Paxton pitches no-hitter, Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-0
Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.
Paxton, who’s from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf – a national symbol of Canada – as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre.
The 29-year-old lefty nicknamed ”The Big Maple” threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year – all three have come in different countries.
Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton (2-1) was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.
Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, the former Gold Glover made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.
Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts.
After their bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park last month, touched off when Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a pitch, a revved-up crowd of 45,773 showed up in the Bronx. There were no incidents this time.
Neil Walker got the decisive rally started in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit double off Heath Hembree (2-1), who walked the next two batters sandwiched around a balk. Kelly was greeted out of the bullpen with loud boos and a bases-loaded single by Judge.
Hellickson (1-0) struck out eight and kept the Padres off balance four nights after they were no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Mexico.
Hellickson allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and walked none. He also hit an RBI double.
Clayton Richard (1-5) gave three runs in eight innings. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs as Houston beat Sean Manaea and the A’s.
A day earlier, Springer became the first Astros player to get six hits in a nine-inning game. Manaea (4-4) lost in his first start in Oakland since pitching a no-hitter against Boston.
Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth straight start and Ken Giles got his fourth save.
Stephen Piscotty returned to the A’s lineup following the death of his mother late Sunday night. Gretchen Piscotty, who died less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was honored with a moment of silence before the game.
Piscotty caught the first out of the game on Springer’s fly to right and received an extended ovation from the crowd before hitting a single in his first at-bat. Piscotty’s father was in attendance and later congratulated his son while being interviewed on the video board.
The last player younger than the 20-year-old Acuna to go deep in a 1-0 game was the Chicago Cubs‘ Phil Cavarretta against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 25, 1935, according to MLB.com. Cavarretta was 19 years old at the time.
Sean Newcomb (3-1) allowed two singles in six innings and has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta ended a three-game skid and won its sixth consecutive road game, including three consecutive road shutouts.
Four relievers pitched the final three innings for Atlanta, including Arodys Vizcaino, who earned his fifth save.
Acuna’s third homer was a long one off Blake Snell (2-2) in the third.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, DODGERS 5, 12 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) – David Descalso hit a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the 12th inning to lift Arizona to its third straight win.
The NL West leaders won after blowing two- and three-run leads earlier in the game.
The Dodgers stranded three runners in the 10th and two more in the 11th to lose their third in a row.
T.J. McFarland (2-1) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Bundy (1-5) was lifted after allowing five hits and two walks to the only seven batters he faced. The Orioles have lost seven in a row and 19 of 22.
Two walks and a home run by Alex Gordon followed, ending Bundy’s night. It marked the first time in the current era (1908-present) that a pitcher gave up four home runs during an outing in which he did not retire a batter, according to baseball-reference.com.
Moustakas finished with three hits, two homers and five RBIs. Danny Duffy (1-4) allowed one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.
CUBS 4, MARLINS 3
Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami’s Derek Dietrich.
Bryant drew a leadoff walk from Kyle Barraclough (0-2) in the eighth, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder. With the infield playing in, Caratini grounded to second baseman Starlin Castro, who took his time and threw a bit wide and high to the plate, allowing Bryant to easily score.
Dietrich tried to run over Caratini after the ball easily beat him to the plate. The two exchanged words as the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but there appeared to be no punches or shoves. There were no ejections.
Suter connected on the first pitch by Kluber (5-2) in the third for the first homer of his professional career. It was the first home run given up by Kluber to a pitcher in his eight years with the Indians.
Suter (2-2) had an eventful night on the mound, too. The left-hander entered with one out in the first for starter Wade Miley, who left following 19 pitches with a strained right oblique.
Suter allowed five hits, including solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss. Josh Hader fanned three over the last two innings for his fifth save.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Catcher Devin Mesoraco made the short walk between clubhouses shortly before the first pitch as New York dealt for help at its neediest position, and he watched the Mets lose to Cincinnati.
The Mets traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds – he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers – and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch. He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as the Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.
The win capped a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.
Odorizzi (3-2) allowed just two hits and one run, a homer by St. Louis’ Jose Martinez in the first inning. The right-hander combined with three relievers to retire the final 18 batters of the game.
Carlos Martinez (3-2) saw his stretch of six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs end.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 12 in seven stellar innings and Odubel Herrera had two hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games for Philadelphia.
Hector Neris got the last two outs, striking out both batters, for his seventh save in nine chances. Manager Gabe Kapler elected to leave Tommy Hunter in for the first batter in the ninth rather than go to Neris, who blew a save in Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Washington.
Derek Holland (1-4) got the loss.
Corey Dickerson had four hits. The Pirates have dropped five of seven, but they love to plunder the other league, specifically their counterparts in the AL Central. Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 in interleague play this year and 65-44 over the last six seasons, tops in the NL.
Welington Castillo homered twice for the last-place White Sox, who have lost four straight.
Adrian Beltre got three hits for Texas after missing 12 games with a strained hamstring. He is MLB’s active leader in hits with 3,078.
Mike Fiers (3-2), winless with an 8.90 ERA in six previous appearances against Texas, took a shutout into the fifth. Shane Greene struck out the side after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first four-out save of the season and seventh overall in nine chances.
Mike Minor (3-2) took the loss.
Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado’s ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels‘ potent lineup to four hits.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third off starter Andrew Healey (1-2).
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