Mariners' James Paxton throws no-hitter vs. Blue Jays on heels of 16-strikeout performance

Last week, Seattle pitcher James Paxton set the 2018 MLB standard with an overwhelming 16-strikeout performance against the Oakland A’s that the Mariners bullpen eventually lost.

On Tuesday, Paxton went the distance to secure his milestone, going all nine innings against the Toronto Blue Jays for baseball’s second individual no-hitter of the season in a 5-0 Mariners win. It marks the sixth no-hitter in Mariners franchise history.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox on April 21 while four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers combined to no-hit the San Diego Padres on May 4.

As with most no-hitters, Paxton got some excellent play from his defense, highlighted by a remarkable put-out from third baseman Kyle Seager for the last out of the seventh inning. Toronto center fielder Kevin Pillar smoked a ball down the third-base line that Seager snagged on a dive before making a bouncing throw across the diamond to keep the no-hitter intact.

Paxton recorded seven strikeouts and three walks on the night. He entered last week’s 16-strikeout game sporting a 5.12 ERA and has now posted two of the most dominant outings of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.40 in the process.

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PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: World Future's All-Star James Paxton #47 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch against the U. S. team during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Pitcher James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Peoria Stadium on February 21, 2012 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 07: Starting pitcher James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning of his Major League debut against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field on September 7, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Starting pitcher James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Kyle Seager #15 after finishing seven innings of shutout ball against the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field on September 24, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: A view of the maple leaf tattoo on the arm of James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 22, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 21: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners wraps his arm after pitching against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 21, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 15: Starting pitcher James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after pitching eight innnings and giving up only two hits a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on April 15, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 5-0. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 19: Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers the pitch in the first inning of a MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park, Tuesday, July 19, 2017. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 02: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners in the dugout after the fifth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 2, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield, left, scores as Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton loses the ball on a wild pitch in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8 - Mariners pitcher James Paxton celebrates his no-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018. Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw a complete game no-hitter. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 5-0. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8 - Mariners pitcher James Paxton is showered with a sports drink by Robinson Cano (left) and Mike Zunino after his complete game no hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018. Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw a complete game no-hitter. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 5-0. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8 - Mariners pitcher James Paxton celebrates his no-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018. Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw a complete game no-hitter. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 5-0. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8 - Mariners pitcher James Paxton (right) celebrates his no-hitter with catcher Mike Zunino as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018. Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw a complete game no-hitter. The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays 5-0. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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