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SEATTLE — Southern California, the Pacific Northwest or back home in Toronto, wherever the Bo Show goes, it continues to impress and earn rave reviews.

At age 21, Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette is off to one of the most productive career starts in Major League Baseball history and the rookie was at again before a raucous, Canadian-heavy Saturday night crowd of 34,590 at T-Mobile Park.

Another three-hit night that included a solo home run, an RBI single and a double helped the Jays rally to a 7-5 win over the Mariners. Naturally, the tens of thousands of Western Canadian fans who were in attendance and getting their first in-person glimpse of the impressive prospect, erupted at each of his hits.

With the win, the Jays snapped a season-long six-game losing streak and improved to 1-4 on this six-game road trip that began with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bichette was certainly one of the most popular Jays prior to the game as he signed autographs for dozens of fans crowding around the Toronto dugout. Then he made the night more memorable with each of his at-bats.

In the first inning, he had as loud an out as you can get here with a 400-blast to centre field that just stayed in the park. He had enough to hit it out in the third, however, his eighth home of the season. Incredibly, the out actually traveled farther than his home run.

When he added his double in the eighth it was Bichette’s 21st extra-base hit and check out the company that put him in. Only two players have had more extra-base knocks in their first 25 games — Joe DiMaggio with 22 in 1936 and Mandy Brooks with the same number in 25.

The shortstop and Jays leadoff hitter has an incredible batting average of .345 and those 21 extra-base hits lead all players in the majors since he was promoted by the Jays on July 29.  He certainly wowed the audience in L.A. in the first of this six-game road trip by hitting a pair of round-trippers off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

The Jays didn’t get their first lead of the game until a four-run seventh, two innings after legendary Mariners starter Felix Hernandez exited the game. Hernandez, who was making his first start since May 11 when he went to the injured list with a shoulder ailment, was sharp. He allowed just three hits in 5.2 innings, two of those being homers to Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez.

The Jays’ seventh included an RBI double by Billy McKinney, an RBI single from Bichette and another from Rowdy Tellez.

The series and road trip wraps up Sunday afternoon when Clay Buchholz makes his first start since going to the injured list (shoulder inflammation) on May 9.

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