TWINS 4, INDIANS 1: Jose Berrios pitched neatly into the eighth inning in his first start of the season and Minnesota won in Cleveland in a game delayed several minutes when a squirrel ran around the field. Pillar halved Seattle's lead when he scored on a single by Smoak.
After delighting the Mother's Day crowd of 42,030 with a blast to left off Edwin Diaz (1-2), his fifth, Pillar wriggled away from a group of celebrating teammates at home plate and scampered into Toronto's dugout. "We're all showing up here every day to work hard and get wins and we've been doing that lately". "I didn't want it to rip completely".
Goins then lined Allen's first pitch into the right-field corner for his third hit of the game.
In the third inning, a misplaced 2-1 changeup allowed slumping Jose Bautista to reach out and pull a fly ball down the left-field line. Even so, a few orange stains didn't dampen the mood for Pillar's eventual family photo.
"He did a great job", Gibbons said.
Pillar came in leading the AL with 47 hits, one ahead of New York's Starlin Castro.
"As hot as we were with the bat in Philadelphia", Mariners manager Scott Servais said, "we were just as cold here in Toronto".
The biggest boost came from Yan Gomes, who hit a three-run home run in the eighth that sealed the victory for the Indians. After the four-game series against Seattle, the Blue Jays will cap the homestand with a two-game interleague mini-set against Atlanta starting Monday.
The Mariners lost another game and another starting pitcher Saturday. The Blue Jays led 2-1. Roberto Osuna (2-0) worked one inning of relief for the win.
It was Pillar's first career walkoff home run and is the first Toronto centre-fielder to hit a walkoff since Vernon Wells in July 2006.
"You just deal with it", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday. "He's having a tremendous year". Sam Gaviglio allowed Smoak's sixth homer of the season in the seventh.
Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (sore shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Biagini has not walked a batter in any of his past 13 outings, covering 21 1/3 innings.
Sanchez acknowledged that his finger was bleeding at times during the game, but said it didn't affect him. His winning jack, his fifth home run, was his 48th hit of the season.
The standings might still look ugly, but with a 14-21 mark, the Jays hit the.400 mark for the first time this season, a notable move forward after that miserable 2-11 start.
Mariners: 2B Robinson Cano (right quadriceps) missed his fourth straight game.
Seattle starter Ryan Weber left the game after 3.2 innings with right shoulder tightness. RHP Jean Machi, who was designated for assignment Saturday, was outrighted to Tacoma.
Steve Pearce hit a three-run home run, Justin Smoak had a solo homer and finished with four RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Mariners 7-2 on Thursday night, snapping Seattle's win streak at four games. Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was ejected in the third inning after visiting Liriano. "Those guys are looking for more time to begin with so they need to do something with it and they have", Gibbons said.
Home runs were the Blue Jays' bread and butter on their way to the American League Championship Series the past two years but with big guns Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, Toronto found other ways to generate offence. Right-hander Leonel Campos was called up to take Liriano's roster spot, but he'll only serve in a bullpen role.