Carlos Gomez

Mariners' Paxton gets scoreless streak to 21 IP, beats Texas

James Paxton is off to a record-setting start for the Seattle Mariners.

The left-hander extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 21 innings, shutting down the Texas Rangers with eight innings of two-hit ball in Seattle's 5-0 win Saturday night.

Paxton (2-0) struck out nine and his only walk was to the first batter he faced. He hasn't allowed a run yet in three starts this year, and his scoreless stretch is a team record to open a season. He's the 10th pitcher in the majors ever to open a season with three scoreless starts of at least six innings.

"Can't say enough about Paxton tonight and the start he's off to this year," Seattle manager Scott Servais...