Astros host Mariners for four-game series

Astros host Mariners for four-game series
August 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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After losing two out of three at the Chicago White Sox, the Astros return home for a seven-game stretch.

They begin with a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners, who will try to snap a six-game losing streak after being swept by the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers after being outscored 38-12. However, Seattle (59-73) is hoping to get back on track given its success against Houston (44-88) this season. The Mariners have won seven out of 12 between the two teams, including the last five of six and a three-game sweep at Minute Maid Park from July 19-21.

The Astros will send right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles (6-6, 5.15) to the mound. He’s come out of the bullpen two of his last three appearances but will try to win three straight starts for the first time in his career. He has had mixed results in his two starts against Seattle this season. At Seattle on June 12, he pitched seven scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 10 batters. On July 21 at Minute Maid Park, he allowed nine earned runs over four innings in a 12-5 loss.

Although he lost his last time out, Ramirez is 4-1 and has turned in quality starts in back-to-back outings.

Making his first appearance against the Astros is right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (4-1, 5.44 ERA), who has had two quality starts in back-to-back outings, allowing just three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings.

Probable pitching matchups:

Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:10 p.m.  RHP Jordan Lyles (6-6, 5.17) vs. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4-1, 5.44)

Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:10 p.m.       RHP Brad Peacock (3-4, 5.67) vs. TBA

Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6:10 p.m.   LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-7, 4.82) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (10-13, 5.09)

Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1:10 p.m.     LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 3.03)