Houston's offense comes up empty

Astros stymied at the plate again as Mariners get shutout win to take series

Jake Odorizzi cruised through the first five innings against the Mariners before his day ended in the sixth on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a shutout loss in the middle game on Tuesday night, with the decisive blow coming from their former teammate on a grand slam, the Astros tried to rebound with a stronger performance on Wednesday to take the rubber game and get the series victory. It would end up being nearly the same result, though, as they'd get held scoreless, and Seattle would get the winning run off the bat of Abraham Toro.

Final Score: Mariners 1, Astros 0

Astros' Record: 78-55, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Justus Sheffield (6-8)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (6-7)

Toro breaks a scoreless tie again

As in the game the night prior, both teams remained scoreless through much of Wednesday's finale. Seattle's starter, Logan Gilbert, kept the Astros' offense at bay by limiting them to four hits over five innings of work. Jake Odorizzi looked as though he would last longer, allowing just three baserunners through the first five innings on just one hit, a walk, and a hit by pitch.

He returned in the bottom of the sixth, but after allowing a leadoff single followed by a walk, he would hand the ball to Dusty Baker, who called in Phil Maton. Maton would get one out before loading the bases on a walk, bringing up Abraham Toro, who hit a sac fly to get the Mariners on the board, the first run of the day to make it 1-0. Maton would get out of the inning without allowing any more damage, finalizing Odorizzi's line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 87 P.

Astros shut out again as Mariners take the series

Yimi Garcia was next out of Houston's bullpen, coming in for the bottom of the seventh, and faced three batters, recording two outs while allowing a single. Blake Taylor entered to get the final out of the inning to move the game on to the top of the eighth. Houston had a chance, getting the tying run to second base, but would get turned away again as Seattle held on to their 1-0 lead.

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever, and he worked around a walk to post a scoreless inning, bringing up Houston's last chance to tie or go in front in the top of the ninth. They again put the tying run in scoring position, getting back-to-back one-out singles, but would strand it there as the Mariners would shut them out again to take the series victory.

Up Next: The Astros will travel to San Diego before a day off on Thursday. On Friday, they'll pick up the last leg of this road trip, a three-game set with the Padres starting at 9:10 PM Central. Jose Urquidy (6-3, 3.38 ERA) will make his return from the IL for Houston, while San Diego's starter has not yet been announced.

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