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Mariners Top Blue Jays in Extra-Inning Thriller: Raleigh’s Heroics Seal Victory

TORONTO – In a tense showdown at Rogers Centre, the Seattle Mariners emerged victorious in extra innings, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 to avoid a sweep in their three-game series.

The game reached its climax in the 10th inning when Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh stepped up to the plate and wasted no time, connecting with the first pitch he saw from Blue Jays left-hander Tim Mayza. Raleigh’s two-run homer proved to be the decisive moment of the game, securing the win for Seattle. This wasn’t Raleigh’s first time making waves against the Blue Jays, as he boasts an impressive record of nine home runs and 16 RBI in just 15 regular-season games against them.

Raleigh’s success in Toronto extends beyond the regular season, as he showcased his power in Game 1 of Seattle’s wild-card sweep of the Blue Jays back in 2022.

Despite Raleigh’s heroics, there was a hint of controversy surrounding comments made by Blue Jays manager John Schneider regarding Raleigh’s batting prowess. Raleigh, when asked about Schneider’s past remarks, chose to take the high road, opting not to engage in further discussion.

The Blue Jays’ pitching struggled to contain the Mariners’ offense, with Mayza enduring a tough outing, allowing four runs in just one out. Manager Schneider acknowledged the challenges faced by Mayza and the bullpen, emphasizing the need for improvement moving forward.

On the offensive side, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. provided a bright spot for the Blue Jays with a mammoth solo home run, showcasing his immense power once again.

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances, with Logan Gilbert impressing for the Mariners and Yusei Kikuchi showing promise against his former team.

In injury news, Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen took a significant step in his recovery, starting a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo, signaling progress for his return to the lineup.

Before the game, the Blue Jays made a trade, sending RHP Wes Parsons to Cleveland in exchange for international signing bonus pool space, indicating some strategic roster adjustments.

Looking ahead, the Blue Jays will aim to bounce back as they take on the Colorado Rockies, with Kevin Gausman seeking redemption after a challenging outing in his last start.


The Blue Jays showed promise in their series against the Mariners, but ultimately fell short in the final game. Raleigh’s performance underscored the Mariners’ resilience, while Guerrero Jr.’s continued excellence at the plate provided a silver lining for Toronto. With Jansen’s return on the horizon and strategic moves being made by the front office, the Blue Jays remain poised for success as they look ahead to future matchups.

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