Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/14/14
The Seattle Mariners came into Toronto red-hot, coming off a sweep of the Tigers in Detroit. The Blue Jays were cold, having ended a seven-game road trip by losing three straight to Baltimore. Fortunes can switch quickly. Seattle rallied to win Friday night in extra innings, but the Mariners lost the last two games of the series to the Blue Jays being outscored 14-2. The losses sent the Mariners to back under .500 at 11-12. The Mariners remained tied for second place in the A.L. West with Oakland, looking up at the Texas Rangers, who are a major league best 16-5 going into tonight’s game with Tampa. Michael Saunders celebrates his grand slam on Friday night. He had a home run in the ninth inning, and then the game winner in the tenth to lead the Mariners to a 9-5 victory over the Blue Jays.   Good News: The Mariners displayed great clutch hitting when coming back to win their fourth straight game on Friday night. Seattle trailed 5-3 in the ninth inning, but they rallied to tie it and scored four runs in the tenth to win it 9-5. Michael Saunders was the hero Friday night. He homered in the ninth to draw the Mariners to within 5-4, and he blasted the game winning grand slam in the tenth inning. Saunders went 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI on Friday. The Canadian native ended up 4-for-11 in the series. Chone Figgins, after resting on Friday and going 0-for-4 on Saturday, blasted his second leadoff home run on the season in today’s game staking the Mariners to an early 1-0 lead. Seattle eventually fell 7-2. Jason Vargas was the tough-luck loser for the Mariners today. He only surrendered two runs on four hits in six innings pitched, but he left trailing 2-1. Vargas is now 3-2 on the season with a 3.38 ERA.   Bad News: After scoring nine runs on Friday, the offense went into hiding. They were shut out on Saturday, the four time this season they’ve been shut out. Run production didn’t improve much today, scoring only on Figgins’ leadoff home run and a home run by Miguel Olivo in the ninth inning once the game was out of reach. The two runs in two games were disheartening after scoring 30 runs in winning the first four games of this road trip. Kevin Millwood rebounded from tough outings against Cleveland and the White Sox but fell to 0-2 on the season in the 7-0 loss on Saturday. He was charged with only one earned run – he gave up three overall – in 7.0 IP on Saturday, lowering his season ERA to 5.24. Hisashi Iwakuma, a free agent acquisition, had his worst outing as a Mariner on Saturday as Toronto put the game out of reach. Iwakuma was roughed up for three hits and four earned runs in one inning of work.   On the Horizon: The Mariners, 4-2 on their road trip, finished up the trip in sunny Florida against Tampa. Tampa is a half-game back of surprising Baltimore depending on their result against Texas tonight. The Rays have split their first two games against the Rangers. Every Mariner starting pitcher will pitch in this series except Jason Vargas who went today. Outside of staff ace Felix Hernandez who will go Monday, the other three starters have a combined record of 2-6. The Rays, unlike Seattle have an explosive offense, that the pitchers will need to handcuff. Tampa is third in the A.L. in HR (28) and fourth in runs (98). Seattle is 8th in the A.L. in HR (18) and 7th in the A.L. in runs (90), an improvement over the past two seasons.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Peyton Manning sets NFL touchdown passing record

Report: CJ Spiller suffers broken collarbone

DeMarco Murray sets record with another 100-yard game

Report: Things got 'ugly' in Bears' locker room after loss

Redskins bench Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy

Rams beat Seahawks thanks to gutsy fake punt call

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brian Kelly unloads on officials for pass interference call

Brett Favre: I got calls about playing last season

Joseph Randle partners with underwear company after arrest

Report: Seahawks asked about Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron

Florida fans chant for Will Muschamp to be fired

Gennady Golovkin scores second-round knockout win

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Video: Alec Burks breaks Kobe Bryant's ankles

WATCH: Sean Payton has tense exchange with reporter

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans with whiteboard

WATCH: Tony Romo nearly runs over Alex Rodriguez

WATCH: Prince Amukamara pulls Dwayne Harris' hair

What was the meaning behind Doug Baldwin's TD celebration?

Luke Kuechly ejected after questionable call

WATCH: Giovanni Bernard gets leveled by Vontae Davis

WATCH: Rams run awesome trick play for punt return TD

Kyle Orton shaves his epic mustache

Florida State beats Notre Dame 31-27 in thriller

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Favre: I got calls about playing last season

10 takeaways from NFL Week 7

Report: Marshall calls out Jay Cutler

Darnell Dockett mocks Raiders fans

Brian Kelly unloads on officials

WATCH: Rams run punt return trick play for TD

Joseph Randle now an underwear spokesman?

Ex-Trojans RB escorted out after USC game

FSU tops Notre Dame in thriller

Fans chant for Muschamp's head

Popovich zings Suns owner

Golden Tate reacts to Percy Harvin trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.