Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chris Colabello Almost Redeems Himself in Blue Jays' 4-3 Loss to Mariners

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chris Colabello Almost Redeems Himself in Blue Jays' 4-3 Loss to Mariners

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Colabello almost redeems himself in Jays' loss

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TORONTO - Chris Colabello almost redeemed himself in the ninth inning.

Colabello's two-run homer sparked a late Toronto Blue Jays rally in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. His long ball came after missing a crucial catch earlier in the game.

Seattle took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Colabello misjudged a hit from Logan Morrison in right field, which bounced passed the sliding Blue Jays outfielder for a two-run triple.

"Obviously, when it got by me I was pretty sick about it," said Colabello. "You get an empty feeling in the pit of your stomach, especially because Marco Estrada was pitching so well.

"But you've got to learn from it and not let it happen again."

Estrada (1-3) gave up four earned runs and struck out five over seven innings of work for Toronto (19-25). Ryan Tepera and Steve Delabar gave up no runs in an inning each of relief.

Colabello also had two singles to lead the Blue Jays offence and improve his batting average to .381. Edwin Encarnacion had a home run and a double.

Nelson Cruz had a double and a solo blast for Seattle (19-22), adding to his major-league leading 17 home runs. He is best in the American League with 34 runs batted in.

Cruz made it 4-1 for the Mariners in the sixth inning, putting a 1-1 pitch from Estrada just over the right-field wall.

Mariners reliever Carson Smith held Toronto scoreless in the eighth inning before closer Fernando Rodney started to unravel in the ninth.

Encarnacion led the inning off with a double to right field. After Russell Martin popped out to catcher Mike Zunino behind home plate, Colabello blasted the ball to deep left field to make it 4-3.

Kevin Pillar was called out after video review showed that Morrison had tagged him just before reaching first base. Pinch hitter Josh Donaldson then flew out to deep centre field to end the game. …

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