With one of baseball's best pitchers on the mound, the Astros bats came to life Monday in a 7-2 win over the Mariners on Monday night in Seattle. Matt Dominguez and Marc Krauss supplied the power. Dallas Keuchel supplied the starting pitching as he outdueled Felix Hernandez.
The Mariners' defense certainly did not do Hernandez any favors. The wheels began to come off in the fifth when Abraham Almonte misplayed an Alex Presley base hit. Presley got to second on the play. Dominguez would follow with a home run. The same pattern where sloppy Mariners defense resulted in Astros' offense occurred in the very next inning.
Keuchel was impressive in his six innings. He only allowed two runs and his eight strikeouts were one off of a career high.
Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, and Josh Fields gave up nothing. It was a nice bounce-back appearance by Qualls, who gave up three runs in his previous appearance on Saturday against Oakland. The three relievers combined to give up only one hit in three innings while striking out six. Fields closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth.
AT THE PLATE
Seven runs. Earned or unearned, that was impressive. The Astros got the runs off of nine hits and, more impressively, they only struck out four times in a game started by Hernandez, who was previously leading the league in strikeouts.
IN THE FIELD
The Astros had yet another errorless game. Dexter Fowler had a nice backhand sliding grab to end the first inning.
The Astros will try to continue the momentum on Tuesday. Collin McHugh gets his first start of the season. He does so in place of Scott Feldman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day.