Houston roughed-up Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias early scoring 3 runs on an Evan Gattis homerun in the 1st followed by a Jake Marisnick homerun in the 2nd inning.
Robinson Cano knocked in an RBI scoring Austin Jackson on a double in the 3rd. And in the 9th back-to-back homeruns by Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison. Ultimately the Mariners came up short, failing to hit with runners in scoring position, something that’s plagued the Mariners this year.
The Houston Astros (16-7) stay atop the American League West while the Mariners (10-13) struggle to get to .500. Taking this series is vital to getting back into the thick of the race.
2b: Robinson Cano
3b: Logan Morrison
HR: Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison
SB: Austin Jackson
Josh Fields (1-0) 1.1 inning, 4K
Roenis Elias (0-1) 8Ks, 3BB, 3 runs, 6 hits, 6 innings
Luke Gregerson (5)
SSU Player of the Game
Astros Designated Hitter Evan Gattis: in the 1st inning he drove a 347 home run to left field with a man on base to set the tone for this game.
Next Side Up:
Mariners face the Astros again on Saturday the 2nd at 4PM PST. The Mariners look to shed their woes by sending Taijuan Walker to the mound to face no-nonsense Astros pitcher Collin McHugh (3-0 record 2.92 ERA).