SEATTLE -- The Mariners needed a good outing from their starting pitcher on Friday almost as much as they needed a win. They got one of those, at least, courtesy of J.A. Happ.
The left-hander, acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade for outfielder Michael Saunders, made his Safeco Field debut as a Mariner an effective one, going seven innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two. He didn't get the win because Seattle could only put up one run in a 3-1 defeat, but he gave the taxed bullpen a needed rest and his team every opportunity to rally and prevail.