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Seager, youth corps help Seattle prevail 7-4; Hernandez slated to start on Saturday

The Seattle Mariners were more opportunistic as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 before 34,706 fans Friday night at T-Mobile Park.

Seattle (55-74) finished with 12 hits to 11 for the Blue Jays (52-79) in the series opener.

SHEFFIELDSeattle starter Justus Sheffield, a 23-year-old left-hander, worked four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

The third of six Mariner hurlers, Matt Wisler (3-2), got the win despite going only two-thirds of an inning. He gave up one hit.

The loss fell to former Oregon State starter Sam Gaviglio (4-2), the second of five relievers. He allowed three runs on one hit and three walks.

Ex-Mariner Justin Smoak singled home the first run and scored on a double by Teoscar Hernandez later in the first inning as Toronto took a 2-0 lead.

Seattle tied the score when Omar Narvaez hit his 18th home run of the seaso and Dee Gordon whacked an RBI triple, both in the second inning.

Each team scored a run in the third, with the Mariners pulling even at 3-3 on Kyle Seager's RBI double.

J.P. Crawford's sixth HR of the year came in the fifth and gave the M's a 4-3 lead.

Toronto made it a 4-4 game in the sixth on a run-scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ground ball singer.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mariners scored three times. After Seager walked with the bases full, two runs scored on separate wild pitches by two Blue Jay pitchers.

Rookie center fielder Jake Fraley of Seattle got his first MLB hit and scored a run in his first home game.

The Mariners and Blue Jays will play at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday's Seattle starter is slated to be Felix Hernandez — it would be his first start since May 11. Hernandez (1-4, 6.52) has spent the past three months on the injured list and in the minor leagues with a straned right shoulder. Toronto plans to open with Wilmer Font (3-3, 4.27).


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