SEATTLE -- Against a lineup with as much pop as the Blue Jays have, mistakes hurt.

The Mariners' bullpen found that out the hard way during Saturday night's 4-2 loss to Toronto, surrendering late home runs to Ezequiel Carrera and Justin Smoak.

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"Our bullpen has been so good. We haven't really seen any hiccups at all," manager Scott Servais said. "But they threw a couple of mistakes over the plate, and that hurt us."

It was a something's-got-to-give type of matchup. Seattle's bullpen hadn't allowed a run in 13 innings over their last four games, entering Saturday. The Blue Jays have produced 21 of their 29 runs in June through the long ball, a 72.4 percent clip.

Toronto's powerful lineup ended up forcing the issue. Entering the eighth with the game tied at 2, Carrera pulled the Blue Jays ahead with a home run off Tony Zych.

"I left a four-seam in and it leaked back over," Zych said. "It wasn't the best pitch and he got it. Pretty good swing on it."

Steve Cishek served up a solo shot to former Mariner Smoak, who added an insurance run in the ninth.

Frustrating? Sure, says Zych, but it's nothing to stress over.

"It's the nature of the game," said Zych, who came into Saturday without having given up a run in his last five appearances. "You can't be perfect every time. You can just try to make your pitches and do the best you can. He got me tonight. We'll try again tomorrow."

Servais repeated Zych's feeling about his bullpen, which has come into form since starting the first 44 games of the season with a 5.60 ERA.

"It's going to happen once in a while," Servais said. "We just made a couple of mistakes."

Video: TOR@SEA: Servais on allowing three home runs in loss

Worth noting

Some slick defensive plays saved the Mariners from the game getting out of control early. Tyler Smith turned two double plays and Kyle Seager robbed a few base hits at the hot corner, including a quick-twitch grab on a line drive from Josh Donaldson, which was hit at 106.6 mph, in the 5-6 hole to end the top of the third.

Video: TOR@SEA: Seager makes a nice diving catch at third

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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