Astros crush Mariners with barrage of homers

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 10-2 win

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After wrapping up another series win in Cleveland on Thursday night, the Astros were back at home to start a fresh three-game set with the Mariners. Here is a recap of game one against Seattle:

Final Score: Astros 10, Mariners 2.

Record: 71-40, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wade Miley (10-4, 3.05 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (4-8, 5.49 ERA).

1) Houston puts on a home run parade

Yordan Alvarez was the first to put Houston on the board, crushing a ball to straightaway center to lead off the bottom of the second inning. The 427-foot bomb made it a 1-0 game, but later in the inning, Jake Marisnick extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-run home run of his own.

The home runs didn't stop there; Martin Maldonado made his return to Minute Maid Park memorable with a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0. Then, after a two-out triple by George Springer later in the inning, Jose Altuve capitalized with a two-run shot to the Crawford Boxes to make it a 6-0 Houston advantage.

Even after Seattle went to their bullpen in the bottom of the fifth inning, they couldn't avoid Houston's momentum. After Alvarez worked a one-out walk in the inning, Carlos Correa joined in on the home run parade with a two-run blast before Aledmys Diaz made it back-to-back jacks, extending the lead further to 9-0. That made it a season-high six home runs in the game for Houston.

2) Miley gets win number 10 

Meanwhile, Wade Miley was quietly stringing together another solid start on the mound. He allowed a few walks in the early innings but did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth. He would keep the Mariners scoreless until the sixth when he would give up a one-out two-run home run to trim the lead to 9-2.

He went on to finish that inning, but after giving up five walks on the night saw his pitch count prevent him from going further in the game. Still, with the run support, he was able to get his tenth win of the season. Miley's final pitching line: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

3) Bullpen sends things home

Collin McHugh was the first reliever to come out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Miley to pitch the seventh. He worked around back-to-back two-out walks to get through the scoreless inning.

He stayed on the mound for the eighth, another scoreless inning during which allowed just a walk. In the bottom of the inning, the Astros tacked on one more insurance run with an RBI-groundout from Jose Altuve to make it 10-2.

Jose Smith came in with the eight-run lead to close things out in the ninth, and did so, giving Houston a win in the series opener.

Up Next: Game two of this series will start tomorrow at 6:10 PM. The Astros will send newly acquired Aaron Sanchez (3-14, 6.07 ERA) to the mound to try and turn the page on his rough season so far and start fresh with his new team. He will be going up against Marco Gonzalez (12-8, 4.21 ERA) for Seattle. Houston can secure another series win with a victory.

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

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Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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