Paxton struggles in first Canadian start, Mariners lose 3rd straight in 14-4 loss at Toronto

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TORONTO — Seattle rookie James Paxton got emotional about making his first career start in Canada.

A little too emotional, as it turned out.

Jose Bautista homered and reached base four times, J.A. Happ won for the first time in four starts and the Toronto Blue Jays dealt a blow to Seattle's playoff hopes, routing Paxton and the Mariners 14-4 Monday night.

A left-hander from British Columbia, Paxton was drafted by Toronto in 2009 but did not sign, and played in an independent league before the Mariners drafted him in 2010. Monday marked his first start against Toronto.

"I probably just wanted it a bit too much," Paxton said. "It all seemed like a blur there for a moment."

He allowed a career-high nine runs, walked a career-high six and matched a career-high by giving up seven hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest career start.

"He was just too charged up," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He couldn't control his strike zone and worked behind in the count a little bit too much."

Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer and Anthony Gose added a solo blast as the Blue Jays handed Seattle its third straight loss. The 14 runs were the most by a Mariners opponent this season.

"These type of losses, they're bummers, because you're out of it right from the start," McClendon said.

Paxton (6-4) came in not having allowed more than three runs in any of his 15 previous starts. That streak ended quickly when he allowed four runs in the first, three of them on a bases-loaded triple by Danny Valencia.

Bautista went 3 for 3 with a walk and drove in two runs before getting the rest of the night off. His solo homer off the facing of the second deck in the fifth, against Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, was his 35th.

Bautista also made a diving catch to retire Austin Jackson and strand a runner at second base in the second, then threw out Logan Morrison trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth. The assist was Bautista's 12th.

"He's definitely one of the best hitters in baseball and he's one of the best defenders in baseball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Bautista.

Toronto avoided mathematical elimination, but will be eliminated from postseason contention with its next defeat or Kansas City's next win.

Seattle gained ground on Kansas City in the wild-card race before taking the field when the Royals lost to Cleveland in a game that had been suspended from Aug. 31.

Not much went right for the Mariners after that.

Happ (10-11) allowed an RBI double by Robinson Cano in the first, and Kyle Seager's solo homer in the sixth, but was otherwise sharp. The left-hander walked one and struck out five in seven innings for his first victory since Aug. 31.

Kansas City blanked the Indians 2-0 in the second game at Cleveland, moving two games ahead of Seattle with six games remaining.

McClendon didn't see the need to speak to his players after the big defeat.

"What are you going to say, that these are the biggest games of the year? They know what's at stake," McClendon said.

YOUNG YANKED

Seattle RHP Chris Young has been scratched from Thursday's scheduled start after going 0-3 with an 8.35 ERA in his past five outings. McClendon, who did not name a replacement, said Young will pitch out of the bullpen for now. "I think he's probably out of gas from a starting standpoint," McClendon said.

TEN-SPOT

Happ became the fifth Toronto starter to reach 10 wins. It's the first time in team history that the Blue Jays have had five starters reach the 10-win plateau.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias (elbow) has been shut down for the season. The rookie made 29 starts for Seattle, but left his Sept. 16 outing against the Los Angeles Angels after three innings because of soreness.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (14-5) faces Blue Jays RHP R.A. Dickey (13-12) on Tuesday. Hernandez is 5-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 12 career starts against Toronto.

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