But the left-hander upped the ante in a major way Tuesday night, as he no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. It's the first ever complete game for Paxton, who was making his 82nd big-league start. He threw 99 pitches, 64 of which are strikes.
And, he's a native Canadian, hailing from Ladner, British Columbia.
With two out in the inning and Gordon now on third, Gordon would cross home plate to make the score 2-0 on a flare into shallow right off the bat of Nelson Cruz.
"It's very special", said Paxton, describing what it meant to get a no-hitter in Canada to Sportsnet's Hazel Mae.
"What a defense tonight". That's good enough for third place in the American League West, even though the team still has some work to do in order to catch the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. It was our night. "It was probably the sixth inning I realized it was happening".
Two late-inning defensive plays helped preserve Paxton's no-hit bid. Seager earlier had a diving stop on a grounder at third base and threw out the runner at first base.
The other Mariners' no-hitters: Hisashi Iwakuma, Aug. 12, 2015; Felix Hernandez, Aug. 15, 2012 (perfect game); Kevin Millwood and relievers (combined), June 8, 2012; Chris Bosio, Aug. 22, 1993; Randy Johnson, June 9, 1990. Toronto's Dick Fowler was the first back in 1945, when he tossed a 1-0 shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Browns.
Paxton struck out 16 batters in his previous outing, a no-decision against Oakland.
The bleeding continued in the fourth inning when Seattle tagged on a couple more courtesy of a two-run home run shot delivered by Mike Zunino. Centre-fielder Dee Gordon got the second out, a sharply hit line drive to centre field.