The Seattle Mariners have been terrible on their current road trip, which isn’t over yet. After Saturday, the M’s are now 2-7 on the trip.
In Justin Verlander’s last start he no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays. With the way Seattle’s season has gone, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility to think the M’s would be no-hit for the third time this year.
Verlander, however, did give up the first run of the game. Dee Gordon tripled home the recently recalled Shed Long to put the Mariners up 1-0 in the third.
The Mariners didn’t have many more chances until the eighth inning. Before the eighth, the Astros tied the game on Alex Bregman’s 399-foot blast to left field in the sixth.
Then, one inning later, Josh Reddick skied a ball to center field, which allowed Kyle Tucker to score from 3rd.
In the eighth, it looked like the M’s might break through to either tie or even take the lead. Tim Lopes got to third after an error on Gordon’s infield single.
Gordon stole second, and the M’s had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. But, as the story has gone this year, the runners were stranded on Dylan Moore and Mallex Smith’s back-to-back strikeouts.
In case you didn’t know, Houston is really good at home (53-17) this year. Even more impressive is their record against the American League West. With the 2-1 win against Seattle, Houston is now 23-2 against the other three AL West teams at Minute Maid Park.
Astros win 2-1.
Winning Pitcher, (18-5) Justin Verlander: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
Losing Pitcher, (1-2) Austin Adams: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
Save (2), Will Harris: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
The Mariners look to avoid the sweep in the four-game series with Houston on Sunday. Coverage starts with Mariners Sunday Magazine at 9 a.m. on Freedom 970.
Here are the highlights from the game:
Top 3rd … Dee Gordon RBI Triple, 1-0 Mariners
Bottom 6th … Alex Bregman Home Run, 1-1
Bottom 7th … Josh Reddick Sacrifice Fly, 2-1 Astros
Final Call, Astros win 2-1