Houston scored double digits again

Astros thump Mariners again as offense continues to mash

Astros' Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve and Houston's offense continued to dominate Seattle's pitching on Saturday. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Jose Altuve and Houston's offense continued to dominate Seattle's pitching on Saturday.

After returning home with an offensive explosion the night prior, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, looking to continue their success against Seattle. They would repeat their offensive dominance in this one, securing the series win with their third win in a row.

Final Score: Astros 15, Mariners 1

Astros' Record: 73-50, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (6-6)

Losing Pitcher: Logan Gilbert (5-5)

The runs keep coming for Houston

As if a curtain call for the dominant performance they had at the plate the night prior, the Astros put things out of reach early again against Seattle's starter. They jumped out to a lead in the first inning, getting a leadoff double by Jose Altuve, who would later score on an RBI groundout by Carlos Correa to make it 1-0. They went on to score a dozen runs over the first five frames, getting a leadoff triple by Jacob Wilson in the third, who then scored on a wild pitch, before later in the inning putting two on base for a three-run homer by Yordan Alvarez to push the lead to 5-0.

Taylor Jones hit the second homer of the day for Houston to lead off the bottom of the third, making it 6-0, then in the fifth, they doubled their lead with a six-run frame. It started with another leadoff double by Altuve, who scored on an RBI single by Michael Brantley in the next at-bat. He would come around to bat later in the frame, but not before a two-RBI single by Jake Meyers to go along with more RBI hits by Jones and Wilson. That made it 11-0, and Altuve would make it a dozen with his second hit of the inning, an RBI single to make him 4-for-4 on the day.

Odorizzi posts a strong start

Although with recent struggles, it may have taken a big lead to keep Jake Odorizzi in line for a win, he was able to post a strong start in this one. He held the Mariners without a run through the first five innings, allowing just two hits and three walks over that span. Seattle got on the board against him in the top of the sixth, getting a leadoff solo homer to cut the lead to eleven runs at 12-1. He faced four more batters, getting two outs while allowing a single and walk, ending his day one out short of a quality start: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 100 P.

Astros secure the series win

Houston quickly shifted the momentum back in their favor in the bottom of the sixth, again getting a multi-run inning on a two-RBI triple by Jones followed by a sac fly by Meyers, making it 15-1. Phil Maton, who finished the top of the sixth, returned for a scoreless seventh, erasing a single and a walk.

Blake Taylor was the next reliever out of the bullpen, tossing a 1-2-3 top of the eighth. Pedro Baez entered to finish things off with the lead still fourteen runs in the top of the ninth, getting a scoreless inning to wrap up the win, Houston's third in a row, and securing the series victory with a chance to sweep in the finale.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get started at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Framber Valdez (8-4, 3.16 ERA) will pitch for Houston, while Tyler Anderson (6-8, 4.10 ERA) will make his fifth start for Seattle after joining them from the Pirates.

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Justin Verlander will start for the Astros on Friday night. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

Houston Astros (22-28, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (21-31, fourth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26 strikeouts); Athletics: Ross Stripling (1-8, 5.19 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 32 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Astros -170, Athletics +142; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at home against the Houston Astros on Friday.

Oakland has a 21-31 record overall and a 12-14 record in home games. The Athletics have hit 65 total home runs to rank third in the AL.

Houston is 22-28 overall and 8-13 in road games. The Astros have a 13-4 record in games when they did not allow a home run.

The teams match up Friday for the fifth time this season. The Astros lead the season series 4-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Rooker has 11 home runs, 17 walks and 32 RBI while hitting .286 for the Athletics. Max Schuemann is 12-for-35 with a double and two RBI over the past 10 games.

Kyle Tucker leads Houston with 17 home runs while slugging .638. Alex Bregman is 9-for-38 with three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 2-8, .225 batting average, 5.25 ERA, outscored by 27 runs

Astros: 7-3, .272 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Athletics: Esteury Ruiz: 10-Day IL (wrist), Darell Hernaiz: 60-Day IL (ankle), Alex Wood: 15-Day IL (rotator cuff), Paul Blackburn: 15-Day IL (foot), Joseph Boyle: 15-Day IL (back), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (hip), Luis Medina: 60-Day IL (knee), Sean Newcomb: 60-Day IL (knee), Aledmys Diaz: 60-Day IL (calf), Miguel Andujar: 10-Day IL (knee), Ken Waldichuk: 60-Day IL (elbow), Trevor Gott: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Astros: Oliver Ortega: 60-Day IL (elbow), Bennett Sousa: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Penn Murfee: 60-Day IL (elbow), Luis Garcia: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Urquidy: 15-Day IL (forearm), Kendall Graveman: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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