Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels

There's no doubt. He's been really, really good.

The Mariners' bullpen spoiled an outstanding start by Erasmo Ramirez, who allowed an unearned run and three hits in six innings.

Former designated hitter Edgar Martinez, right, speaks during a ceremony retiring his No. 11 as former teammates Jamie Moyer, left, Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner and Ken Griffey Jr. look on before a baseball game between the Mariners and Los Angeles Angels Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Seattle.

But the issue in the two games since Paxton's injury has actually been the bullpen. He'll bring a 5.10 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Angels. Their below average starting pitching is going to make a playoff run slightly more hard, but they certainly have the offensive firepower and bullpen depth to make it happen.

And, Albert Pujols hit a two-run double and Andrelton Simmons a sacrifice fly off Tony Zych in the eighth inning, making it 6-3. Lawrence allowed a single to C.J. Cron and a two-run home run to Luis Valbuena, which tied the game at 3-3. "We've got to find a way to finish games". Although Valbuena's average is still at.187, he has hit six of his 12 homers in the month since the All-Star break.

"To here that it was a strain and it was going to be a few weeks was frustrating", Paxton said. But Alonso was thrown out at the plate by a strong relay throw from Simmons. "It's not just this team we've got to beat to make the postseason".

That wasn't the only out on the bases for the Mariners, who saw Jarrod Dyson and Leonys Martin get caught stealing in the sixth inning, the latter being picked off.

With two outs and a runner on third in the fifth inning, Angels second baseman Kaleb Cowart chopped a ball to Alonso.

Back-to-back doubles by Robinson Cano and Cruz to lead off the sixth resulted in another run. Ramirez leapt and the ball bounced off his glove.

James Paxton went on the 10-day disabled list Friday for the second time this season. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager had RBI singles, and Seager made it 3-1 with a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Paxton has been the lone bright spot in the Mariners' rotation this season and entered Thursday's contest with a chance to become the first pitcher in team history to win eight consecutive games.

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