It was a victorious return to Seattle for James Paxton.
The Ladner lefty worked five innings to improve to 11-6 on the season in the New York Yankees 7-3 win over the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Wednesday afternoon in front of 32,000 fans. He surrendered just one hit — a two-run homer to Kyle Seager in the fourth inning — but did issue five walks and left the game after 86 pitches.
Paxton was pitching for the first time in Seattle since he was traded to the Yankees back in November.
The 30-year-old spent the first six seasons of his Major League career with the Mariners — compiling a 41-26 record and 617 strikeouts. The highlight of that stretch was a no-hitter last year at Toronto.
The Delta Secondary graduate was coming off a superb 11-strikeout performance in a 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 6-0 in August.
He is poised to be pitching in the post-season for the first time in his career. New York owns a MLB best 88-47 record and have an 11-game lead in the American East over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.