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Torrens’ HR, 5 RBI lift Mariners past Blue Jays

Seattle wins streak reaches 4 games

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Seattle Mariners' Luis Torrens doubles in a pair of runs against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners' Luis Torrens doubles in a pair of runs against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Toronto center fielder George Springer departed with an ankle injury, part of a tough Saturday night for the Blue Jays during a 9-3 loss to Luis Torrens and the Seattle Mariners.

Torrens’ three-run homer off Trevor Richards in the seventh inning lifted the Mariners to their fourth straight win. Jarred Kelenic followed with his sixth homer, making it 6-3.

Springer hurt his left ankle while attempting to catch Ty France’s leadoff triple off the top of the wall in right-center in the seventh.

Hyun Jin Ryu (11-6) walked Abraham Toro two batters later and was replaced with Richards, who gave up the back-to-back homers to left field. It was the fourth time the Mariners have hit consecutive homers this season.

Toro singled in Mitch Haniger and Torrens added a two-run double in the eighth. Toro has reached safely in each of his 17 games since he was acquired in a trade with Houston on July 27.

Keynan Middleton (1-2) struck out one in the seventh inning for the win.

The Blue Jays have lost three straight and four of six overall.

Ryu surrendered a two-run homer to France in the first inning, and then retired 14 straight. He yielded four runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Teoscar Hernández hit a solo home run in the second, an RBI single in the third and a double in the fifth to help Toronto build a 3-2 lead. Hernández has an AL-leading 32 RBI since the All-Star break.

Streak over

The Mariners’ nail-biting streak of 10 straight games decided by two or fewer runs came to an end. It was one shy of the team record, set in September 2005. Seattle was 5-5 over the stretch.

Trainer’s room

Blue Jays: Springer appeared to sprain his left ankle after bouncing off the wall in the seventh. The center fielder landed hard and immediately grabbed his ankle. Springer limped off the field to a round of applause after being relentlessly booed in the series.

Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (left forearm strain) will make a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. Manager Scott Servais said he is scheduled to go three innings if there are no issues. … Servais said he hopes RHP Justin Dunn (right shoulder inflammation) would soon have his own rehab start. He has been out since June 18.

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