Paxton Starts Strong, Mariners Top Rays 6-2 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Paxton Starts Strong, Mariners Top Rays 6-2

Posted: Updated:

SEATTLE (AP) - James Paxton threw six strong innings allowing just one earned run in his major league debut, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit solo homers and the Seattle Mariners continued Tampa Bay on their West Coast slide with a 6-2 win over the Rays on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay lost for the seventh time in nine games on its swing through Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles and saw its lead in the AL Wild Card race reduced to one game after both Cleveland and Baltimore won on Saturday. The Rays have spent 61 straight days in position for a postseason berth, but if they can't avoid a sweep by the Mariners on Sunday, that run might finally end.

Paxton (1-0) became the latest Seattle prospect to make a successful debut, joining Taijuan Walker.

  • Pro SportsProMore>>

  • Shock Talk: Andy Olson Before The Playoffs

    Shock Talk: Andy Olson Before The Playoffs

     Spokane Shock head coach Andy Olson joined SWX's Sam Adams in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a special playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, July 30.>>
     Spokane Shock head coach Andy Olson joined SWX's Sam Adams in the Fasteners Sports Studio for a special playoff edition of Shock Talk powered by VPI Home Solutions on Wednesday, July 30.>>
  • Shock To Face San Jose In First Round Of Playoffs

    Shock To Face San Jose In First Round Of Playoffs

    The Spokane Shock (11-7) open their playoff run on the road against the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT in the SAP Center. The game can be viewed online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app.>>
    The Spokane Shock (11-7) open their playoff run on the road against the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. PDT in the SAP Center. The game can be viewed online at WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app.>>
  • Volcanoes Edge Past Tri-City

    Volcanoes Edge Past Tri-City

    The Tri-City Dust Devils scored five runs in the second inning, but the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes used a four-run rally in the ninth to take an 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Gesa Stadium.>>
    The Tri-City Dust Devils scored five runs in the second inning, but the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes used a four-run rally in the ninth to take an 8-7 victory Wednesday night at Gesa Stadium.
    >>