SEATTLE -- Despite making quality starts in five of his first six career outings, Ryan Borucki found himself without a win when he took the mound in Seattle on Friday night.But the rookie left-hander got plenty of support -- both from the Toronto offense and the huge contingent of Blue
SEATTLE -- Despite making quality starts in five of his first six career outings, Ryan Borucki found himself without a win when he took the mound in Seattle on Friday night.
But the rookie left-hander got plenty of support -- both from the Toronto offense and the huge contingent of Blue Jays fans who made the trip south of the border -- as he fired eight innings and allowed just one unearned run to notch his first career victory in a 7-2 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.
"I'm on cloud nine right now," Borucki said. "It was definitely worth the wait. These fans here, I was just riding on those fans. They were keeping me in it. When I went out in the eighth inning, I felt myself getting a little bit tired, but those fans kept me going and it was a lot of fun tonight."
Borucki received a standing ovation as he walked off the field following the 111-pitch performance and he got a Gatorade shower during a postgame on-field interview.
"He's facing the good ones and he's been shutting them down," said manager John Gibbons. "It's always tough to get that first win; he's got it under his belt."
The Blue Jays never trailed in the contest, putting up a run in the first inning and going up 2-0 on a Russell Martin solo shot in the fourth.
"I've been working on just trying to stay through the baseball a little bit there and right there was exactly what I had been working on," Martin said. "I stayed through that pitch and didn't take that aggressive of a swing, but I caught it on the barrel and it left the yard."
Toronto also poured on three runs in the ninth in a rally sparked by Teoscar Hernandez's leadoff triple. Martin's single cashed in Hernandez, Kevin Pillar looped a sacrifice fly in his return from the disabled list, and Randal Grichuk's RBI infield single polished off a 4-for-5 night.
Ken Giles made his Blue Jay debut, allowing a run, but striking out the side to close out the victory.
"I thought he looked great; he's got a dynamite slider," Gibbons said. "It's never easy coming to a new place and making your first appearance."
The Mariners' offense continued to struggle, managing just a pair of RBI singles from Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy. Marco Gonzales' five-game win streak came to an end, though the lefty did make it through seven innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Borucki ran into the most trouble in the sixth inning, when Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger each singled with one out. Borucki got an infield popup from Nelson Cruz and induced a lineout from Seager to end the threat.
"[Cruz] is a veteran, smart hitter and he's a good mistake hitter," catcher Martin said. "Today I just felt like we did a good job of moving in and out, changing speeds and just not being predictable. … Good hitters tend to -- they just get in sync when they feel like they know what's coming, and I feel like today he wasn't sure what we were going to do."
Friday marked Grichuk's second career four-hit performance. It was the ninth four-hit game by a Blue Jay this season.
HE SAID IT
"[My teammates] under-sold it. It was unbelievable out there. I knew it was going to be a Friday night. They said it was going to be packed, but I didn't expect it to be like that. They were loud and Blue Jay fans all over, it's cool to have a whole country behind us and they did not disappoint tonight." -- Borucki, on the impact of Blue Jays fans in the stands
Marco Estrada (4-8, 4.90 ERA) will take the ball in the third game of the four-game set at Safeco Field at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. It will be his second start since returning from the DL. He'll face Canadian lefty James Paxton (9-4, 3.49 ERA), who tossed a no-hitter in his last start against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
David Gottlieb is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. Follow him on Twitter @DGottliebMLB.