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Kyle Kendrick

James Paxton returns, but Mariners drop series finale to Rockies, 3-2

SEATTLE It was expected to be a busy day for the Mariners' resurgent offense. Facing a starting pitcher that came into the game with a 6.25 earned run average and issues against left-handed hitters, Seattle should have had no trouble reaching the almost five runs it had been averaging per game since the All-Star break.

Instead, the Mariners mustered just two runs and the faint hopes of a miracle run to close the season dimmed a little more on Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Safeco Field.

Perhaps if the Rockies had a different left fielder, the outcome may have been different. The score certainly would have been different without the speed and...