The Astros have seen more than their fair share of losses this season, but Tuesday’s 13-2 win over the Mariners guaranteed the Astros a winning record in Seattle this season. Houston is now 5-3 in Seattle with the final game between the teams in the Emerald City scheduled for Wednesday night.
Jordan Lyles set the tone on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up a pair of runs, while the Astros bats came alive and pounded out 17 hits.
Jonathan Villar set the tone offensively for Houston, leading off the game with a home run to left, his first career home run.
Jordan Lyles continued to pitch well since mid-August. The Astros right-hander went six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. He struck out five. Since Aug. 7, Lyles has allowed more than three runs in an outing once, going 3-1 over that span and collecting his first Major League save.
As effective as Lyles was, Saunders was not. The Mariners lefty started badly, giving up a home run to Astros’ lead-off batter Jonathan Villar, his first Major League homer, to start the game. He gave up another run in the second inning before things fell completely apart and he gave up four runs in the third inning. In all, Saunders gave up seven hits and walked one in those three innings.
Jorge De Leon had an eventful inning in relief of Lyles. He gave up a single and a pair of walks but stranded all three base-runners when he struck out Kendrys Morales to end the inning.
Rhiner Cruz pitched two hitless and walk-free innings to close out the game.
Contributions came up and down the lineup for the Astros. Each of the first six batters in the lineup scored at least one run while seven of the Astros starters had at least one hit. Four Astros batters had multi-hit games, led by Jose Altuve and Chris Carter who had three hits each.
Altuve also tied L.J. Hoes with a team-leading three RBIs on the night.
Unfortunately, the one Astro who hasn’t been able to get going at the plate went 0-4. Catcher Cody Clark went hitless again, despite the support of his teammates who treated him like he was throwing a no-hitter and turned their backs to him as he batted in the seventh inning. Reverse psychology didn’t work, though. Clark struck out with the bases loaded..
The Astros go for the rare road sweep against the Mariners on Wednesday night. Brad Peacock (4-5, 4.87 ERA) will go for his second win in as many starts for the Astros. Brandon Maurer (4-7, 6.85 ERA) will pitch for the Mariners. Maurer hasn’t pitched more than four innings in his last eight appearances. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10, coverage on CSN Houston begins at Astros Pregame Live at 8:30.