Paxton, Gamel power Mariners to 4-1 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Not many pitchers have been able to slow down the Houston Astros this season.

James Paxton has done it repeatedly.

Paxton had another strong start against Houston and rookie Ben Gamel powered the offense with a two-run homer to give the Seattle Mariners a 4-1 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

''Paxton was outstanding today,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''It's exactly what the doctor ordered. He was on top of his game.''

Paxton (9-3) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings, after not allowing a run in his previous two starts against Houston this season. It's the fourth straight win for Paxton, who struck out seven.

''He's really good,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''His arm strength is at the top end of left-handed starters in the league ... a lot of the story today is just about how good he was. We couldn't quite break out and have a big inning against him.''

Wednesday's performance improved Paxton to 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the AL West-leading Astros this year.

''This was a big series for us and a big road trip, we went five out of six,'' Paxton said. ''That's awesome coming out of the break so we've just got to keep it going here and keep ourselves in this race.''

Houston starter Charlie Morton (7-4) retired the first nine batters and the Astros led 1-0 before Jean Segura led off the fourth with a single. Gamel's first homer since June 23 came next to put Seattle up 2-1.

Segura had two hits and Robinson Cano and Mike Zunino drove in a run apiece for the Mariners, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.

The Astros had a chance to cut into the lead in the eighth when they had runners at first and third with one out. But Nick Vincent struck out Evan Gattis before Marc Rzepczynski fanned Carlos Beltran to end the inning.

Morton allowed six hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings for his first loss since coming off the disabled list on July 7.

Guillermo Heredia doubled to start the sixth before Segura reached on an infield single. Then an error by first baseman Yuli Gurriel allowed Gamel to reach and load the bases with no outs.

The Mariners pushed the lead to 3-1 when Heredia scored on a groundout by Cano that left Gamel out at second. Morton was able to limit the damage when Nelson Cruz grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Zunino's RBI double with two outs in the seventh pushed the lead to 4-1 and chased Morton.

Alex Bregman singled with no outs in the third, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third base. Houston took a 1-0 lead when he scored on a sacrifice fly by George Springer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger was out for the fourth straight game after injuring his right index finger on Saturday night. Servais had initially said that Haniger would play on Wednesday, but decided to give him an extra day to recover.

Astros: All-Star SS Carlos Correa announced in an Instagram post from his hospital bed that he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Wednesday. Correa is expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks recovering from the injury he suffered on a swing Monday night. ... Ace Dallas Keuchel, who hasn't pitched since June 2 because of a pinched nerve in his neck, will make his second rehabilitation start on Saturday, but the Astros haven't decided where it will be yet.

THEY SAID IT

Servais on Seattle's 5-1 road trip: ''We talked about some things out of the break where we needed to get to and how we were going to get there and the guys have responded.''

DIG IT UP

Two days after the Astros held a fake funeral to bury Beltran's glove because he hadn't played in the field in two months, he was in the lineup in left field. The 40-year-old has played in 78 games this season, but Wednesday was just the 10th time he didn't serve as the team's designated hitter and the first since May 16 in Miami.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (5-3, 4.20 ERA) will start for Seattle in the opener of a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday. Hernandez allowed six hits and three runs in five innings of a 4-3 win over the White Sox in his previous start.

Astros: Houston is off on Thursday before opening a three-game series at Baltimore on Friday with Mike Fiers (6-4, 3.75 ERA) on the mound. He allowed four hits and two runs while striking out a season-high 11 in seven innings of a 5-3 win over Minnesota in his previous start.

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  • W: J. Paxton (9-3)L: C. Morton (7-4)S: E. Diaz (18)
  • HR: SEA - B. Gamel (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS41200000.346.385.475.8605.0
B. Gamel RF41121012.319.373.444.8186.5
R. Cano 2B30010102.266.330.467.7972.0
N. Cruz DH40000023.284.368.525.893-1.0
K. Seager 3B40000010.253.319.428.747-0.5
D. Valencia 1B41100020.270.330.434.7641.0
J. Dyson CF40000011.243.324.366.690-0.5
M. Zunino C30110020.234.297.472.7702.0
G. Heredia LF31100011.269.331.357.6872.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF30210000.307.384.597.9813.0
    J. Altuve 2B40200011.353.420.556.9760.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B30000102.292.320.479.8001.0
    E. Gattis DH40100023.284.344.510.8530.0
    C. Beltran LF40000035.230.287.410.697-1.5
    M. Gonzalez SS40100011.309.389.573.9621.5
    B. McCann C40000001.249.326.428.7540.0
    A. Bregman 3B31200100.262.347.417.7646.0
    J. Marisnick CF20000021.255.331.524.855-1.0
    a- J. Reddick PH10000011.305.353.498.852-0.5
    • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Zunino (13), G. Heredia (5)
    • HR - B. Gamel (5)
    • RBI - B. Gamel 2 (32), R. Cano (64), M. Zunino (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (26)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (14)
    • SF - G. Springer (3)
    • SH - J. Marisnick
    • RBI - G. Springer (66)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Segura (12)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Bregman (9)
    • CS - J. Altuve (5)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (3)
    • E - J. Segura (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - Y. Gurriel, A. Bregman, J. Altuve
    • E - Y. Gurriel (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (W, 9-3)7.06111703.051.1426.5
    N. Vincent (H, 15)0.22000102.041.08-1.5
    M. Rzepczynski (H, 10)0.10000103.061.420.5
    E. Diaz (S, 18)1.00001103.101.169.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (W, 9-3)7.0
    N. Vincent (H, 15)0.2
    M. Rzepczynski (H, 10)0.1
    E. Diaz (S, 18)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton (L, 7-4)6.26440514.181.315.5
    F. Martes2.10001504.451.277.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton (L, 7-4)6.2
    F. Martes2.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 108-79, N. Vincent 12-10, M. Rzepczynski 4-3, E. Diaz 20-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-8, N. Vincent 1-0, E. Diaz 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 27, N. Vincent 4, M. Rzepczynski, E. Diaz 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 102-66, F. Martes 40-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 10-5, F. Martes 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, F. Martes 8
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AstrosHOU63-32
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS41200000.346.385.475.8605.0
    B. Gamel RF41121012.319.373.444.8186.5
    R. Cano 2B30010102.266.330.467.7972.0
    N. Cruz DH40000023.284.368.525.893-1.0
    K. Seager 3B40000010.253.319.428.747-0.5
    D. Valencia 1B41100020.270.330.434.7641.0
    J. Dyson CF40000011.243.324.366.690-0.5
    M. Zunino C30110020.234.297.472.7702.0
    G. Heredia LF31100011.269.331.357.6872.5
    Total3346411109-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF30210000.307.384.597.9813.0
      J. Altuve 2B40200011.353.420.556.9760.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B30000102.292.320.479.8001.0
      E. Gattis DH40100023.284.344.510.8530.0
      C. Beltran LF40000035.230.287.410.697-1.5
      M. Gonzalez SS40100011.309.389.573.9621.5
      B. McCann C40000001.249.326.428.7540.0
      A. Bregman 3B31200100.262.347.417.7646.0
      J. Marisnick CF20000021.255.331.524.855-1.0
      a- J. Reddick PH10000011.305.353.498.852-0.5
      Total32181021015-----
      • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Zunino (13), G. Heredia (5)
      • HR - B. Gamel (5)
      • RBI - B. Gamel 2 (32), R. Cano (64), M. Zunino (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Zunino (26)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (14)
      • SF - G. Springer (3)
      • SH - J. Marisnick
      • RBI - G. Springer (66)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Segura (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Bregman (9)
      • CS - J. Altuve (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (3)
      • E - J. Segura (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Gurriel, A. Bregman, J. Altuve
      • E - Y. Gurriel (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 9-3)7.06111703.051.1426.5
      N. Vincent (H, 15)0.22000102.041.08-1.5
      M. Rzepczynski (H, 10)0.10000103.061.420.5
      E. Diaz (S, 18)1.00001103.101.169.5
      Total9.08112100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 9-3)7.0
      N. Vincent (H, 15)0.2
      M. Rzepczynski (H, 10)0.1
      E. Diaz (S, 18)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton (L, 7-4)6.26440514.181.315.5
      F. Martes2.10001504.451.277.5
      Total9.06441101---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton (L, 7-4)6.2
      F. Martes2.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 108-79, N. Vincent 12-10, M. Rzepczynski 4-3, E. Diaz 20-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-8, N. Vincent 1-0, E. Diaz 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 27, N. Vincent 4, M. Rzepczynski, E. Diaz 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 102-66, F. Martes 40-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 10-5, F. Martes 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 26, F. Martes 8
      • 7TH INNING
        Zunino doubled to deep left, Valencia scored41
      • 6TH INNING
        Cano reached on fielder's choice to second, Heredia scored, Segura to third, Gamel out at second31
      • 4TH INNING
        Gamel homered to right, Segura scored21
      • 3RD INNING
        Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • F. Martes Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Seager flied out to deep left
        • D. Valencia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Dyson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Marc Rzepczynski
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to first
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • F. Martes Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Gamel: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano walked
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Vincent relieved James Paxton
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to deep left, Springer out at third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error, Altuve to third
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Nick Vincent
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Valencia reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dyson grounded out to shortstop, Valencia to second
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino doubled to deep left, Valencia scored
        • Francis Martes relieved Charlie Morton
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann popped out to third
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Bregman singled to center
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia doubled to deep right center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Segura reached on an infield single to second, Heredia to third
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Segura stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gamel safe at first on 1st baseman Gurriel fielding error
        • R. Cano: Foul, Cano reached on fielder's choice to second, Heredia scored, Segura to third, Gamel out at second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Cruz grounded into double play third to second to first, Cano out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to right
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Altuve flied out to shallow center
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to center
        • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gattis singled to left, Springer to second
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • D. Valencia: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dyson grounded out to second
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Marisnick: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura singled to left center
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Gamel homered to right, Segura scored
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager popped out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • C. Beltran: Beltran lined out to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heredia popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to right
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bregman to second
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman stole third, Springer hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Altuve caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz grounded out to second
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
        • D. Valencia: Strike (foul tip), Valencia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Foul, Gattis grounded out to third
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to deep right
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura lined out to left
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gamel flied out to deep left
        • R. Cano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cano flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Springer lined out to center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)