Mike Trout provided the capper to a miserable night for the Seattle Mariners.
Trout looped a three-run double just inside the left-field line with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the Mariners with a 6-3 victory on Thursday night.
Trout’s bases-clearing hit off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz (2-5) came after the Mariners staged a three-run rally of their own in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-all. And it all seemed secondary for the Mariners compared to the concern over the health of lefty James Paxton, who left in the seventh inning with a strained pectoral muscle.
Paxton is hopeful it’s a minor injury, but will have an MRI on Friday that should provide the Mariners more clarity how long they could be without their ace in the middle of the playoff chase.
“It hurts. He’s been our guy. He’s been awesome. He really has,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Don’t want to get too far ahead of it but fingers crossed…
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