Another Paxton gem lifts Seattle to 6-0 win over Houston

SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton gave Seattle manager Scott Servais and the Mariners exactly the reset they needed after a horrid first week on the road.

''It's opening day, the first day of the season,'' Servais joked. ''With what happened this last week, especially yesterday, we needed to bounce back. I felt strongly we would.''

Paxton provided the fresh start, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball and leading the Mariners past the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday in Seattle's home opener.

Paxton shut down Houston for the second time in a week, helping the Mariners rebound from Sunday's ugly ninth-inning collapse against the Angels when they gave up seven runs and lost 10-9. Paxton (1-0) kept Houston's offense silent long enough for Seattle's bats to wake up and finally convert with runners in scoring position. He struck out eight and walked two while pitching in Seattle's home opener for the second time in his career.

''I feel really confident in what I'm doing and focusing on the process of what I need to do out there ... and so far getting the good results we need,'' Paxton said.

In 13 innings against the Astros this season, Paxton has not allowed a run and scattered six hits. Carlos Correa had Houston's first three hits on Monday - two of which didn't leave the infield - and Carlos Beltran added a single in the seventh inning to put two runners on with no outs. Paxton got Evan Gattis to foul out, struck out Marwin Gonzalez and got defensive help from Leonys Martin running down Josh Reddick's drive to cap the outing.

''I think he's gonna give the whole league a hard time if he has that kind of power and that kind of ability to land his breaking ball - development things over the last year or so we've seen him do,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said of Paxton.

Nelson Cruz finally broke through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to give Seattle the lead and Mitch Haniger followed an inning later with a two-out RBI single. Seattle was 8 for 57 through the first seven games and 1 of 8 on Monday with runners in scoring position before Cruz lined Charlie Morton's pitch into center field.

Morton (0-1) allowed three runs and seven hits and struck out six. He escaped jams in the third and fourth innings before Cruz came through for Seattle in the fifth.

Not all went well on opening day for Seattle. Shortstop Jean Segura left the game after the bottom of the third inning after straining his right hamstring. It first bothered Segura early in the game and appeared to be aggravated by diving back to first base trying to avoid the tag after Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel caught a line drive. Segura was replaced by Taylor Motter.

Servais said the team hoped to have a better idea the severity of the injury on Tuesday.

''It's very mild. Fingers crossed he'll be OK tomorrow or the next day,'' Servais said.

WAKING UP

A couple of Seattle's stars that struggled through the first week on the road enjoyed being home. Cruz had three hits, raising his average from .080 to .172. Kyle Seager had two hits and a sacrifice fly to score Seattle's third run. Seager's second hit was a line drive double off the wall in the seventh.

The Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5 hitters in Seattle's order was a combined 8 for 14 with three doubles and four RBIs.

MISSING PERSONS

For a moment the Astros were without Jose Altuve. During the lengthy pregame ceremony as part of the Mariners' home opener, both rosters were introduced. When the Astros lineup was announced, Altuve was nowhere to be found. His absence was brief. While the Mariners were being announced, Altuve quietly walked out to his spot on the third base line.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Tony Zych (biceps) will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma with no set date on when he'll rejoin the Mariners. They would like to add his power arm to the bullpen, but he's struggled in two outings in the minors giving up three runs on five hits in brief appearances.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Joe Musgrove (0-0) makes his second start against Seattle. Musgrove gave up two runs in five innings last week vs. the Mariners.

Mariners: LHP Ariel Miranda (0-0) makes his second start of the season. Miranda gave up two runs over five innings in his first start vs. Houston.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF40000011.219.306.625.931-0.5
A. Bregman 3B40100020.179.258.214.4720.0
J. Altuve 2B20000200.188.257.188.4452.0
C. Correa SS40300013.310.382.414.7962.5
C. Beltran DH40100016.276.276.345.6210.5
E. Gattis C40000013.278.435.333.768-0.5
M. Gonzalez LF30000112.278.409.7781.1870.5
J. Reddick RF40000023.227.261.273.534-1.0
Y. Gurriel 1B30100011.125.125.167.2921.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS20000002.313.353.406.7590.0
    T. Motter SS31000013.000.143.000.1430.5
    M. Haniger RF51210012.242.342.576.9184.5
    R. Cano 2B21100201.258.343.452.7945.0
    N. Cruz DH41320001.172.265.207.4726.0
    K. Seager 3B30210010.192.324.269.5933.5
    D. Valencia 1B30010024.129.176.161.3380.0
    L. Martin CF40100024.107.138.107.2452.0
    M. Zunino C31100104.208.240.250.4903.0
    J. Dyson LF31100002.160.250.240.4904.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (2), R. Cano (3), K. Seager (2), J. Dyson (2)
      • SF - K. Seager (2), D. Valencia
      • RBI - M. Haniger (5), N. Cruz 2 (4), K. Seager (4), D. Valencia (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Martin (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Reddick
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 0-1)5.07332604.091.801.0
      T. Sipp0.11211009.006.00-3.0
      M. Feliz1.23110002.081.80-1.0
      J. Gustave1.000001010.130.003.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 0-1)5.0
      T. Sipp0.1
      M. Feliz1.2
      J. Gustave1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 1-0)7.04002800.000.8629.0
      D. Altavilla1.02001200.003.001.0
      E. Scribner1.000000013.500.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 1-0)7.0
      D. Altavilla1.0
      E. Scribner1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Morton
      • HBP - C. Morton
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 89-61, T. Sipp 20-14, M. Feliz 34-24, J. Gustave 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 4-4, T. Sipp 1-0, M. Feliz 1-4, J. Gustave 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, T. Sipp 3, M. Feliz 8, J. Gustave 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 103-65, D. Altavilla 18-11, E. Scribner 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-8, E. Scribner 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, D. Altavilla 6, E. Scribner 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF40000011.219.306.625.931-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B40100020.179.258.214.4720.0
      J. Altuve 2B20000200.188.257.188.4452.0
      C. Correa SS40300013.310.382.414.7962.5
      C. Beltran DH40100016.276.276.345.6210.5
      E. Gattis C40000013.278.435.333.768-0.5
      M. Gonzalez LF30000112.278.409.7781.1870.5
      J. Reddick RF40000023.227.261.273.534-1.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B30100011.125.125.167.2921.5
      Total32060031019-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Segura SS20000002.313.353.406.7590.0
        T. Motter SS31000013.000.143.000.1430.5
        M. Haniger RF51210012.242.342.576.9184.5
        R. Cano 2B21100201.258.343.452.7945.0
        N. Cruz DH41320001.172.265.207.4726.0
        K. Seager 3B30210010.192.324.269.5933.5
        D. Valencia 1B30010024.129.176.161.3380.0
        L. Martin CF40100024.107.138.107.2452.0
        M. Zunino C31100104.208.240.250.4903.0
        J. Dyson LF31100002.160.250.240.4904.0
        Total32611503723-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Haniger (2), R. Cano (3), K. Seager (2), J. Dyson (2)
          • SF - K. Seager (2), D. Valencia
          • RBI - M. Haniger (5), N. Cruz 2 (4), K. Seager (4), D. Valencia (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Martin (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Reddick
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Morton (L, 0-1)5.07332604.091.801.0
          T. Sipp0.11211009.006.00-3.0
          M. Feliz1.23110002.081.80-1.0
          J. Gustave1.000001010.130.003.5
          Total8.01165370---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Morton (L, 0-1)5.0
          T. Sipp0.1
          M. Feliz1.2
          J. Gustave1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 1-0)7.04002800.000.8629.0
          D. Altavilla1.02001200.003.001.0
          E. Scribner1.000000013.500.003.0
          Total9.06003100---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 1-0)7.0
          D. Altavilla1.0
          E. Scribner1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - C. Morton
          • HBP - C. Morton
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 89-61, T. Sipp 20-14, M. Feliz 34-24, J. Gustave 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 4-4, T. Sipp 1-0, M. Feliz 1-4, J. Gustave 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Morton 24, T. Sipp 3, M. Feliz 8, J. Gustave 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 103-65, D. Altavilla 18-11, E. Scribner 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-8, E. Scribner 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, D. Altavilla 6, E. Scribner 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Cruz scored, Seager to third06
          • 6TH INNING
            Haniger singled to shallow right, Zunino and Dyson scored, Haniger to second on left fielder Reddick fielding error05
          • 5TH INNING
            Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Cano scored03
            Cruz singled to shallow center, Motter and Haniger scored, Cano to third02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Evan Scribner relieved Dan Altavilla
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Strike looking, Gattis grounded out to second
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Dan Altavilla relieved James Paxton
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep right center
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to shallow left, Gurriel to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • C. Beltran: Beltran popped out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jandel Gustave relieved Michael Feliz
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dyson popped out to catcher
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Motter struck out looking
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Correa reached on an infield single
            • C. Beltran: Ball, Ball, Beltran singled to shallow left, Correa to second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Gattis popped out to first
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Feliz Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cruz singled to shallow right center
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Seager doubled to deep right, Cruz to third
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to center, Cruz scored, Seager to third
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin flied out to right
            • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zunino popped out to catcher
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Sipp relieved Charlie Morton
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martin singled to shallow right
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Martin stole second, Foul, Ball, Zunino walked
            • J. Dyson: Dyson reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Martin out at third, Zunino to second
            • Michael Feliz relieved Tony Sipp
            • T. Motter: Motter lined out to left
            • M. Haniger: Haniger singled to shallow right, Zunino and Dyson scored, Haniger to second on left fielder Reddick fielding error
            • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cano grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gattis flied out to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • J. Reddick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dyson doubled to shallow right
            • T. Motter: Motter reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dyson out at third
            • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Haniger doubled to shallow left, Motter to third
            • R. Cano: Cano intentionally walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to shallow center, Motter and Haniger scored, Cano to third
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Cano scored
            • D. Valencia: Valencia grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Cruz out at second
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Taylor Motter at shortstop
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Springer lined out to right
            • A. Bregman: Bregman lined out to center
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Correa singled to center, Altuve to second
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano walked
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cruz singled to shallow center, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager singled to center, Cano to third, Cruz to second
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Zunino flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Zunino singled to left center
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson hit by pitch, Zunino to second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Zunino to third, Dyson out at second
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger lined into double play first, Segura out at first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa reached on an infield single
            • C. Beltran: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Beltran reached on fielder's choice to third, Correa out at second
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltran caught stealing, second to catcher to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer flied out to shallow right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bregman struck out on foul tip
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Morton Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Segura grounded out to first
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • R. Cano: Cano doubled to deep center
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz flied out to deep center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)