Mariners' Paxton gets scoreless streak to 21 IP, beats Texas

SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton is off to a record-setting start for the Seattle Mariners.

The left-hander extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 21 innings, shutting down the Texas Rangers with eight innings of two-hit ball in Seattle's 5-0 win Saturday night.

Paxton (2-0) struck out nine and his only walk was to the first batter he faced. He hasn't allowed a run yet in three starts this year, and his scoreless stretch is a team record to open a season. He's the 10th pitcher in the majors ever to open a season with three scoreless starts of at least six innings.

''Can't say enough about Paxton tonight and the start he's off to this year,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''The confidence - he's fearless. That's the mentality you have to have.''

Paxton finished last season strong after pitching inconsistently early in his career. He attributed his success then and now to a change in mindset he made around last year's All-Star break.

''Just being really aggressive,'' Paxton said. ''I've got the power stuff and I need to be aggressive and go after guys.''

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Seattle got a two-run single from Kyle Seager and Taylor Motter's three-run homer. That was more than enough to give the Mariners their first back-to-back wins of the season.

''The way Paxton was throwing, you feel like if you get a run, we're going to be in good shape,'' Seager said. ''A run would have felt like three there. Paxton was phenomenal all night and he's been phenomenal all season. The way the ball's coming out of his hand, it's been really fun to play behind.''

Paxton walked Carlos Gomez to lead off the game, but he followed by getting Elvis Andrus to ground into a double play. That was the last baserunner Paxton allowed until Joey Gallo doubled with one out in the sixth inning. Gallo advanced to third on a wild pitch but was stranded when Gomez popped up a bunt to end the inning.

''We needed it right there,'' Paxton said. ''At that point the game was still at 0-0. That was a big run to keep off the board, and it kind of got our boys going.''

Andrew Cashner (0-1) made his first start for Texas and pitched into the sixth inning, giving up four runs and five hits. Cashner missed most of spring training and the start of the season with soreness in his right bicep. He was activated from the disabled list before the game and made his first start since signing as a free agent this winter.

Cashner held Seattle scoreless through the first five innings, but the Mariners broke through in the sixth with the help of an error. With one out and a runner on first, Robinson Cano hit a grounder to short that looked like a double-play ball, but Andrus bobbled it and rushed an off-target flip to second. Cashner then walked the bases loaded before Seager's two-run single.

''The last inning was probably the most stressful, but I'd like to in the future get out of that,'' Cashner said. ''I thought I was in a good situation. I made a good pitch and he made a good swing.''

Motter followed with his second home run of the season, a shot to right field off reliever Mike Hauschild to put Seattle five runs ahead.

HOT START

Mariners OF Mitch Haniger singled twice, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Haniger also scored to give him 11 runs in Seattle's first 12 games, and he has reached base safely in each game.

RANGERS MOVES

In addition to activating Cashner, before the game Texas optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock and also activated Tanner Scheppers and assigned him to Round Rock.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (0-0) will make his third start. In his previous outing, he allowed one run and four hits over seven innings against Oakland.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1) will start in the series finale against Texas. In his last start, against the Angels, he gave up one run on two hits in six innings.

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This story has been corrected to show that Paxton's scoreless streak is a team record to open a season, not overall.

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SEA4-8
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  • W: J. Paxton (2-0)L: A. Cashner (0-1)
  • HR: SEA - T. Motter (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Gomez CF30000121.163.280.419.6990.0
E. Andrus SS40000011.333.364.6901.054-0.5
N. Mazara RF30000000.333.375.578.9530.0
M. Napoli DH30000010.146.239.317.556-0.5
R. Odor 2B30000010.209.244.488.733-0.5
J. Lucroy C30100000.226.250.323.5731.0
R. Rua 1B30000021.125.176.125.301-1.0
J. Gallo 3B30100021.229.341.514.8561.0
D. DeShields LF30000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Dyson LF30000001.179.267.231.4971.0
    M. Haniger RF41200011.292.393.542.9352.5
    R. Cano 2B41000003.213.288.340.6291.0
    N. Cruz DH21100201.209.314.326.6395.0
    K. Seager 3B41120002.250.360.300.6604.0
    T. Motter SS31131110.333.391.8101.2018.5
    D. Valencia 1B40100012.143.196.214.4102.5
    L. Martin CF30100001.103.125.128.2532.0
    M. Zunino C30100012.206.229.265.4931.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Gallo (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Cruz (2), L. Martin, M. Zunino (2)
      • 3B - D. Valencia
      • HR - T. Motter (2)
      • RBI - K. Seager 2 (7), T. Motter 3 (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Andrus (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.15433205.061.500.0
      M. Hauschild1.23110219.641.800.0
      S. Dyson1.000000024.750.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.1
      M. Hauschild1.2
      S. Dyson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 2-0)8.02001900.000.3835.5
      N. Vincent1.00000304.500.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 2-0)8.0
      N. Vincent1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Hauschild
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 85-48, M. Hauschild 23-15, S. Dyson 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 8-5, M. Hauschild 1-1, S. Dyson 2-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 23, M. Hauschild 8, S. Dyson 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Paxton (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 114-79, N. Vincent 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 6-8
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, N. Vincent 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TEX4-7
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      SEA4-8
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Gomez CF30000121.163.280.419.6990.0
      E. Andrus SS40000011.333.364.6901.054-0.5
      N. Mazara RF30000000.333.375.578.9530.0
      M. Napoli DH30000010.146.239.317.556-0.5
      R. Odor 2B30000010.209.244.488.733-0.5
      J. Lucroy C30100000.226.250.323.5731.0
      R. Rua 1B30000021.125.176.125.301-1.0
      J. Gallo 3B30100021.229.341.514.8561.0
      D. DeShields LF30000031.000.000.000.000-1.5
      Total2802001125-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Dyson LF30000001.179.267.231.4971.0
        M. Haniger RF41200011.292.393.542.9352.5
        R. Cano 2B41000003.213.288.340.6291.0
        N. Cruz DH21100201.209.314.326.6395.0
        K. Seager 3B41120002.250.360.300.6604.0
        T. Motter SS31131110.333.391.8101.2018.5
        D. Valencia 1B40100012.143.196.214.4102.5
        L. Martin CF30100001.103.125.128.2532.0
        M. Zunino C30100012.206.229.265.4931.5
        Total3058513413-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Gallo (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Cruz (2), L. Martin, M. Zunino (2)
          • 3B - D. Valencia
          • HR - T. Motter (2)
          • RBI - K. Seager 2 (7), T. Motter 3 (5)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Andrus (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.15433205.061.500.0
          M. Hauschild1.23110219.641.800.0
          S. Dyson1.000000024.750.003.0
          Total8.0854341---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cashner (L, 0-1)5.1
          M. Hauschild1.2
          S. Dyson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 2-0)8.02001900.000.3835.5
          N. Vincent1.00000304.500.004.5
          Total9.02001120---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 2-0)8.0
          N. Vincent1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Hauschild
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 85-48, M. Hauschild 23-15, S. Dyson 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 8-5, M. Hauschild 1-1, S. Dyson 2-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 23, M. Hauschild 8, S. Dyson 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Paxton (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 114-79, N. Vincent 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 6-8
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 26, N. Vincent 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Motter homered to left, Cruz and Seager scored05
            Seager singled to right, Haniger and Cano scored, Cruz to second02
          • 9TH INNING
            • N. Vincent Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow right
            • R. Rua: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Dyson Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager grounded out to third
            • T. Motter: Foul, Foul, Ball, Motter grounded out to second
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Valencia flied out to deep left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus popped out to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to second
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Napoli flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Hauschild Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson hit by pitch
            • M. Haniger: Haniger reached on an infield single to third, Dyson to second
            • R. Cano: Cano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Dyson to third, Haniger out at second
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Rua flied out to left
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo doubled to deep right
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Gomez popped bunt out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Dyson grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to left
            • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Cano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Haniger to second on shortstop Andrus fielding error
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz walked, Haniger to third, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager singled to right, Haniger and Cano scored, Cruz to second
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Motter homered to left, Cruz and Seager scored
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin doubled to deep left
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Napoli flied out to right
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Odor flied out to center
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Motter struck out looking
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia tripled to deep right
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin grounded out to first
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gomez struck out on foul tip
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus flied out to deep right
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
            • K. Seager: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Seager grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cruz out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin lined out to right
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino doubled to deep left
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson popped out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Odor flied out to left
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz doubled to shallow left
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager flied out to deep right, Cruz to third
            • T. Motter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Motter walked
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Valencia grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Motter out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomez walked
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to first, Gomez out at second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cashner Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dyson lined out to center
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
            • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)