Paxton outduels Keuchel as Mariners stay hot – MLB.com

SEATTLE — For James Paxton on Monday night, it wasn’t how he started, but how he finished. The big left-hander picked up his first win of of the season while the Mariners edged the Astros, 2-1, at Safeco Field, sending the defending World Series champs to their fifth loss in six games.

The Mariners continued their strong start, improving to 9-5 with their fifth win in their last six games. The Astros have lost three straight, falling to 10-7 and dropping into third in the early American League West race behind the Angels (13-3) and Mariners.

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SEATTLE — For James Paxton on Monday night, it wasn’t how he started, but how he finished. The big left-hander picked up his first win of of the season while the Mariners edged the Astros, 2-1, at Safeco Field, sending the defending World Series champs to their fifth loss in six games.

The Mariners continued their strong start, improving to 9-5 with their fifth win in their last six games. The Astros have lost three straight, falling to 10-7 and dropping into third in the early American League West race behind the Angels (13-3) and Mariners.

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Paxton surrendered a homer to George Springer leading off the game, then buckled down and held the Astros scoreless for the rest of his six-inning outing. He allowed just three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 4.57 through four starts.

“It’s all about just getting back to what I’m trying to do there and making one pitch at a time,” Paxton said. “I can’t let one hit, one home run take me out of my game. I was just focused on making my next pitch.”

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