Paxton strikes out MLB-high 16, but A's beat Mariners 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) Among his variety of pitches, James Paxton discovered quickly he needed only one. His fastball was so overpowering that even though Oakland Athletics batters knew it was coming, they couldn't catch up.

That fastball led to the finest performance of Paxton's career with a major league-high 16 strikeouts on Wednesday night. And yet it ended up coming in a Seattle loss after the Mariners' bullpen blew a late lead and saw the A's rally for a 3-2 win.

It left the Mariners clubhouse filled with mixed feelings - thrilled about what Paxton did, and frustrated about blowing a game it should have won.

Paxton departed after seven innings with a 2-0 lead, then watched Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning and Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz (0-1). Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season.

''Paxton was just gross today. I haven't faced him in a couple years and just trying to hit that heater was tough,'' Canha said. ''It was kind of like a sigh of relief in the dugout when he finally got out of there, because he was rolling.''

The bullpen collapse muted Paxton's accomplishment. He posted the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. He got 14 A's on swinging strikeouts.

''I probably had the best fastball of my career,'' Paxton said. ''It was jumping.''

The left-handed Paxton was the fourth different pitcher in Mariners history to strike out at least 16 in a game, joining Johnson, Mike Moore and Mark Langston. Johnson struck out 19 twice, 18 once, and 16 twice in his Mariners career, while Moore and Langston reached the mark once.

But none of those other performances were as efficient as Paxton. He threw 80 strikes among his 105 pitches, gave up five hits and walked one. Consider when Johnson struck out 16 in 1997, he threw 155 pitches and he threw 160 in 1992 when he struck out 18.

While it's a different era, it also made the efficiency of Paxton's performance stand out more.

''There were no secrets. They knew what he was going to throw, he knew what he was going to throw and he just overpowered them, which doesn't happen very often in this league,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Seattle went to Nicasio in the eighth and trouble arrived quickly. Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce lined a ground-rule double with one out and three pitches later Lowrie's shot to nearly the same part of the yard had a little more elevation, clipping the top of the fence and bounding over. Canha's homer was his fifth of the season and came on the second pitch of the ninth inning.

Seattle led 2-0 after Ryon Healy's solo homer and Jean Segura's RBI single in the third inning. But Seattle never padded the lead and missed chances with the bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings.

In both innings Seattle benefited by replay, but couldn't capitalize against Blake Treinen. Segura's double and an intentional walk to Robinson Cano loaded the bases in the eighth, but Treinen (2-1) struck out Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger. In the ninth, a replay review deemed Dee Gordon safe with two outs to load the bases but Segura grounded out to end it.

RARITY

Paxton was the first American League pitcher to earn a no-decision after striking out at least 16 in a scoreless outing since Oakland's Vida Blue on July 9, 1971, vs. the California Angels.

OVERSHADOWED

Lost in Paxton's performance was a solid effort by Oakland's Brett Anderson in his first start of the season. Anderson allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, and kept the A's close enough to rally.

''If you keep it close like Brett did, all it takes is a walk and a hit, or a couple of hits in a row and you're back in the game,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

BEST OF APRIL

A's starter Sean Manaea was chosen the AL pitcher of the month and Diaz was picked as the AL reliever of the month for April. Manaea was 4-2 with a 1.03 ERA in the first month of the season and had the lowest opponents' batting average (.134), on-base percentage (.178) and OPS (.400) in the majors. Diaz recorded an AL-high 11 saves in 11 attempts in the month and a 0.63 ERA.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

The A's optioned reliever Emilio Pagan to Triple-A Nashville. Pagan had a 5.93 ERA in 12 appearances and had allowed four home runs. Melvin said the goal for Pagan is to work on his fastball location and throwing his breaking ball when behind in the count.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Manaea (4-2) makes his second start of the season against Seattle. Manaea allowed one run and two hits in seven innings in a win over the Mariners on April 15.

Mariners: Wade LeBlanc (0-0) makes his first start for Seattle. LeBlanc is taking the place of Erasmo Ramirez in the Mariners rotation. Ramirez was placed on the DL earlier this week.

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OAK15-15
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SEA17-12
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  • W: B. Treinen (2-1)L: E. Diaz (0-1)
  • HR: OAK - J. Lowrie (8), M. Canha (5), SEA - R. Healy (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS40100020.276.331.417.7481.0
C. Pinder LF30000031.271.327.521.848-1.5
a- M. Joyce PH-LF11100000.205.359.370.7293.0
J. Lowrie 2B41221001.341.396.6181.0138.0
K. Davis DH40000032.220.306.458.764-1.5
M. Chapman 3B40000020.252.346.495.842-1.0
M. Canha 1B41311010.339.391.6441.0357.5
M. Olson 1B00000000.262.356.388.7440.0
S. Piscotty RF40000032.267.333.366.700-1.5
J. Lucroy C30100110.259.333.333.6672.5
J. Smolinski CF40000014.103.161.207.368-0.5
  • a-doubled for Pinder in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF50200001.342.368.433.8012.0
J. Segura SS50210003.295.323.443.7664.0
R. Cano 2B30000100.291.408.447.8551.0
N. Cruz DH40000043.259.286.556.841-2.0
M. Haniger RF40100023.301.383.6701.0530.0
K. Seager 3B40200000.248.301.425.7262.0
M. Zunino C30000113.175.214.450.6640.5
G. Heredia PR00000000.310.417.552.9680.0
R. Healy 1B41211002.217.234.522.7567.0
A. Romine PR00000000.000.067.000.0670.0
I. Suzuki LF31000112.205.255.205.4601.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Semien (9), M. Joyce (6), J. Lucroy (6)
    • HR - J. Lowrie (8), M. Canha (5)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (30), M. Canha (13)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Segura (10)
    • HR - R. Healy (4)
    • RBI - J. Segura (24), R. Healy (11)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson6.15221412.840.9515.0
    R. Dull0.20000103.180.880.5
    B. Treinen (W, 2-1)2.04002301.291.508.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson6.1
    R. Dull0.2
    B. Treinen (W, 2-1)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton7.050011604.191.3226.0
    J. Nicasio (BS, 1)1.02220014.110.85-1.0
    E. Diaz (L, 0-1)1.01110011.100.73-4.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton7.0
    J. Nicasio (BS, 1)1.0
    E. Diaz (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Treinen (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 80-50, R. Dull 9-6, B. Treinen 37-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-7, B. Treinen 3-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 24, R. Dull 2, B. Treinen 12
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 105-80, J. Nicasio 9-6, E. Diaz 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Diaz 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 27, J. Nicasio 5, E. Diaz 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK15-15
    000000021380
    SEA17-12
    002000000290
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40100020.276.331.417.7481.0
    C. Pinder LF30000031.271.327.521.848-1.5
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF11100000.205.359.370.7293.0
    J. Lowrie 2B41221001.341.396.6181.0138.0
    K. Davis DH40000032.220.306.458.764-1.5
    M. Chapman 3B40000020.252.346.495.842-1.0
    M. Canha 1B41311010.339.391.6441.0357.5
    M. Olson 1B00000000.262.356.388.7440.0
    S. Piscotty RF40000032.267.333.366.700-1.5
    J. Lucroy C30100110.259.333.333.6672.5
    J. Smolinski CF40000014.103.161.207.368-0.5
    Total35383211610-----
    • a-doubled for Pinder in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon CF50200001.342.368.433.8012.0
    J. Segura SS50210003.295.323.443.7664.0
    R. Cano 2B30000100.291.408.447.8551.0
    N. Cruz DH40000043.259.286.556.841-2.0
    M. Haniger RF40100023.301.383.6701.0530.0
    K. Seager 3B40200000.248.301.425.7262.0
    M. Zunino C30000113.175.214.450.6640.5
    G. Heredia PR00000000.310.417.552.9680.0
    R. Healy 1B41211002.217.234.522.7567.0
    A. Romine PR00000000.000.067.000.0670.0
    I. Suzuki LF31000112.205.255.205.4601.5
    Total3529213817-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (9), M. Joyce (6), J. Lucroy (6)
      • HR - J. Lowrie (8), M. Canha (5)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (30), M. Canha (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (10)
      • HR - R. Healy (4)
      • RBI - J. Segura (24), R. Healy (11)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson6.15221412.840.9515.0
      R. Dull0.20000103.180.880.5
      B. Treinen (W, 2-1)2.04002301.291.508.5
      Total9.0922381---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson6.1
      R. Dull0.2
      B. Treinen (W, 2-1)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton7.050011604.191.3226.0
      J. Nicasio (BS, 1)1.02220014.110.85-1.0
      E. Diaz (L, 0-1)1.01110011.100.73-4.0
      Total9.08331162---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton7.0
      J. Nicasio (BS, 1)1.0
      E. Diaz (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Treinen (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 80-50, R. Dull 9-6, B. Treinen 37-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-7, B. Treinen 3-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 24, R. Dull 2, B. Treinen 12
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 105-80, J. Nicasio 9-6, E. Diaz 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Diaz 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 27, J. Nicasio 5, E. Diaz 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Canha homered to left32
      • 8TH INNING
        Lowrie homered to right center, Joyce scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Segura singled to deep left, Suzuki scored, Segura out at second02
        Healy homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Juan Nicasio
        • M. Canha: Ball, Canha homered to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty flied out to shallow right
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to second
        • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smolinski fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Olson at first
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
        • Guillermo Heredia ran for Mike Zunino
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Healy singled to left, Heredia to second
        • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
        • Andrew Romine ran for Ryon Healy
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to second, Heredia to third, Romine to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Juan Nicasio relieved James Paxton
        • M. Semien: Semien flied out to right
        • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Pinder
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce doubled to deep right center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Lowrie homered to right center, Joyce scored
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis flied out to right
        • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Treinen relieved Ryan Dull
        • I. Suzuki: Suzuki grounded out to second
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Segura doubled to deep center, Gordon to third
        • R. Cano: Cano intentionally walked
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Canha singled to left
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked, Canha to second
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smolinski struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to center
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager singled to right, Haniger to second
        • Ryan Dull relieved Brett Anderson
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien doubled to deep left
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie lined out to center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to second
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Canha singled to right
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Foul, Lucroy doubled to deep left, Canha to third
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smolinski flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zunino flied out to deep right
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy grounded out to shortstop
        • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Lowrie flied out to shallow center
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Haniger fouled out to first
        • K. Seager: Seager flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Smolinski flied out to deep left
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Healy homered to left center
        • I. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gordon grounded out to pitcher, Suzuki to second
        • J. Segura: Segura singled to deep left, Suzuki scored, Segura out at second
        • R. Cano: Cano lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman lined out to left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager singled to deep right
        • M. Zunino: Zunino fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie singled to right center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to center
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Segura grounded out to second
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)