PAXTON GOES SIX STRONG AS M’S START ROAD TRIP WITH WIN.
What happened: Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run and the Seattle Mariners got the “second half” of the season underway with a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the first of a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday.
Cano’s homer came in the third inning of Sox’ starter James Shields. Cano went 2 for 4 with a walk. Jean Segura went 2 for 5 and scored twice.
M’s starter James Paxton (W, 8-3) went six strong innings with nine strikeouts and allowed two runs on two hits and no walks. The bullpen followed up with three innings of no-hit, no-walk relief with six strikeouts.
- White Sox broke on top in the second. With one down, Avasail Garcia singled to left, stole second and went to third on Mike Zunino’s throwing error and scored on a ground rule double over Mitch Haniger’s head in right that bounced into the stands.
- Zunino led off the third with a walk and went to second when Jean Segura singled up the middle. Ben Gamel lined out to right and Zunino moved up a base. Robinson Cano then slugged a first-pitch cutter off the top of the wall and into the right-field stands for a three-run homer, his 18th of the season.
- In the fourth, Garcia singled with one down and scored on a double to center by Matt Davidson to make it 3-2.
- The M’s answered again in the fifth. Segura led off with a double, went to third on Cano’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch with Nelson Cruz up.
- Tony Zych struck out two in a scoreless seventh, Nick Vincent did the same in the eighth, and Edwin Diaz followed suit, finishing off Garcia with a 99 mph heater to earn his 14th save.
It’s nice to get a win the first game after the All-Star break. This six-game road trip is important that the M’s don’t lose any more ground if they want to stay in wildcard contention. They have a 10-game homestand leading up to the trade deadline after that which will decide if they are buyers or sellers at the end of the month.
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Players of the Game
Hero: Robinson Cano. Picked up right where he left off at the All-Star Game with the homer. Honorable mention to James Paxton.
Goat: Jarrod Dyson. 0 for 4, three LOB.
Seattle Mariners (44-47) at Chicago White Sox (38-50) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Felix Hernandez (4-3, 4.44) faces Mike Pelfrey (3-7, 4.83).
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