Albert Pujols collected three hits, including a two-run single during a four-run seventh, to help Los Angeles climb within one-half game of Minnesota in the wild-card race. Casey Lawrence received his 1st blown save while Tony Zych took the loss to fall to 5-3 this season.
Paxton's injury leaves an already decimated Mariner starting rotation, with even more question marks.
The Mariners almost regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as Yonder Alonso hit a one-out single to right field and tried to score on Robinson Cano's double into right-center field. Paxton is 12-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 20 starts. Seattle's bullpen has allowed 13 runs in the first three games of the series.
In the fifth, Jarrod Dyson led off with a single and Mike Zunino blasted his 17th home run, estimated at 450 feet, well up into the upper grandstand in left field. Keynan Middleton got the win to improve to 4-0 this season, while Cam Bedrosian turned out the lights in the 9th for his 5th save of the year. The Seattle Mariners teams of the past, held back by their seeming inability to find any good hitting talent, were forced to rely on defense and pitching to win games, something that proved increasingly challenging.
But on Saturday, Ramirez allowed only one run in six innings, and that one run was unearned.
"We've got to continue to play good baseball regardless of who we're playing against really", Simmons said.
The Mariners have struck a deal with the Braves to acquire lefty Andrew Albers, per David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter). Albers has pitched entirely in the minors this season.
Paxton hurt himself in the seventh inning of his start on Thursday. But Paxton becomes the third starter from Seattle's projected rotation at the beginning of the season to be on the disabled list late in the year, joining Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.
Erasmo Ramirez has served up five homers over 8 1/3 innings in two starts since being re-acquired from Tampa Bay.