Corey Hart hit two home runs for the Seattle Mariners against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night (April 8). It was enough to propel starting pitcher James Paxton to his second win of the season. The Mariners won the game 5-3, but it wasn't without some ninth inning excitement caused by Fernando Rodney walking two batters to start it. While the win was very nice, Paxton hurt himself pitching in the sixth inning and could end up missing some time due to the injury. That announcement is likely to come in the next few hours from the team.
Hart connected for a three-run homer off starter Hector Santiago in the third inning and then added a solo shot off Fernando Salas in the seventh inning. Both home runs were crushed into the seats and it showed the power that he used to have with the Milwaukee Brewers. If he can keep hitting like that, Hart will turn out to be quite the acquisition from this offseason. The other RBI in the game came from Justin Smoak when he laced a single into left center field to get the scoring started in the third inning.
Paxton finished his night of work having given up three runs in five innings. All those runs came in the first inning off two home runs and after that all took place, he completely settled down and allowed only one base runner the rest of the way. Yoervis Medina, Danny Farquhar, Tom Wilhelmsen, and Rodney finished off the game without allowing another hit on the night. That included two ninth inning strikeouts from Rodney as he closed it out and helped the Mariners move to 5-2 on the season.
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