Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts was a late scratch from the starting lineup with what manager John Farrell called "flu-like stuff.". The Red Sox likely will start 20-year-old Rafael Devers on Monday, when the team's top prospect is expected to make his major-league debut on the road in the opener of a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
Paxton allowed only four hits - all singles - while striking out 10 and walking none as the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 4-0 at Safeco Field.
Paxton, who was given a quick 3-0 lead in the second, retired the first 13 Boston batters before Jackie Bradley Jr. fisted a bloop single into shallow center field, finally giving the Red Sox contingent a reason to get excited.
The Red Sox put two runners on against Paxton in each of the next two innings. But he struck out Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia to keep the shutout intact. Bradley was jammed by an inside pitch and muscled a single into center field.
Paxton is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the New York Mets with a chance to become the first Mariner to win six games in a month. But Paxton got the All-Star second baseman to swing wildly at a ball in the dirt for strike three to end the inning.
The game also continued Paxton's mastery of the Red Sox.
Danny Valencia had an RBI double in the fourth inning. Rodriguez was masterful in throwing six scoreless innings versus the Mariners on May 26, however, to improve to 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts against them. Danny Valencia followed with a double off the wall in right to score Gamel and Segura limped into third, though he was stranded by Robinson Cano's lineout. Heredia then raced home on a two-out double from Jean Segura to give Seattle a three-run inning. But after one more start he went on the disabled list with a knee injury and hasn't been sharp in either start since his return.
Boston, which holds a three-game lead in the American League East despite losing three of four, has watched its third basemen - led by the likes of Deven Marrero, Josh Rutledge and the recently released Pablo Sandoval - post a combined.228 batting average this season.