SEATTLE MARINERS 2 (9-5) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS 1 (10-7)
Monday, April 16, 2018 · Safeco Field
WP: James Paxton (1-1, 4.57) LP: Dallas Keuchel (0-3, 3.52) Save: Edwin Díaz (7)
Manager Scott Servais postgame
James Paxton postgame
Here's a look from Brooks Baseball at Paxton's pitch location ...
From the opposing clubhouse: Astros manager A.J. Hinch
On Dallas Keuchel: He threw great. Really went methodically threw their lineup, getting ground balls and a few missed bats. There was the two-strike homer to Cruz and kind of a weird couple of plays that set up that second run. As how it has been the last couple days, we just have no margin of error. Our starter keeps giving us opportunities and we keep giving it up.
Thoughts on the game: Losing in general sucks. Obviously we don't want to lose the game. There are going to be stretches where starting pitchers and relief pitchers are going to be putting up zeros and we don't hit, and there are going to be times when we are killing the ball. It's a bump in the road, it's part of the game. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how we lose. Losing a winnable game is frustrating. We hit some balls hard too. It wasn't enough. We did have some good at bats, had a couple good defensive plays. But it played out how it played out.
The Mariners have won 5 of their last 6 games and 6 of their last 8.
The Mariners snapped a 6-game losing streak vs. the Astros (9/4/17-17/17)...snapped a 5-game home losing streak against Houston, dating back to June 24, 2017.
The Mariners are now 3-2 in one-run games this season.
James Paxton picked up his first win of the season, allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7 and walking 3 over 6.0 innings pitched.
Nelson Cruz (1×3, R, HR, RBI, BB) has homered in 3 of his 5 games this season.
Edwin Díaz recorded his 7th save (7-for-7)...is the 2nd Mariner in club history to record 7 saves in the club's first 14 games of the season, joining Kazuhiro Sasaki (2001).