Mariners return in style
The post-All-Star Game season began with the Seattle Mariners looking a bit like All-Stars.
Seattle defeated the host Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Friday.
James Paxton (8-3) delivered six innings and gave up two runs as the starter, and three relievers finished the job, with Edwin Diaz working a perfect ninth inning for his 14th save.
Robinson Cano — whose homer won the All-Star Game for the American League — hit a two-run home run in a three-run third for the M's, whose outburst gave them a 3-1 lead. It was his 18th HR this season.
Chicago got to within 3-2 in the fourth, but Seattle came back with a run in the fifth on a wild pitch.
The Mariners had 10 hits to five by the White Sox.
Cano was 2 for 4, and leadoff man Jean Segura was 2 for 5 (his 28th multi-hit game of the year) and scored twice before 20,311 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Diaz struck out the final two batters, as Seattle's mound men totaled a season-high 15 K's.
Paxton (3.19 ERA) had nine strikeouts and no walks and allowed five hits.
Seattle improved to 44-47, while Chicago fell to 38-50.
The three-game series continues at 4 p.m. PT Saturday with Felix Hernandez (4-3, 4.44) getting the ball for the Mariners and Mike Pelfrey (3-7, 4.83) going for Chicago.