Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez stifles Mariners in victory

Rookie starter Aaron Sanchez ended a two-game slide, pitching 6 2/3 solid innings of work as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 8-2 on Sunday. 

Sanchez, who improved to 4-4 on the season, scattered seven hits but allowed just two runs to help Toronto avert a sweep. He struck out four and walked just two. Sanchez pitched into the seventh inning for his second straight start and dropped his ERA to 3.98. 

"He's settling in," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's got the appearance of starting to figure this out."

Gibbons believes he will hold onto his rotation spot, according to MLB.com.

"It wasn't like it was an automatic thing that was going to happen, because a lot of us felt, too, that in time he was going to pick it up, anyway. He should, he's too good, too talented. Yeah, I think you can probably eliminate that right now," Gibbons said.

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