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Houston (49-96) «11400022313171
Seattle (65-80)010001000251

Astros 13, Mariners 2

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SEATTLE -- Jonathan Villar got the Houston Astros started quickly.

Very quickly.

Villar hit a home run on the first pitch of the game and Houston coasted to a 13-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The rookie connected off Joe Saunders, sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career home run. Houston scored six times in the first three innings to chase Saunders (11-14), then added seven runs in the final three to put the game out of reach.

Chris Carter and Jose Altuve each had three of the Astros' 17 hits. Houston's 10 extra-base hits were a season high, eclipsing the previous mark of nine -- also set against the Mariners.

"It definitely is contagious," Astros manager Bo Porter said about the offensive outburst. "You start to swing the bat and you start to see your teammates getting hits. It's one of those things where it's almost like pass the baton and guys are really seeing the ball well, laying off some tough pitches and then getting pitches that they can handle and putting good swings on them."

Altuve and rookie L.J. Hoes both had three RBI. The total was a career high for Hoes, who entered with five RBI in his 38-game career.

"Gives you kind of confidence," Hoes said. "You see these guys going up there getting hits. You feel kind of comfortable in the box because the guys in front of you did their job. When you come up with guys on second and third and less than two outs, you just know you've got to put a ball in play. Put a good swing on the ball and when you put a good swing on the ball, sometimes good things happen."

Meanwhile, starter Jordan Lyles (7-7) held Seattle in check through six innings. Lyles gave up two runs -- one earned -- and three hits while striking out five.

Jorge De Leon and Rhiner Cruz combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief of Lyles.

Franklin Gutierrez had a pair of RBI singles for the Mariners, who have dropped their past three games. They held a players-only meeting for approximately 20 minutes following the latest loss.

"It's about the internal fight that is in all of us and leaving it all out on the field," veteran Raul Ibanez said. "I think it was a collective thing. A couple veteran guys got together and we thought it was appropriate."

Saunders allowed seven hits and a walk in three innings. He has lost six of his past eight decisions.

Villar walked, stole two bases and scored during Houston's four-run third that broke the game open. Altuve and Matt Dominguez had run-scoring hits in the inning. Hoes capped the outburst with a two-run double that made it 6-1.

Houston had its way on the basepaths, successfully stealing bases on all five attempts against rookie catcher Mike Zunino. Altuve swiped three and has stolen a career-high 35 this season.

"That's the kind of night you wish you could have every night," Hoes said. "When everyone's clicking on all cylinders."

Notes

Altuve leads the majors with 21 hits in September. ... During the game, Seattle traded smooth-fielding shortstop Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a player to be named. Ryan lost his starting job to Brad Miller shortly after the rookie was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on June 28.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Houston

B. Laird
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS5321111 .277
Jose Altuve, 2B6333011 .282
Trevor Crowe, LF5100132 .243
Brandon Laird, 1B5123021 .209
Matt Dominguez, 3B5132100 .239
Chris Carter, DH4231212 .222
L.J. Hoes, RF4023114 .268
Cody Clark, C5000036 .000
Brandon Barnes, CF4110002 .243
   a-Jake Elmore, PH-CF1110000 .250
Totals44131713612  
a-singled for Barnes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve 2 (28, Saunders), Brandon Laird (3, Luetge), Matt Dominguez (22, Capps), Chris Carter 2 (22, Saunders), L.J. Hoes (5, Saunders), Brandon Barnes (17, Ruffin)
HR - Jonathan Villar (1, Saunders), Brandon Laird (3, Capps)
RBI - Jonathan Villar (7), Jose Altuve 3 (49), Brandon Laird 3 (8), Matt Dominguez 2 (70), Chris Carter (75), L.J. Hoes 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Laird 3 (6), Matt Dominguez 2 (22), Chris Carter (27), L.J. Hoes 2 (4)
SB - Jonathan Villar 2 (16, 2nd base off Saunders/Zunino), Jose Altuve 3 (35, 2nd base off Saunders/Zunino, 3rd base off Saunders/Zunino)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Jonathan Villar (9, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles (W,7-7) 6421250 4.92
Jorge De Leon 1100210 5.79
Rhiner Cruz 2000010 3.86
HBP - Zunino (by Rhiner Cruz)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 108-66, Jorge De Leon 28-15, Rhiner Cruz 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 8-6
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 25, Jorge De Leon 6, Rhiner Cruz 7
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS3000213 .259
Abraham Almonte, CF3110000 .265
   Michael Saunders, CF2010001 .238
Kyle Seager, 3B3000102 .276
Kendrys Morales, DH4000014 .278
Raul Ibanez, LF4110032 .252
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4022010 .252
Justin Smoak, 1B4000002 .247
Mike Zunino, C3000001 .218
Nick Franklin, 2B3000111 .219
Totals3325247  
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (19, Lyles)
RBI - Franklin Gutierrez 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Franklin Gutierrez (2)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Abraham Almonte (3, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (L,11-14) 3766151 5.18
Tom Wilhelmsen 2000010 4.06
Carter Capps 1.2422131 5.37
Chance Ruffin 1122320 6.23
Lucas Luetge 1.1533110 4.81
WP - Chance Ruffin (1)
HBP - Laird (by Chance Ruffin)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 69-42, Tom Wilhelmsen 15-14, Carter Capps 41-27, Chance Ruffin 39-21, Lucas Luetge 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 2-2, Tom Wilhelmsen 3-2, Carter Capps 1-1, Lucas Luetge 2-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 17, Tom Wilhelmsen 6, Carter Capps 10, Chance Ruffin 8, Lucas Luetge 10
Game Information
Attendance - 10245
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Dan Iassogna