Mariners beat Royals 1-0 for 7th straight victory

SEATTLE (AP) Not only was it Canada Day with ''The Big Maple'', Canadian James Paxton on the mound for the Mariners' 1-0 victory over the Royals, it also was Paxton Bobblehead Day at Safeco Field.

This bobblehead included a bald eagle on his shoulder, a crazy moment that actually happened while working out in the outfield before a game this season in Minnesota. The video went viral.

Paxton allowed only two hits and struck out 11 in eight innings to lead the Mariners to their season-best seventh consecutive victory.

''Paxton enjoyed the moment,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''It was National Pax Day. A holiday in Canada, the bobblehead and the fans were really into it.''

Paxton (8-2) had plenty of family and friends at the game from his hometown of Ladner, British Columbia.

''It was cool to pitch on Canada Day and have the bobblehead,'' Paxton said. ''It felt good today. The fastball, curveball and cutter all were working.''

Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save. The Mariners are 26-11 in one-run games this season and 22-0 when Diaz enters the game with a one-run lead.

''As far as being valuable to our team, he has to be the top of the list,'' Servais said about Diaz. ''He isn't just getting it done, it's also the efficiency of how he's getting it done. When his timing is right, he's really tough to hit.''

Kansas City rookie Brad Keller (2-3) also was tough to hit. He allowed six hits in eight innings. The only extra-base hit he allowed was a double by Kyle Seager in the seventh inning.

''He's doing everything you want a starting pitcher to do,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Complete game. He was fantastic. He's out there attacking with his fastball, slider, throwing strikes and really commanding his pitch count.''

It was the first complete game of Keller's career.

''After the game a few guys came up and said congratulations,'' Keller said. ''I've never had one before and it's pretty cool, but it's frustrating (taking the loss). That's tough lineup. A lot of good hitters over there. I tried to stay on the attack and not fall behind too much.''

The only run came in the second inning. Ben Gamel dropped a broken-bat single into shallow center to score Seager from second base. Seager singled to right before Ryon Healy singled to center.

That's all Paxton needed, recording double-figure strikeouts for the seventh time this season. On his 110th pitch, his last of the game to close out the top of the eighth, his fastball was clocked at 99 mph.

''Late in the game he just dialed it up,'' Servais said. ''Pax emptied the tank and let it rip. He had an overpowering fastball at the end. It's pretty rare. There are only five to 10 guys in baseball who can do that and we're lucky to have one of them.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy, who experienced tightness on his left side during his start Friday, had his normal throwing day in the bullpen Sunday, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost did not say whether Kennedy would make his next scheduled start. Yost said RF Jorge Soler (fractured toe and placed in the 10-day DL June 17) is still on a six-weeks-or-so recovery, so it's likely another four weeks before he would return.

Mariners: Manager Scott Servais said they will monitor RHP Felix Hernandez and his back stiffness over the next few days. Hernandez pitched five innings Saturday night and earned the victory (three runs and six hits) but struggled with back pain and wasn't able to sit down in the dugout between innings. ''We'll keep an eye on it,'' Servais said. ''We have the off day (Monday) so he'll get an extra-day off between starts.'' ... Servais said he was hopeful RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, who underwent shoulder surgery last September, would be back by now, but Iwakuma's throwing was shut down again last week. ''He's frustrated by that,'' Servais said. ''The doctors still are optimistic he'll get back (this season) but I don't have any timetable for it.''

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-9, 4.67) will make his 17th starts of the season Monday when the Royals return home to start a three-game series with Cleveland. Junis has allowed a major league-high 22 home runs over 96.1 innings.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 3.38) will make his 12th starts of the season Tuesday when Seattle starts a three-game series at home against the Angels. LeBlanc hasn't lost a decision in his 11 starts and the Mariners are 8-3 in those games.

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  • W: J. Paxton (8-2)L: B. Keller (2-3)S: E. Diaz (32)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Herrera CF40000011.222.231.333.564-0.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000021.258.313.471.784-1.0
S. Perez DH40100020.212.253.388.6411.0
J. Bonifacio RF20000110.222.300.222.5220.5
H. Dozier 1B30000032.216.278.353.631-1.5
A. Gordon LF30000022.249.330.343.673-1.0
A. Escobar SS30000012.193.245.272.518-0.5
D. Butera C20000110.147.234.221.4550.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B40100000.280.302.344.6461.0
    J. Segura SS40100001.335.363.474.8371.0
    M. Haniger RF30000011.272.355.497.852-0.5
    N. Cruz DH30000000.273.356.562.9170.0
    K. Seager 3B31200010.232.284.434.7183.5
    R. Healy 1B30100011.252.284.469.7530.5
    B. Gamel LF30110001.300.371.413.7832.0
    M. Zunino C30000002.188.248.406.6540.0
    G. Heredia CF30000000.230.330.316.6460.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Seager (21)
      • RBI - B. Gamel (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 2-3)8.06110302.091.1616.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 2-3)8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 8-2)8.020021103.391.0735.5
      E. Diaz (S, 32)1.00000302.450.8611.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 8-2)8.0
      E. Diaz (S, 32)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 102-64
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-7
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 110-79, E. Diaz 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-6
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 28, E. Diaz 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      R. Herrera CF40000011.222.231.333.564-0.5
      M. Moustakas 3B40000021.258.313.471.784-1.0
      S. Perez DH40100020.212.253.388.6411.0
      J. Bonifacio RF20000110.222.300.222.5220.5
      H. Dozier 1B30000032.216.278.353.631-1.5
      A. Gordon LF30000022.249.330.343.673-1.0
      A. Escobar SS30000012.193.245.272.518-0.5
      D. Butera C20000110.147.234.221.4550.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Gordon 2B40100000.280.302.344.6461.0
        J. Segura SS40100001.335.363.474.8371.0
        M. Haniger RF30000011.272.355.497.852-0.5
        N. Cruz DH30000000.273.356.562.9170.0
        K. Seager 3B31200010.232.284.434.7183.5
        R. Healy 1B30100011.252.284.469.7530.5
        B. Gamel LF30110001.300.371.413.7832.0
        M. Zunino C30000002.188.248.406.6540.0
        G. Heredia CF30000000.230.330.316.6460.0
        Total291610036-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Perez (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Seager (21)
          • RBI - B. Gamel (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moustakas-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 2-3)8.06110302.091.1616.5
          Total8.0611030---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 2-3)8.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton (W, 8-2)8.020021103.391.0735.5
          E. Diaz (S, 32)1.00000302.450.8611.5
          Total9.02002140---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton (W, 8-2)8.0
          E. Diaz (S, 32)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 102-64
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-7
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 110-79, E. Diaz 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 7-6
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 28, E. Diaz 3
          • 2ND INNING
            Gamel singled to center, Seager scored, Healy to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Edwin Diaz relieved James Paxton
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar lined out to center
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Merrifield flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to right
            • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to right
            • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Segura grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Cruz grounded out to third
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager doubled to right
            • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Healy grounded out to shortstop, Seager to third
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas popped out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded bunt out to third
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to third
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Butera out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel lined out to left
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino fouled out to third
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Butera grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to right center
            • R. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Herrera flied out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia lined out to center
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura singled to right
            • M. Haniger: Haniger grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez doubled to left
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Dozier struck out on foul tip
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz lined out to right
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager singled to right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Healy singled to left center, Seager to second
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to center, Seager scored, Healy to second
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Zunino grounded into double play third to first, Healy out at third, Gamel to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Herrera grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)