Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Biagini and Four Relievers Combine on Seven-Hit Shutout as Jays Top Mariners 4-0

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Biagini and Four Relievers Combine on Seven-Hit Shutout as Jays Top Mariners 4-0

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Biagini impresses as Jays top Mariners 4-0

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TORONTO - If Joe Biagini keeps it up, he may just become a full-time member of the Toronto Blue Jays' rotation.

Biagini worked into the sixth inning Friday and the bullpen took care of the rest as the Blue Jays blanked the Seattle Mariners 4-0 at Rogers Centre.

It was the second start of the season for the right-hander, who has yet to give up an earned run since joining the injury-plagued rotation. Biagini allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter as Toronto extended its winning streak to three games.

"He did a tremendous job and they've got a good lineup over there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He shut them down."

Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer and Devon Travis drove in the other two runs as Toronto (15-21) won for the fifth time in six games. Four relievers combined with Biagini on the seven-hit shutout.

"That was a big one tonight and it started with Biagini," Travis said. "That guy is nasty man, I'll tell you."

The Blue Jays manufactured a run in the second inning against Christian Bergman after Steve Pearce and Ryan Goins reached on singles. Darwin Barney moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and a slow grounder from Travis brought Pearce home.

Pearce saved a couple runs with his defence in the third inning. With two runners in scoring position, Ben Gamel hit a flare to shallow left field that a diving Pearce snagged for the final out.

Bautista made it a three-run game in the bottom half of the frame. With Kevin Pillar aboard, Bautista belted a 2-1 pitch off the foul screen in left field for his fourth homer of the year.

After an ugly 2-11 start, the Blue Jays have gone 13-10 since. Toronto outhit Seattle 10-7.

"Every single guy builds off the guy in front of him," Travis said. "When we have a lineup like that, hits are contagious, good swings are contagious, winning is contagious.

"If we can continue to keep that going, I think things are going to turn around here pretty quickly."

The Blue Jays improved to 4-1 on their nine-game homestand. Seattle (17-19) has dropped two in a row after winning four straight games.

"You don't score, you're not going to win," said Mariners manager Scott Servais. …

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