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05/23/2015 15:37 EDT | Updated 05/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Seager, Bloomquist lead Seattle Mariners to 3-2 win over Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO - Kyle Seager hit and home run and Willie Bloomquist had a two-run double as the Seattle Mariners edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.James Paxton (3-2) of Ladner, B.C., pitched six innings with four strikeouts, allowing two runs for Seattle (20-22). Tom Wilhelmsen and Carson Smith each worked a scoreless inning of relief before closer Fernando Rodney came in to earn his 12th save of the season.Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Colabello provided the offence for Toronto (19-26). Encarnacion earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first, while Colabello had a solo home run in the fourth.Starter Mark Buehrle (5-4) worked 7 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays, giving up three runs and striking out four.Encarnacion gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the first when his sacrifice fly to deep centre gave Josh Donaldson a chance to run home. Donaldson had led off the inning with a double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch from Paxton.Seager's solo shot to deep right in the top of the second tied it 1-1 for the Mariners, although it could have been a 2-1 lead for the visitors. Nelson Cruz reached first on a single, but was ruled out after a video review showed that Buehrle had tagged him on the base path.Seattle took the lead in the third when Toronto left-fielder Danny Valencia failed to catch a hit from Willie Bloomquist, instead letting it bounce off the wall. That allowed Chris Taylor and Rickie Weeks to score for a 3-1 Mariners lead.Colabello helped the Blue Jays chip away at Seattle's lead with a solo home run over the left-field fence. It would've been a two-run shot but Danny Valencia was tagged out at second when his single to centre-right field was quickly recovered by Bloomquist after Justin Ruggiano misplayed the ball.Toronto shortstop Ryan Goins apparently tweaked his left ankle running out a groundball in the fifth inning. He was back on the field in the top of the sixth, however.___Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitter