Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, right, leads off from first after his single in the seventh inning of a baseball game broke up a no-hitter by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada, left, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Monday night in the opener of a critical three-game series.
Estrada (9-9) had allowed only two walks before Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive up the middle on a 2-1 pitch. Cano and Nelson Cruz walked in the fourth inning, but Estrada otherwise kept the Mariners off the bases.
The Blue Jays pulled even with Baltimore for the first wild-card spot. Both teams are 2 1/2 games clear of Detroit and three ahead of Seattle and Houston.
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Taijuan Walker (6-11) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.