Paxton wins 7th straight start, Mariners top Royals 5-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) James Paxton keeps helping the Seattle Mariners get back on track.

Paxton tied a Mariners' record by winning his seventh straight start, and Seattle beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 Friday night to move back over .500.

Paxton (12-3) did not allow a hit until Mike Moustakas' single with one out in the fifth, and Brandon Moss' two-out single ended Paxton's scoreless streak at 21 innings. Paxton gave up two runs and four hits in six innings with one walk, seven strikeouts and a pair of wild pitches.

He is 7-3 in a dozen starts after Mariners' losses.

''That was huge for us to bounce back from that loss yesterday,'' said Jarrod Dyson, who drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

Scott Bankhead won seven straight starts in 1989 and Jamie Moyer in 2003.

''They fouled off a lot more balls and scraped some hits together,'' Paxton said. ''I had a couple of wild pitches there that hurt us. That stuff happens.''

David Phelps, Nick Vincent and Edwin Diaz each followed with a perfect inning as Seattle improved to 13-8 since the All-Star break. Diaz got his 22nd save in 26 chances.

Jason Hammel (5-9) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kansas City fell 3 1/2 games back of AL Central-leading Cleveland.

''I've got to do a better job in the seventh of either making quality pitches or just doing a better job of putting up a goose egg there,'' Hammel said. ''It's very frustrating.''

Danny Valencia drove in Jean Segura with sacrifice flies in the first and eighth innings.

Paxton's wild pitch in the sixth scored Whit Merrifield and gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead. Merrifield doubled and advanced to third on Lorenzo Cain's single.

''An outstanding come-from-behind win,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''Both starters were throwing the ball very well. I didn't think there'd be a lot of runs scored, but we were able to put some pressure on them and mount an inning and put a crooked number up there, which was great. Paxton continues to really dominate when he's out there. I thought the first time through the lineup he was right on everything.

Guillermo Heredia's tying double chased Hamel in a three-run seventh, and Dyson and Leonys Martin hit RBI singles off Ryan Buchter.

CANO'S MILESTONE DOUBLE

Robinson Cano's first-inning double was his 500th.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz was a late scratch with neck and shoulder spasms. ... INF/OF Shawn O'Malley was activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma. O'Malley had an appendectomy in March and an arthroscopic right shoulder procedure in May. He hit .311 with two home runs in 14 minor league rehab games. ... The Mariners sent RHP Christian Bergman outright to Tacoma.

Royals: C Salvador Perez left after feeling discomfort in his side while swinging in the sixth inning and was replaced by Drew Butera. ''He's over getting a MRI, so we'll know tomorrow,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''''It's the right side, but it's a different spot, so it's a little more concerning.''

UP NEXT

RHP Felix Hernandez (5-4), who is 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA in seven games at Kauffman Stadium, starts Saturday for Seattle and LHP Danny Duffy (7-6) for Kansas City. Duffy is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in seven games against the Mariners.

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  • W: J. Paxton (12-3)L: J. Hammel (5-9)S: E. Diaz (22)
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J. Segura SS42200001.318.365.436.8026.0
R. Cano 2B40100011.275.336.471.8071.5
D. Valencia 1B20020000.266.317.418.7352.0
K. Seager 3B31100110.259.331.445.7764.5
G. Heredia DH41110002.276.339.379.7184.0
J. Dyson CF41210000.248.323.358.6815.0
M. Zunino C40000022.219.295.461.756-1.0
L. Martin RF30110011.160.203.240.4433.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B31100100.291.332.473.8054.0
    L. Cain CF40100011.275.343.425.7680.5
    M. Cabrera LF40000013.292.336.430.766-0.5
    E. Hosmer 1B40000013.316.371.489.861-0.5
    S. Perez C30000011.278.308.510.817-0.5
    D. Butera C10000000.250.303.370.6730.0
    M. Moustakas 3B31100000.272.304.547.8512.0
    J. Bonifacio RF30000021.256.325.439.765-1.0
    B. Moss DH30110010.212.290.427.7171.5
    A. Escobar SS30000021.229.251.311.563-1.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Cano (21), G. Heredia (9)
      • 3B - J. Segura
      • SF - D. Valencia 2 (6)
      • RBI - D. Valencia 2 (56), G. Heredia (21), J. Dyson (27), L. Martin (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (24)
      • RBI - B. Moss (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Moss (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Seager (2), J. Dyson (26), L. Martin (5)
      • CS - J. Dyson (6)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Zunino (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 12-3)6.04221702.701.0924.5
      D. Phelps (H, 20)1.00000103.351.303.5
      N. Vincent (H, 19)1.00000001.741.013.0
      E. Diaz (S, 22)1.00000103.091.1410.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 12-3)6.0
      D. Phelps (H, 20)1.0
      N. Vincent (H, 19)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 22)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 5-9)6.16331304.731.387.5
      R. Buchter0.22110203.021.20-2.0
      B. Maurer1.01110105.931.271.5
      N. Feliz1.00000004.811.263.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 5-9)6.1
      R. Buchter0.2
      B. Maurer1.0
      N. Feliz1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Paxton 2 (13)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-67, D. Phelps 16-9, N. Vincent 8-6, E. Diaz 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-4, D. Phelps 1-1, N. Vincent 1-2, E. Diaz 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, D. Phelps 3, N. Vincent 3, E. Diaz 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Hammel (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-53, R. Buchter 18-12, B. Maurer 12-9, N. Feliz 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-10, N. Feliz 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, R. Buchter 4, B. Maurer 4, N. Feliz 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gamel LF40100011.307.357.439.7950.5
      J. Segura SS42200001.318.365.436.8026.0
      R. Cano 2B40100011.275.336.471.8071.5
      D. Valencia 1B20020000.266.317.418.7352.0
      K. Seager 3B31100110.259.331.445.7764.5
      G. Heredia DH41110002.276.339.379.7184.0
      J. Dyson CF41210000.248.323.358.6815.0
      M. Zunino C40000022.219.295.461.756-1.0
      L. Martin RF30110011.160.203.240.4433.5
      Total325950168-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B31100100.291.332.473.8054.0
        L. Cain CF40100011.275.343.425.7680.5
        M. Cabrera LF40000013.292.336.430.766-0.5
        E. Hosmer 1B40000013.316.371.489.861-0.5
        S. Perez C30000011.278.308.510.817-0.5
        D. Butera C10000000.250.303.370.6730.0
        M. Moustakas 3B31100000.272.304.547.8512.0
        J. Bonifacio RF30000021.256.325.439.765-1.0
        B. Moss DH30110010.212.290.427.7171.5
        A. Escobar SS30000021.229.251.311.563-1.0
        Total3124101910-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Cano (21), G. Heredia (9)
          • 3B - J. Segura
          • SF - D. Valencia 2 (6)
          • RBI - D. Valencia 2 (56), G. Heredia (21), J. Dyson (27), L. Martin (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Martin (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (24)
          • RBI - B. Moss (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - B. Moss (11)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Seager (2), J. Dyson (26), L. Martin (5)
          • CS - J. Dyson (6)
          FIELDING
          • PB - M. Zunino (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 12-3)6.04221702.701.0924.5
          D. Phelps (H, 20)1.00000103.351.303.5
          N. Vincent (H, 19)1.00000001.741.013.0
          E. Diaz (S, 22)1.00000103.091.1410.5
          Total9.0422190---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 12-3)6.0
          D. Phelps (H, 20)1.0
          N. Vincent (H, 19)1.0
          E. Diaz (S, 22)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 5-9)6.16331304.731.387.5
          R. Buchter0.22110203.021.20-2.0
          B. Maurer1.01110105.931.271.5
          N. Feliz1.00000004.811.263.0
          Total9.0955160---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 5-9)6.1
          R. Buchter0.2
          B. Maurer1.0
          N. Feliz1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Paxton 2 (13)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-67, D. Phelps 16-9, N. Vincent 8-6, E. Diaz 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-4, D. Phelps 1-1, N. Vincent 1-2, E. Diaz 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, D. Phelps 3, N. Vincent 3, E. Diaz 3
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Hammel (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-53, R. Buchter 18-12, B. Maurer 12-9, N. Feliz 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-10, N. Feliz 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, R. Buchter 4, B. Maurer 4, N. Feliz 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Valencia hit sacrifice fly to right, Segura scored52
          • 7TH INNING
            Martin singled to right, Dyson scored42
            Dyson singled to center, Heredia scored32
            Heredia doubled to left, Seager scored22
          • 6TH INNING
            Merrifield scored, Cain to third on wild pitch12
          • 5TH INNING
            Moss singled to left, Moustakas scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Valencia hit sacrifice fly to right, Segura scored, Cano to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Neftali Feliz relieved Brandon Maurer
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia flied out to center
            • J. Dyson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dyson grounded out to first
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Edwin Diaz relieved Nick Vincent
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to second
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Butera grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Ryan Buchter
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura tripled to deep right center
            • R. Cano: Cano fouled out to third
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to right, Segura scored
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Vincent relieved David Phelps
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield fouled out to first
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cain lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Drew Butera catching
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia flied out to center
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager singled to shallow center
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager stole second, Heredia doubled to left, Seager scored
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Jason Hammel
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Dyson singled to center, Heredia scored
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Dyson stole second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin singled to right, Dyson scored
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Martin stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David Phelps relieved James Paxton
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas lined out to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
            • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moss grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to shallow left
            • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Segura lined into double play shortstop to first, Gamel out at first
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Cano grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to shallow left
            • L. Cain: Cain singled to shallow right, Merrifield to third
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cain to second on passed ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield scored, Cain to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
            • M. Zunino: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez lined out to first
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas singled to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Foul, Bonifacio grounded out to second, Moustakas to third
            • B. Moss: Moss singled to left, Moustakas scored
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valencia fouled out to first
            • K. Seager: Seager flied out to center
            • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cain lined out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera lined out to center
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel grounded out to third
            • J. Segura: Foul, Strike swinging, Segura popped out to first
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dyson singled to center
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Zunino fouled out to first
            • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • B. Gamel: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Dyson caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel lined out to left
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to third
            • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cano doubled to deep right, Segura to third
            • D. Valencia: Ball, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to right, Segura scored, Cano to third
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager intentionally walked
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to first
            • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)