Astros complete sweep of Mariners for ninth straight win

Astros daily report: Astros 3, Mariners 2

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After locking up the series win on Saturday, the Astros looked for the sweep and their ninth straight win on Sunday afternoon. Here's how things shook out:

Final Score: Astros 3, Mariners 2

Record: 11-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Gerrit Cole (1-2).

Losing pitcher: Brandon Brennan (1-1).

Star of the game: Michael Brantley was the only Astro able to get a hit off of Marco Gonzalez through the first five innings, then came through with one of the biggest hits of the day with his game-tying two-run single. He finished the day two for four with the two RBIs.

Notes: Seattle extended their crazy streak of consecutive games with a home run by taking a 1-0 lead on a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning off of Gerrit Cole. They extended their lead to 2-0 with a couple of doubles in the third. Meanwhile, Houston was only able to get one hit off of Marco Gonzalez through the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, they'd load the bases with one out after three singles, bringing Michael Brantley to the plate who came through in the clutch with a two-RBI single to tie the game. Despite the two runs allowed, Cole still had another good outing, finishing six innings with eleven strikeouts and the two runs on four hits and no walks. The Astros took their first lead of the day in the top of the seventh thanks to a line drive solo homer from Aledmys Diaz, making it 3-1 Houston. Hector Rondon was first out of the pen and worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, followed by Ryan Pressly who did the same in the eighth. Roberto Osuna came in for the ninth and preserved the one-run lead for his seventh save of the season, pushing the Astros to nine straight wins and completing the series sweep.

Up Next: Houston will get the day off tomorrow before starting a short two-game series against Oakland on Tuesday night. First pitch will be at 9:07 PM and will feature Collin McHugh for the Astros going up against Franke Montas for the A's.

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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