James Paxton Stymies Boston In Mariners' 4-0 Victory

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

The typically boisterous Red Sox crowd that accompanies every visit by Boston to Safeco Field desperately wanted something to cheer about Monday night.

Mariners starter James Paxton stymied the Red Sox, only allowing four hits over seven innings of work in Seattle's 4-0 victory in the series opener. He struck out six and walked two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.

But for a night, Paxton also quieted those fears as Seattle improved to 50-51. Boston only has scored two runs in its last 25 innings.

ON THE BUMP- After a fairly smooth first inning, Rodriguez ran into some trouble in the second.

Kyle Seager started the scoring for the Mariners in the second inning with a 415-foot blast to straightaway center field.

Kyle Seager hit a solo home run, his 14th overall for the season, and Ben Gamel had two hits and scored twice. Jean Segura followed two batters later, breaking an 0-for-15 slump with an RBI double to give James Paxton an ample cushion.

In the fourth, Rodriguez gave up a leadoff single.

Paxton (10-3) retired the first 13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to center with one out in the fifth.

Behind E-Rod the Red Sox used Brandon Workman and Doug Fister, both had no hit stuff out of the bullpen not allowing a hit. The 28-year-old Kentucky product has rebounded nicely from a rough five-outing stretch during which he went 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA, posting a 2.05 mark and 28 strikeouts during his winning streak.

Nick Vincent and David Phelps each pitched a flawless inning to finish.

Hanley Ramirez and Bradley opened the sixth with back-to-back singles.

Boston, which holds a three-game lead in the American League East despite losing three of four, has watched its third basemen - led by the likes of Deven Marrero, Josh Rutledge and the recently released Pablo Sandoval - post a combined.228 batting average this season.

The Red Sox threatened again in the sixth when Mariners first baseman Danny Valencia had to range far to his right to snare a grounder from Brock Holt and while turning awkwardly to throw across his body tossed the ball far over the head of the covering Paxton.

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