Cano’s sacrifice fly lifts Seattle past Toronto

The Mariners beat the Blue Jays 2-1 in 12 innings

Seattle Mariners' Jesus Sucre slides toward home as he scores against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Mariners' Jesus Sucre slides toward home as he scores against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) – Robinson Cano delivered a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning as the Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep with 2-1 victory over Toronto on Wednesday, preventing the Blue Jays from extending their wild card lead.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-15), who pitched five scoreless innings in his last start on Friday, came in on the 12th for his first relief appearance after 29 starts.

Guillermo Heredia reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson to open the 12th. Ben Gamel followed with an attempted sacrifice bunt, and first baseman Ryan Goins appeared to have Heredia at third, but the ball popped out of Donaldson’s glove on the tag.

Cano then followed with a run-scoring fly to left, quieting the decidedly pro-Blue Jays crowd, bolstered for the third straight game by thousands of fans from western Canada.

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