Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada is throwing a no-hitter through six innings against the Seattle Mariners.
Estrada has allowed just two baserunners Monday night in the opener of a key three-game series. Toronto holds a two-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card.
Estrada walked Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz with two outs in the fourth inning. Kyle Seager followed with a line drive to center field, but Kevin Pillar made a sliding catch to save at least one run. Estrada has struck out eight and thrown 79 pitches.
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The right-hander has never completed a no-hitter, but he's been close. He lost a no-hit bid in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox on June 5, and also pitched hitless ball into the eighth inning in consecutive starts in June 2015.