Walker wins debut as Mariners top Astros 7-1

Walker wins debut as Mariners top Astros 7-1
August 30, 2013, 11:39 pm
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In his Major-League debut Seattle Mariners' Taijuan Walker delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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HOUSTON (AP) Top prospect Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night.

The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. If the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-0) had any rookie nerves, it certainly didn't show as he retired the first eight batters he faced.

The Astros were up by one in the fourth before Ackley tied it with an RBI single. Seattle led by two in the fifth before a single by Ackley made it 5-1. A run-scoring single in the ninth gave Ackley four RBIs to tie a career best.