LHP James Paxton was a lot better the second time around, but it wasn’t enough on a night when Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer was even better against Seattle bats. The Mariners managed five hits in a 3-1 loss to the Central Division-leading Indians (box), Seattle’s fourth loss in a row and the Indians’ (32-24) sixth consecutive win. The Mariners fell four games behind Texas in the AL West standings.
With the Mariners clinging to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Seattle nearly turned in a huge out at home plate that would have made the game look different.
Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez doubled into the left-field corner with Carlos Santana on first. LF Seth Smith’s relay throw to SS Ketel Marte looked as if it were going to lead to a memorable play at the plate. Marte fired a near-perfect strike to C Chris Iannetta ahead of Santana’s arrival, but Iannetta failed to catch the ball. Santana’s run tied the game and Ramirez moved to third on the error, scoring the go-ahead run on a sac fly.
Paxton (6 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) was much more effective that his eight-run first outing last week But it was his second loss in as many starts since being promoted from Triple-A.
Two-time minor league pitcher of the year Edwin Diaz made a memorable rookie debut with a perfect seventh inning.
CF Norichika Aoki had the game’s lone RBI with a third-inning single. SS Ketel Marte returned from the DL and had a hit, scoring the only run.
“I was really excited to see the steps Paxton made tonight. That’s the real James Paxton. He needs to step up, and he certainly answered the bell tonight.” — Mariners manager Scott Servais
“We probably caught a break when it looked like Santana might be out at the plate. That’s what happens when you’re aggressive and at least you have a chance.” — Indians manager Terry Francona
The game was the first in MLB since Oct. 3 in which each team’s starting pitcher went at least six innings and allowed one or fewer earned runs while striking out at least 10 and walking one or fewer batters. In the previous game, Washington’s Max Scherzer no-hit the Mets with 17 strikeouts while Matt Harvey held the Nationals to one run over six innings . . . . Marte came off the 15-day disabled list before the game. To make room, the Mariners sent OF Stefen Romero back to Triple-A Tacoma. … The Indians announced RHP Danny Salazar would skip his Wednesday start because of shoulder soreness. RHP Carlos Carrasco, scheduled to start Tuesday, will move back a day to pitch Wednesday. RHP
Cody Anderson is expected to be recalled from Triple-A to make Tuesday’s start.
LHP Wade Miley gets a chance to atone for his worst outing of the season in the series’ second game Tuesday night. The Indians will send Anderson (1-3, 6.81 ERA) to the mound. Miley (5-2, 5.85 ERA) was lit up for nine runs off 12 hits his last time out. Thanks to Seattle’s amazing, 16-13 comeback win, Miley still hasn’t been on the losing end of a decision since April 19.