ASTROS SWEEP MARINERS

Houston Astros complete the sweep, beating the Mariners 7-2

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Justin Verlander was electric again. Composite photo by Brandon Strange.

The Houston Astros came into Wednesday's game with a chance to sweep the Seattle Mariners and push their record to 14-11, and they did exactly that. Justin Verlander took the mound for the Astros and didn't have to wait long for a lead to protect.

Yuli Gurriel got the scoring going for the Astros in the 1st inning after hitting a double to right field and driving in Alex Bregman, making the score 1-0.


The Astros added to their lead in the bottom of the second after Michael Brantley singled to center and drove in Chas McCormick and Aledmys Díaz. The Astros tacked on one more run in the inning when Alex Bregman singled to left field and drove in Jose Altuve, giving the Astros a 4-0 lead.

After being in cruise control for most of the game, JV faced two on with two out. No need to worry, though. Verlander struck out Eugenio Suárez in the top of the 4th, and his offense went back to work.

Jose Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly from Alex Bregman in the bottom of the 4th, giving the Astros a 5-0 lead.

Altuve would leave the game and be replaced by Niko Goodrum after fouling a ball off his groin area.

Jumping ahead to the bottom of the 6th, the Astros scored two more runs. Bregman doubled in Chas McCormick and later scored off a hit from Yordan Alvarez, who was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double.

In the top of the 7th, the Mariners scored their first runs off Justin Verlander. Eugenio Suárez hit a 2-run homer making the score 7-2, Astros. Verlander would leave the game after going 6 2/3 innings, with Ryne Stanek coming in to get the final out of the 7th.

Verlander finished the day giving up 5 hits, 2ER, and recording 3Ks. Parker Mushinski came in and pitched the 8th and 9th innings for the Astros allowing no runs and securing the series sweep of the Mariners.

Up next: The Detroit Tigers come to town to face the Astros on Thursday night at 7:10 PM.


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The Braves blew the game open against Hader on Monday night. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images.

When the Astros signed Josh Hader to anchor the back of the bullpen with Ryan Pressly and Bryan Abreu, we thought the club might have the best 'pen in MLB.

But at this early stage in the season, nobody is confusing these guys with Octavio Dotel, Brad Lidge, and Billy Wager.

Heading into the ninth inning on Monday night, the Astros handed the ball to Hader trailing the Braves 2-1. Instead of keeping the game close and giving the Astros' offense one more chance, the Braves teed off on the closer putting the game out of reach and ultimately winning 6-1.

Hader has one save on the season with an ERA over nine. Which has us wondering, do the Astros have a Hader problem?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein weigh in!

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