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Morales Shot Edges Mariners To Blue Jays Sweep

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run in the first inning and starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 Wednesday night, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Morales' homer was his second in three at-bats, a span that started Tuesday night. He has four extra-base hits in three games, twice what he recorded in his first 15 games with the club since being acquired from Minnesota.

Iwakuma (11-6) failed to finish seven innings for the first time in eight starts, but the right-hander still struck out five without issuing a walk in 6 2-3 innings. It is the seventh time in that stretch Iwakuma has allowed two runs or fewer.

Three relievers bridged the gap to closer Fernando Rodney, who earned his 35th save in 38 chances. The Mariners won eight of nine on their homestand and remained tied with Detroit for the American League's second wild card.

The Blue Jays lost for the ninth time in 12 games to drop three games behind the final playoff berth.

R.A. Dickey (9-12) was shaky at times, but only allowed two runs and seven hits with four walks in six innings.

The Mariners threatened on numerous occasions to extend the lead, but Dickey was able to strand at least two runners three separate times. The third proved to be the veteran's greatest escape act, perhaps, as he avoided a one-out runners-on-the-corners situation by inducing a double-play grounder.

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