Mariners Hand Astros Fifth Straight Loss


James Paxton and a pair of relievers combined to pitch a shut out as the Mariners blanked the Astros 2-0 at Safeco Field.  Paxton struck out eight across seven innings of  scoreless ball to pick up the win.  Nelson Cruz drove in both runs with a  double in the sixth and Edwin Diaz locked down his 40th.  Seattle  improved to 63-and-43.  Gerrit Cole surrendered four hits and two runs  across six-and-two-thirds to take the loss.  The Astros have dropped five in-a-row.

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