Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton entered Wednesday game with 13 scoreless innings against the Houston Astros in two previous starts. He finished his third start with one earned over 20 innings.
To break that down, Paxton allowed one run over seven innings in a 4-1 win.
While Astros starter Charlie Morton was serviceable, giving up four runs over 6 2⁄3 innings. But that doesn’t get it done when the team scored one run.
The Astros actually scored first in the game with a George Springer sacrifice fly. The comes after Alex Bregman led off with a single, moved to second a sacrifice bunt from Jake Marnsick, and Bregman stole third base.
Ben Gamel put the M’s up 2-1 in the fourth with a two-run home run.
Two errors by Yuli Gurriel loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but Morton only allowed just one run.
Mike Zunino doubled home a run in the seventh inning to put the final nail in the coffin.
The Astros last chance came in the eighth, the first three batters reached. But Springer was thrown out trying to take third base on a Jose Altuve single.