Paxton, Mariners win 2-1, snap six-game skid vs Houston

SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton made sure not to let a Mariners nemesis ruin his night right from the start.

Paxton shook off a leadoff home run from Houston's George Springer to deliver six strong innings, and Seattle beat the Astros 2-1 on Monday to end a six-game skid against the World Series champions.

After that home run, Paxton (1-1) was solid, striking out seven and allowing two more hits.

Dee Gordon's RBI double off Astros starter Dallas Keuchel (0-3) made it 2-1 in the sixth inning, putting Paxton in line for the win.

''That is what you've got to do, you've got to play a clean game,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''We did tonight.''

Springer has feasted on Mariners pitching over the years, and coming into the series opener Monday was the only Houston regular to ever hit a home run off Paxton.

On the fifth pitch of the game, Springer smashed an inside fastball way back in left field for his 19th career home run against Seattle.

''He's tough,'' Springer said. ''He throws hard and has a great angle on his ball. It's kind of one of those things where I'm looking for something to hit, and hopefully I don't miss it.''

After giving up the 455-foot blast, Paxton settled down by pounding the inside part of the plate.

''You can't let one hit - one home run - take me out of my game,'' Paxton said.

Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.

Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel with two outs in the fourth.

Catcher David Freitas led off the sixth for Seattle with a double. Gordon followed with a soft line drive to right that Springer was slow to after losing his footing and slipping on the grass.

''Dee wasn't trying to do too much with the ball,'' Keuchel said. ''I felt like we were playing pretty deep on him. If I make a mistake and he hits it over somebody's head, then I'm fine with that. That was just bad luck.''

Houston has scored one or fewer runs in back-to-back losses. That never happened in the Astros' run to the World Series title last season.

NO DELAYS AT SAFECO FIELD

Servais is plenty aware of the bad weather plaguing the majors this year. Still, he got an earful from his parents about it Monday.

They live in Wisconsin and have up to 12 inches of snow in their front yard.

''It is crazy how late (in April) it is going,'' Servais said.

Three more games were postponed Monday because of weather, bringing the season total to 24 - most in the big leagues before May 1 since 2007.

Given the Mariners play at Safeco Field under a retractable roof, their opener with Houston on Monday was never in jeopardy.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: LHP Tony Sipp (calf) threw a bullpen session Monday, but the team isn't sure if he will go out on a rehab assignment or be activated to the big club when eligible Wednesday.

Mariners: C Mike Zunino (left oblique) began his three-day rehab stint in Class A Modesto on Monday. He is expected to play two games at catcher before being activated. ... OF Ben Gamel (right oblique) will play at least one more minor league game Tuesday with Triple-A Tacoma. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained lat) is also scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday in Tacoma. ... RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder), who signed a minor-league deal with Seattle last November, will likely throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before being sent off on a minor league assignment.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 7.71 ERA) is coming off one of his worst career starts in Minnesota on Wednesday (career-worst eight earned runs in three-plus innings), but is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA lifetime against Seattle.

Mariners: The Mariners will likely tab LHP Ariel Miranda to make his season debut against the Astros. This will be his seventh career start against Houston, and he is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA against the World Series champions.

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  • W: J. Paxton (1-1)L: D. Keuchel (0-3)S: E. Diaz (7)
  • HR: HOU - G. Springer (4), SEA - N. Cruz (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer RF31211100.224.321.448.7688.0
A. Bregman 3B40000012.212.316.303.619-0.5
J. Altuve 2B40000011.323.384.354.737-0.5
C. Correa SS20100210.273.328.473.8014.5
Y. Gurriel 1B30000103.200.235.467.7021.0
E. Gattis DH30000002.184.273.265.5380.0
a- J. Reddick PH-DH10000011.300.429.550.979-0.5
M. Gonzalez LF40000022.164.277.273.550-1.0
M. Stassi C30000020.269.367.462.828-1.0
J. Marisnick CF30000020.146.146.293.439-1.0
  • a-struck out for Gattis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF40110003.322.355.407.7623.0
J. Segura SS40000001.305.339.458.7960.0
R. Cano 2B40000011.341.500.432.932-0.5
N. Cruz DH31111100.222.263.722.9857.0
K. Seager 3B30000022.283.328.528.856-1.0
M. Haniger RF30000010.271.379.542.921-0.5
G. Heredia LF30100000.250.345.542.8862.0
T. Motter 1B30200000.267.353.467.8202.0
D. Freitas C31100023.261.346.391.7372.0
    BATTING
    • HR - G. Springer (4)
    • RBI - G. Springer (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gordon (2), G. Heredia, D. Freitas (3)
    • HR - N. Cruz (3)
    • RBI - D. Gordon (5), N. Cruz (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Correa (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Keuchel (L, 0-3)8.06221613.521.4816.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Keuchel (L, 0-3)8.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (W, 1-1)6.03113714.571.2924.5
    N. Vincent (H, 4)1.00000104.051.203.5
    J. Nicasio (H, 7)1.00000005.191.043.0
    E. Diaz (S, 7)1.00001200.000.3810.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (W, 1-1)6.0
    N. Vincent (H, 4)1.0
    J. Nicasio (H, 7)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 96-62
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 14-4
    • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 31
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 106-63, N. Vincent 12-10, J. Nicasio 12-8, E. Diaz 18-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 6-5, J. Nicasio 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 3, E. Diaz 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HOU10-7
    100000000130
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF31211100.224.321.448.7688.0
    A. Bregman 3B40000012.212.316.303.619-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B40000011.323.384.354.737-0.5
    C. Correa SS20100210.273.328.473.8014.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B30000103.200.235.467.7021.0
    E. Gattis DH30000002.184.273.265.5380.0
    a- J. Reddick PH-DH10000011.300.429.550.979-0.5
    M. Gonzalez LF40000022.164.277.273.550-1.0
    M. Stassi C30000020.269.367.462.828-1.0
    J. Marisnick CF30000020.146.146.293.439-1.0
    Total30131141011-----
    • a-struck out for Gattis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon CF40110003.322.355.407.7623.0
    J. Segura SS40000001.305.339.458.7960.0
    R. Cano 2B40000011.341.500.432.932-0.5
    N. Cruz DH31111100.222.263.722.9857.0
    K. Seager 3B30000022.283.328.528.856-1.0
    M. Haniger RF30000010.271.379.542.921-0.5
    G. Heredia LF30100000.250.345.542.8862.0
    T. Motter 1B30200000.267.353.467.8202.0
    D. Freitas C31100023.261.346.391.7372.0
    Total3026211610-----
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Springer (4)
      • RBI - G. Springer (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gordon (2), G. Heredia, D. Freitas (3)
      • HR - N. Cruz (3)
      • RBI - D. Gordon (5), N. Cruz (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Correa (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Keuchel (L, 0-3)8.06221613.521.4816.0
      Total8.0622161---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Keuchel (L, 0-3)8.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 1-1)6.03113714.571.2924.5
      N. Vincent (H, 4)1.00000104.051.203.5
      J. Nicasio (H, 7)1.00000005.191.043.0
      E. Diaz (S, 7)1.00001200.000.3810.0
      Total9.03114101---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 1-1)6.0
      N. Vincent (H, 4)1.0
      J. Nicasio (H, 7)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 96-62
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 14-4
      • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 31
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 106-63, N. Vincent 12-10, J. Nicasio 12-8, E. Diaz 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 6-5, J. Nicasio 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 24, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 3, E. Diaz 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Gordon doubled to right center, Freitas scored12
      • 4TH INNING
        Cruz homered to left11
      • 1ST INNING
        Springer homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Juan Nicasio
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
        • Josh Reddick hit for Evan Gattis
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Correa stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Juan Nicasio relieved Nick Vincent
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve lined out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura flied out to right
        • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Nick Vincent relieved James Paxton
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Stassi popped out to second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger flied out to deep center
        • G. Heredia: Heredia doubled to deep right
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Motter singled to left, Heredia to third
        • D. Freitas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freitas struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve lined out to center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to right
        • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • D. Freitas: Strike swinging, Ball, Freitas doubled to deep left
        • D. Gordon: Gordon doubled to right center, Freitas scored
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to right
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Haniger grounded out to third
        • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Motter grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gattis grounded out to shortstop, Gurriel to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura popped out to second
        • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to first
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz homered to left
        • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Motter: Ball, Motter singled to left
        • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freitas struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis lined out to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer homered to left center
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa singled to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Keuchel Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)