Mariners activate Paxton to start vs. Astros

Mariners activate Paxton to start vs. Astros”

The team really needed a win over the Astros in Game 1 of the series.

But on Friday, with the inevitable in clear view, the Astros (89-58) began to consider and embrace the fruits of their labor.

Four batters into the bottom of the first the Astros had scored twice as many runs against Paxton as they did in their three previous starts against him this season.

Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece to help Houston beat James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Friday night, dropping its magic number to two.

"That was a good day for him", Houston manager A.J. Hinch said of Gattis.

"It's hard doing what we're doing". We have an opportunity here. The Seattle Mariners have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. "We win three times no one can do anything to us". Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he is 12-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 106 strikeouts this season.

The Mariners are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 1-4 in Ramirezs last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 2-5 in Ramirezs last 7 starts. Erasmo Ramirez gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 4.25 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. He will make his ninth career appearance against Houston, including his sixth start. He is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in his career against the Astros, 3-1 with a 3.07 ERA as a starter.

James Paxton is set to return from the disabled list to start the opener of Seattle's series at Houston.

Seattle has struggled against suboptimal health among its pitchers all season. Before making his first appearance since August 10, Paxton had surrendered just one earned run over 20 innings against Houston this season.

Did the front office of the Mariners do enough this season?

With Hernandez and Paxton sidelined the Mariners leaned on Andrew Albers, Marco Gonzalez and Andrew Moore. The left-hander will look to get back on track after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 10-2 loss to Oakland in his last start.

"We're excited. We can't wait for that", Correa said. "We certainly have a bit more numbers than we've had in the past, options in the starting rotation. It's hard to fix something like that in a game and also get guys out". "We put pressure on him from the very beginning". "We've got some other options".

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