"I threw that pitch as hard as I could", Paxton said.
Paxton struck out seven, walked three, threw 99 pitches and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager.
Atlanta scored the only run in the third inning when Acuna hit his third home run of the season, a long solo shot to left-center field.
In his previous start, Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton had a chance at history. They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool. I mean, what a defense tonight. "All of a sudden I see him throwing the ball to first base and I was just kinda shocked like I can't believe that just happened". Those guys were making every play.
Anthony Alford fouled out on the first pitch to begin the ninth and Teoscar Hernandez struck out swinging. Seager gloved the hard one-hopper of the bat of Josh Donaldson and threw to first for the final out.
Hernandez will remain the leader of the Mariners' staff at least by example, and fans will still fill the King's Court whenever he pitches at Safeco Field, but Paxton has made it clear over the past six days that he is the king of the hill when he's on it.
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"For me, it's really just an approach", Paxton told ROOT Sports in an on-field interview postgame, "really trying to force contact, trying to challenge guys with my stuff instead of trying to be so flawless and pick at the corners". Being Canadian, that was very special. "I really appreciate their cheers after the game, supporting me being Canadian".
Paxton was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in 2009, two years after playing for the Falcons.
The best part of this no-hitter for Mariners manager Scott Servais was that he never had to sweat Paxton's pitch count.
However, one other thing many pointed out on Twitter was what happened to Paxton last month.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Paxton's was only the seventh no-hitter thrown outside the US and the British Columbia native is only the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter, emulating a feat first achieved in 1945 by Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics.
With two outs and the no-hitter an out away, the Blue Jays' best hitter stepped to the plate.
Royals 15, Orioles 7: Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in five runs, and visiting Kansas City homered four times and scored 10 runs in the first inning, finishing with five homers overall in a rout of Baltimore. Stroman now 0-5 and sports a bloated 7.71 earned run average.