Canadian pitcher James 'Big Maple' Paxton throws no-hitter against Blue Jays

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"It was cool", he said.

Paxton (2-1) struck out seven and walked three batters in a 99-pitch masterpiece, getting a rousing ovation from the 20,513 at Rogers Centre.

Oakland's Sean Manaea recorded the first no-hitter of 2018 against the Boston Red Sox on April 21.

Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager.

Seager then made an accurate one-hop throw that was dug out of the dirt at first by Ryon Healy just in time to nab the Toronto baserunner. Adrenaline was no doubt surging through Paxton's system tonight, but his fast work and his willingness to rely on his defense rather than strike out a dozen or more guys certainly helped. Donaldson ended it with a hard one-hopper to Seager.

Then they started to get a little anxious when Paxton needed six more outs to complete the feat. He was rocked for six earned runs in just 3 ⅓ innings in his last start on Thursday against the Tribe. "And he had another diving play in the seventh inning, it was just ridiculous". A start by the Mariners' James Paxton was very, very good, while that of the Orioles' Dylan Bundy was little short of horrific. The last one was 73 years ago, when Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia A's no-hit the St. Louis Browns on September 9, 1945. It was Fowler's first game in three years after serving with the Canadian Army during the Second World War.




The best thing of this no-hitter for Mariners manager Scott Servais was he never had to sweat Paxton's pitch count.

The Delta Secondary graduate becomes the sixth Seattle Mariner to accomplish the feat joining Randy Johnson (1990), Chris Bosio (1993), Felix Hernandez (2012) and Hisahi Iwakuma (2015). Toronto has been no-hit five times.

While Paxton cruised on the mound, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino and Mitch Haniger provided more than enough run support.

Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts. Zunino connected on a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

The Toronto Blue Jays need to regroup after Tuesday's defeat to visiting Seattle where nothing went favorably. Diaz sprained his ankle when he landed awkwardly on first base in Sunday's win at Tampa Bay. Wade LeBlanc (0-0) pitches for Seattle opposite Jaime Garcia (2-2).

Paxton has not given up a run in consecutive outings.

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