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Return of James Paxton provides a boost as Mariners win 4th straight

May 31st, 2017 at 10:01 PM
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Mariners manager Scott Servais had but modest ambitions for James Paxton, making his first start in nearly a month.

“My expectations are very tempered by the fact that I don’t expect him to go out there and shut somebody out, give up two hits and punch out eight or 10,” Servais said before the game.

OK, those were the expectations.

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But these were the results: three hits, six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in the Mariners’ 5-0 win Wednesday against the Rockies.

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“Played that out perfectly, didn’t I?” Servais joked.

That’s four straight wins for the Mariners, including three straight against the first-place Rockies, but the night belonged to Paxton.

It did from the moment the Mariners announced him as the starter.

The Mariners are in desperate need of starting pitching. Injuries have softened their rotation, leaving journeymen and call ups to fill in, and before his injury, Paxton was pitching like the staff ace.

For that very reason, Paxton is as important as anyone in determining what kind of season the Mariners have. Servais said as much after …

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