Jays blow big lead
SEATTLE—Humberto Quintero’s homer helped the Seattle Mariners complete their biggest comeback in two seasons.
Quintero’s shot came in a six-run fifth inning that led to Seattle’s 9-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday afternoon—spoiling Jays’ J.A. Happ personal comeback from a serious injury.
Happ left the field on a stretcher, spent the night in the hospital, and had three months of rehabilitation, primarily for the knee.
“It’s been a long road to get back but at the same time I felt ready to help us win,” Happ said.
“And frustrated that it didn’t work out today.”
Happ, who took a no-decision, went four-plus innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs. He also walked three and struck out two.
Brandon Maurer (3-7), who allowed eight baserunners but no runs in 3 1/3 innings, earned the win.
Five Mariners’ relievers worked the final seven innings, allowing no runs and six hits.
Presented with a 7-2 lead by the third inning, Happ couldn’t deny the fifth-inning rally.
It started with a two-base error by third baseman Brett Lawrie on a Nick Franklin grounder that popped over his glove.
Kyle Seager then singled and Kendry Morales’ ground-rule double scored Franklin.
Happ’s day ended when he walked Michael Morse.
Aaron Loup (4-4) took over and allowed one run on Michael Saunders’ force-out, two on Justin Smoak’s double, and then two more on Quintero’s home run over the left-field wall.
Elsewhere in the AL, Kansas City beat Minnesota 5-2, Detroit edged Cleveland 6-5 (14 innings), Boston topped Houston 7-5, Chicago nipped New York 6-5 (12 innings), and Texas dumped L.A. 10-3.