Guerrero, Grichuk power Blue Jays past M’s

Associated PressToronto’s Bo Bichette tags Seattle’s Tim Lopes during the second inning of Friday’s game.

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have found home runs are better when they happen together.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk hit back-to-back homers and Jacob Waguespack won his third consecutive decision as the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 on Friday.

Derek Fisher and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays, who have hit 110 home runs since June 16. The New York Yankees have a major league-leading 112 homers in the same span.

“Up and down through our lineup, anybody can put the ball out of the park,” an appreciative Waguespack said. “We have some scrappy hitters and they’ll make you work in the box.”

Toronto has won five of seven and 12 of 18. The Mariners have lost five of eight and 10 of 13.

Waguespack (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 innings, winning for the third consecutive start. The right-hander threw a career-high 102 pitches.

“He’s pitching inside and he locates his fastball for strikes and he’s keeping hitters off balance,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s got three pitches that he commands and that’s pretty good.”

Guerrero Jr. and Grichuk connected against left-hander Wade LeBlanc (6-7) four pitches apart in the third inning. Guerrero’s homer was his 14th. Grichuk hit his 23rd.

The Blue Jays have hit back-to-back homers 12 times this season, breaking the team record set in 1999.

Fisher homered off LeBlanc in the second as the Blue Jays overcame a two-run deficit with the first of consecutive three-run innings. Jansen made it four homers off LeBlanc, leading off the seventh inning with his 12th of the season.

The four home runs allowed matched LeBlanc’s career-worst. He also allowed four homers May 18 against Minnesota.

“You can’t give up four of them and think you’re going to come out on the right end,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

LeBlanc has lost four consecutive decisions. He allowed seven runs and matched a career-worst by allowing 11 hits in seven innings.

“I haven’t had a feel for anything this year,” LeBlanc said. “It’s frustrating to not have it because your team needs it.”

Matt Wisler opened for Seattle with a scoreless first, and the Mariners jumped ahead on a two-out, two-run single by Tim Lopes in the second.

Toronto turned the deficit around in the bottom half when Brandon Drury hit an RBI single and Fisher followed with his fourth home run.

TRAINER’S ROOM — Mariners right-hander Félix Hernández (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. Hernandez pitched four shutout innings Wednesday for Single-A Everett, striking out eight and allowing just one hit. Hernandez went 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts for Seattle in April and May, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 11 at Boston, when he allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.

YOU AGAIN? — Wisler also opened for Seattle in Thursday’s game at Detroit.

STREAK SNAPPED — Seattle struck out seven times, snapping a streak of 24 games with at least eight strikeouts. Only Houston (28 games in 2013) has had a longer streak.

MEJIA SUSPENDED — Mariners minor league left-hander Eliezer Mejia was suspended 72 games for testing positive for the steroid stanozolol. Mejia, 18, was playing in the Dominican Summer League. His suspension will carry into next season.

UP NEXT — Seattle has not named a starter for today’s game, while right-hander Trent Thornton (4-8, 5.34) starts for Toronto. Thornton was a hard-luck loser against the Yankees on Aug. 11, allowing one run in six innings. He’s 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in three starts this month.

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