SEATTLE -- Home runs by Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales led the Seattle Mariners to another big lead before the bullpen held on for a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Seattle (64-55) improved to 7-1 on its current homestand while pulling into a virtual tie with Detroit for the second American League wild-card spot. Toronto (63-58) is still two games back after the Tigers lost to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Seager and Morales both hit solo home runs as the Mariners pulled out to a 5-1 lead through six innings, but the Blue Jays made things interesting in the eighth.
An RBI double by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista and designated hitter Adam Lind's sacrifice fly in his first game off the disabled list cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth inning, but the Blue Jays' defense let them down in the bottom of the inning. A wild pitch and a two-out error, both of them charged to reliever Aaron Loup, led to another Seattle run for a 6-3 lead going into the ninth.
Seattle closer Fernando Rodney gave up a two-out walk in the ninth and nearly allowed an extra-base hit to No. 9 hitter Munenori Kawasaki in the ninth, but Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley made a spinning, reaching catch on a dead sprint for the final out to give Rodney his 34th save of the season.
Morales, Seattle's designated hitter, went 2-for-4 while hitting his first home run since returning to the Mariners in a July 24 trade with Minnesota. Third baseman Seager added a pair of hits and reached base a third time when Loup couldn't handle a throw to first base on a two-out grounder in the eighth. That play scored pinch runner James Jones from third base to open up a three-run lead.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays. Center fielder Colby Rasmus, who had two of Toronto's three hits against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez the previous night, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Seattle starter Chris Young won his 11th game, his highest win total since 2006, after allowing one earned run on two hits over six innings of work. Young (11-6) gave up a first-inning run but retired 18 of the following 20 batters he faced.
Toronto's J.A. Happ (8-7) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over six innings. He gave up both Seattle home runs.
Seager's 18th home run of the season gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Seager lined a 1-0 pitch from Happ over the right-field fence for a two-out, solo homer.
A two-out, two-run single by Ackley put the Mariners ahead 4-1 in the fifth. Ackley's hit came after teammate Logan Morrison was thrown out trying to score from third on a grounder to first base.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead before recording an out, as a leadoff walk by shortstop Jose Reyes and Cabrera's RBI double to right-center field put Toronto ahead in the top of the first inning.
Seattle tied the score 1-1 when Morrison, Seattle's first baseman, came around from first on a single by center fielder Austin Jackson. Rasmus bobbled the ball on a hop in center field to lead to the unearned run.
Morrison's one-out single in the third was the first hit against Happ, who retired the first seven batters. Morrison extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with the third-inning single.
Young gave up a leadoff walk on four pitches and a double to the first two batters he faced before retiring 14 batters in a row. Toronto first baseman Juan Francisco ended that streak with a two-out double in the fifth.
Notes: The Blue Jays activated 1B/DH Adam Lind from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game. Lind, who was out with a right foot injury, went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles in his only rehab appearance at Gulf Coast. He was in the cleanup spot in the Blue Jays' Tuesday lineup. Toronto had a roster spot available after designating LHP Brad Mills following Monday's 11-1 loss to Seattle. ... The Mariners announced their probables for the upcoming series at Detroit, and the most newsworthy item is that RHP Felix Hernandez won't have his start moved back a day to work on five days rest. Hernandez has thrived with the extra rest, but the Mariners are going to start him Saturday to pitch against Detroit LHP David Price. ... RHP Neil Wagner, who was pitching for Triple-A Buffalo in the Blue Jays' farm system, is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Wagner pitched in 10 games out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays this season, with an ERA of 8.10.