Villar homers on 1st pitch, Astros rout M's 13-2

Villar homers on 1st pitch, Astros rout M's 13-2
September 11, 2013, 1:55 am
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Houston Astros' Jonathan Villar heads to the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


SEATTLE (AP) Jonathan Villar homered on the first pitch of the game and the Houston Astros coasted to a 13-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14), sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career homer.

The Astros scored six times in the first three innings to chase Saunders. The left-hander allowed seven hits and a walk. He has lost six of his last eight decisions.

Chris Carter and Jose Altuve each had three of the Astros' 17 hits. Houston's 10 extra-base hits were a season high, eclipsing the previous mark of nine - also set against the Mariners.

Altuve and rookie L.J. Hoes both had three RBIs. The total was a career high for Hoes, who entered with five RBIs in his 38-game career.

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