New York Yankees' James Paxton seventh Canadian ever to win postseason game

Written By Tommy McArdle
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New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton became just the seventh Canadian ever to win a postseason game Friday in a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

The Ladner, B.C., native worked six innings in a do-or-die start that saw him strike out nine batters and allow only one run over four hits. By the time Yankees manager Aaron Boone pulled him from the mound, Paxton had thrown 112 pitches — the most by any Yankees player in a single game this season.

“Tonight I had the intent of getting a swing and miss on every pitch," Paxton told Fox's MLB postgame show. "I know it’s not going to happen every pitch, but that’s what I was trying to do. I wanted to have that intent behind every pitch.”

"The Big Maple" allowed one lone run in the first inning when his wild pitch gave Houston's George Springer a path to home plate. The Yankees gave Paxton that three-run lead with their first at-bats of the night, though, and it's all New York needed to send the series back to Houston for Game 7.

Paxton's performance silenced any doubts that stemmed from his earlier appearance in the series — a Game 2 start in which he lasted only 2.1 frames.

In 29 starts this season, the 30-year-old earned a 15-6 record along with a 3.82 earned run average. Paxton's three appearances so far this postseason were his first ever after he spent his first six seasons with the Seattle Mariners.

Game 6 of the ALCS is scheduled for Saturday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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