SEATTLE (AP) - James Paxton extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 21 innings, Taylor Motter hit a three-run homer and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Saturday night.
Paxton (2-0) threw eight innings of two-hit ball, walking one and striking out nine. He hasn't allowed a run yet in three starts this year, and his scoreless stretch is a team record. He's the 10th pitcher in the majors ever to open a season with three scoreless starts of at least six innings.
The big lefty was straight filthy tonight.— Mariners (@Mariners) April 16, 2017
Paxton's line: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 9 K. pic.twitter.com/U1mQBKf1wA
Kyle Seager added a two-run single as part of a five-run sixth inning for Seattle, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Andrew Cashner (0-1) lost in his first start since signing with Texas as a free agent.