Paxton, Valencia lead Mariners past Rockies, 5-0

SEATTLE (AP) Despite missing almost a month, James Paxton picked up where he left off.

Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Paxton (4-0), activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, retired 16 of the first 17 hitters he faced, allowing only a two-out infield single in the third inning. Paxton, making his first start since May 2, struck out Pat Valaika to open the sixth, but then allowed consecutive singles to Tony Wolters and Charlie Blackmon, ending his 74-pitch outing.

''Healthy, it felt great. It was good to be back out there,'' said Paxton, who had been sidelined with a left forearm strain. ''Going into the start of the game I was confident because I'd already gone 100 percent in the bullpen just to make sure that it felt good to go that hard. So, I was able to that in the first inning.''

Paxton, who has not allowed an earned run in five of his seven starts, struck out six and walked one in lowering his ERA to 1.26. Steve Cishek retired all five hitters he faced and James Pazos pitched the eighth. Nick Vincent allowed a single in the ninth, to finish the four-hit shutout and give the Mariners their fourth consecutive victory.

''Unbelievable, like he didn't miss a beat,'' catcher Mike Zunino said of Paxton. ''I thought the mechanics were actually even cleaner. I thought he was stronger. The ball was coming out good in the bullpen and I thought he had good stuff, and then when you go out in the first inning and he's 96, 98 (mph), it's even better than what you expected.''

Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela (7-2) allowed four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in five innings, losing for just the second time in 11 starts.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the second. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager opened with consecutive singles, each advanced on a wild pitch, and Danny Valencia followed with a two-run double to the gap in right-center. Mike Zunino doubled in Valencia.

''The two ground balls not hit hard, just well-placed,'' said Rockies manager Bud Black. ''Then the wild pitch moved the runners, that got the potential double play not in the program. And just the ball up over the plate to Valencia was the back breaker in a game like this with Paxton pitching how he was, even though he was on a limited pitch count obviously. But, their bullpen came in and did a nice job too.''

Seattle extended it to 4-0 in the fifth when Jarrod Dyson walked to open, advanced on a balk, took third on a wild pitch and came home on Ben Gamel's single down the left-field line.

The Mariners added a run in the seventh on singles by Zunino and Segura, a wild pitch, and Gamel's sacrifice fly.

''I can't say enough what it means to have Paxton back,'' said Mariners manager Scott Servais. ''He gave us more tonight than I think we expected, coming into this having not pitched in a little over a month, or right around there. At this level, it was awesome. I looked up on the board one time and like the first 15 hitters he faced, there was 13 first-pitch strikes.''

SEAGER HEATING UP:

Seattle's Kyle Seager, who hit .278 with a career-best 30 homers and 99 RBI last season, has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games. Over that span he is hitting .357 with five doubles, a homer and six RBI. ''When Seager starts hitting, we are a different team,'' Servais said. ''There is no doubt, offensively.''

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Mariners: Nelson Cruz, who left Tuesday's game at Colorado in the second inning with right calf tightness while playing right field in the interleague game, was back in the lineup as DH. . RHP Felix Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (right shoulder inflammation), each on the 10-day DL, each looked good in recent bullpen sessions. Manager Scott Servais said Hernandez is expected to throw a couple innings in a simulated game Friday or Saturday and then go out on a rehab assignment after that.

UP NEXT:

Rockies: Left-hander Kyle Freeland (5-3, 3.43) makes his first career start against the Mariners in the Thursday afternoon finale of the two-game series at Safeco Field. He has pitched at least 5 2/3 innings in each of his last seven starts.

Mariners: Right-hander Yovani Gallardo (2-5, 5.76) has never beaten the Rockies. He is 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 11 career games against Colorado, including 10 starts. Gallardo has won only once in his last six starts.

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  • W: J. Paxton (4-0)L: A. Senzatela (7-2)
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C. Blackmon CF40100001.326.363.621.9831.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40100012.281.355.362.7170.5
N. Arenado 3B40000003.273.335.531.8660.0
M. Reynolds 1B30000000.308.383.546.9290.0
I. Desmond LF30000020.274.297.381.677-1.0
C. Gonzalez RF30000000.237.301.366.6670.0
T. Story SS30000010.197.304.438.742-0.5
P. Valaika SS30000020.241.279.534.813-1.0
T. Wolters C30200001.300.394.378.7722.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS30100111.344.392.467.8581.5
    B. Gamel RF30120020.307.386.456.8432.0
    R. Cano 2B40000013.287.340.517.858-0.5
    N. Cruz DH41100022.279.362.519.8811.0
    K. Seager 3B41200000.267.346.412.7583.0
    D. Valencia 1B41220001.253.319.394.7136.0
    G. Heredia LF40100011.299.357.382.7390.5
    J. Dyson CF31000113.217.317.306.6231.5
    M. Zunino C31210011.190.264.300.5644.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Valencia (8), M. Zunino (8)
      • SF - B. Gamel (2)
      • RBI - B. Gamel 2 (16), D. Valencia 2 (19), M. Zunino (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Story, J. Lyles, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
      • PB - T. Wolters (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Cano, J. Segura, D. Valencia
      • E - K. Seager (6), J. Segura (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Senzatela (L, 7-2)5.05442703.491.162.5
      J. Lyles1.13110006.931.50-1.0
      M. Dunn0.20000105.511.650.5
      C. Estevez1.02000108.161.881.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Senzatela (L, 7-2)5.0
      J. Lyles1.1
      M. Dunn0.2
      C. Estevez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 4-0)5.13000601.260.9322.0
      S. Cishek (H, 2)1.20000006.231.153.0
      J. Pazos1.00000001.931.073.0
      N. Vincent1.01000002.280.972.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 4-0)5.1
      S. Cishek (H, 2)1.2
      J. Pazos1.0
      N. Vincent1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Senzatela 2 (2), M. Dunn
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 94-58, J. Lyles 30-18, M. Dunn 11-7, C. Estevez 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 4-4, J. Lyles 2-1, C. Estevez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 22, J. Lyles 6, M. Dunn 2, C. Estevez 5
      • Balks - A. Senzatela (2)
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 74-57, S. Cishek 25-13, J. Pazos 10-7, N. Vincent 13-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-3, S. Cishek 2-3, J. Pazos 2-1, N. Vincent 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 19, S. Cishek 5, J. Pazos 3, N. Vincent 3
      • Balks - J. Paxton
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Blackmon CF40100001.326.363.621.9831.0
      D. LeMahieu 2B40100012.281.355.362.7170.5
      N. Arenado 3B40000003.273.335.531.8660.0
      M. Reynolds 1B30000000.308.383.546.9290.0
      I. Desmond LF30000020.274.297.381.677-1.0
      C. Gonzalez RF30000000.237.301.366.6670.0
      T. Story SS30000010.197.304.438.742-0.5
      P. Valaika SS30000020.241.279.534.813-1.0
      T. Wolters C30200001.300.394.378.7722.0
      Total330400088-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Segura SS30100111.344.392.467.8581.5
        B. Gamel RF30120020.307.386.456.8432.0
        R. Cano 2B40000013.287.340.517.858-0.5
        N. Cruz DH41100022.279.362.519.8811.0
        K. Seager 3B41200000.267.346.412.7583.0
        D. Valencia 1B41220001.253.319.394.7136.0
        G. Heredia LF40100011.299.357.382.7390.5
        J. Dyson CF31000113.217.317.306.6231.5
        M. Zunino C31210011.190.264.300.5644.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Valencia (8), M. Zunino (8)
          • SF - B. Gamel (2)
          • RBI - B. Gamel 2 (16), D. Valencia 2 (19), M. Zunino (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - T. Story, J. Lyles, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
          • PB - T. Wolters (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - R. Cano, J. Segura, D. Valencia
          • E - K. Seager (6), J. Segura (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Senzatela (L, 7-2)5.05442703.491.162.5
          J. Lyles1.13110006.931.50-1.0
          M. Dunn0.20000105.511.650.5
          C. Estevez1.02000108.161.881.5
          Total8.01055290---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Senzatela (L, 7-2)5.0
          J. Lyles1.1
          M. Dunn0.2
          C. Estevez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 4-0)5.13000601.260.9322.0
          S. Cishek (H, 2)1.20000006.231.153.0
          J. Pazos1.00000001.931.073.0
          N. Vincent1.01000002.280.972.0
          Total9.0400060---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 4-0)5.1
          S. Cishek (H, 2)1.2
          J. Pazos1.0
          N. Vincent1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Senzatela 2 (2), M. Dunn
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 94-58, J. Lyles 30-18, M. Dunn 11-7, C. Estevez 19-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 4-4, J. Lyles 2-1, C. Estevez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 22, J. Lyles 6, M. Dunn 2, C. Estevez 5
          • Balks - A. Senzatela (2)
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 74-57, S. Cishek 25-13, J. Pazos 10-7, N. Vincent 13-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-3, S. Cishek 2-3, J. Pazos 2-1, N. Vincent 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 19, S. Cishek 5, J. Pazos 3, N. Vincent 3
          • Balks - J. Paxton
          • 7TH INNING
            Gamel hit sacrifice fly to center, Zunino scored05
          • 5TH INNING
            Gamel singled to left, Dyson scored, Segura to second04
          • 2ND INNING
            Zunino doubled to deep left, Valencia scored03
            Valencia doubled to deep right, Cruz and Seager scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Nick Vincent relieved James Pazos
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep left
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, LeMahieu out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • James Pazos relieved Steve Cishek
            • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Story safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error
            • P. Valaika: Foul, Foul, Valaika lined out to right
            • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wolters grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Story out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Carlos Estevez relieved Mike Dunn
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to second
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valencia singled to right
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Heredia singled to right, Valencia to second
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Valencia to third, Heredia to second on passed ball, Dyson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Cishek Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to third
            • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond lined out to left
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Lyles Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dyson lined out to center
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino singled to left
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura singled to center, Zunino to second
            • Mike Dunn relieved Jordan Lyles
            • B. Gamel: Foul, Ball, Zunino to third, Segura to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Gamel hit sacrifice fly to center, Zunino scored
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
            • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wolters singled to center
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to right, Wolters to second
            • Steve Cishek relieved James Paxton
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu popped out to second
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Lyles relieved Antonio Senzatela
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager singled to right
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Valencia grounded into double play pitcher to second to shortstop to first, Seager out at second
            • G. Heredia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • T. Story: Story grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dyson walked
            • M. Zunino: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Dyson to second on balk, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dyson to third on wild pitch
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gamel singled to left, Dyson scored, Segura to second
            • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to first, Segura to third, Gamel to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to first
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado popped out to first
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager lined out to center
            • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Valencia flied out to center
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
            • P. Valaika: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
            • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wolters reached on an infield single to third, Wolters to second on 3rd baseman Seager fielding error
            • C. Blackmon: Wolters to third on balk, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to third
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
            • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
            • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cruz singled to center
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Seager singled to right, Cruz to second
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz to third, Seager to second on wild pitch, Valencia doubled to deep right, Cruz and Seager scored
            • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to shortstop, Valencia to third
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino doubled to deep left, Valencia scored
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Segura lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon flied out to left
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)