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4-7 - Game over, man! Paxton silences Rangers bats

Rangers can't get anything going at the plate in Seattle, lose 5-0

One night after the Rangers got King Felix'd, James Paxton came out against Texas and continued the torrid start to his 2017 campaign. Paxton struck out nine Rangers over eight shutout innings and has now gone 21 innings to begin the season without allowing a run.

The Rangers' bats didn't do much of anything against Paxton as Joey Gallo's double in the top of the sixth was the first hit for the Rangers until Jonathan Lucroy blooped in a single in the top of the eighth. Those two hits would be the sum of Texas' effort at the plate in this one.

Not much to say about this one. The Rangers ran into a very good young pitcher pitching like a great young pitcher. Perhaps the best overall news, besides Andrew Cashner making his debut and pitching pretty well, is Sam Dyson pitched an easy 1-2-3 scoreless inning of relief.

Player of the Game: Cashner was the hard luck loser tonight as he allowed four runs (three earned) and saw two of those runs placed on his ledger after he exited the game and Mike Hauschild promptly allowed a three-run home run to something called Taylor Motter.

Cashner was fine in his debut for Texas as he was able to go 5 1/3 innings on just 85 pitches and likely should have exited unscathed except the Rangers started playing questionable defense behind him in the fateful sixth inning. With Paxton dealing and Cashner asked to trade zeroes on a pitch count , it would have been tough for Texas to win this one.

Up Next: The Rangers close out this series looking for a win against Seattle with Cole Hamels on the mound against Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 pm CT.