Sanchez, Astros throw combined no-hitter against Mariners

HOUSTON (AP) After losing 13 decisions in a row with Toronto, Aaron Sanchez was looking for a fresh start and a way to turn things around in his move to the Houston Astros.

But even with their history of improving the performance of pitchers, it would have been hard to imagine his Houston debut would go this well Saturday night.

Sanchez looked like a reinvented pitcher, throwing six stellar innings to start the Astros on a combined no-hitter in their 9-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

''It's hard to come to a team and feel like you can contribute right away when they're already so good,'' Sanchez said. ''So for tonight to end the way it did, these guys coming in behind me and doing their part, too ... I'm so happy.''

Sanchez was an All-Star in 2016 and led the American League in ERA, but he'd struggled badly this season and was leading the majors with 14 losses. However, three days after he was acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, the 27-year-old right-hander teamed with Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski to shut down Seattle.

''Just trying to have a good first impression,'' said Sanchez, pulled by manager AJ Hinch after 92 pitches.

It was the second time in less than a month the last-place Mariners were no-hit by multiple pitchers. The Los Angeles Angels used two in a combined no-hitter July 12 against Seattle on a night when they honored late left-hander Tyler Skaggs by all wearing his No. 45 in their first home game since his death.

Sanchez (4-14) kept the Mariners off balance with a steady stream of fastballs in the low-to-mid 90s (mph) coupled with slow curves that often froze batters for strikes as he worked with veteran catcher Martin Maldonado, picked up by Houston in a trade with the Chicago Cubs earlier in the week.

''He certainly wasn't dominating anybody coming into the game, so we expected to do a lot more against him and just weren't able to get it done,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Hinch was glad the baggage of Sanchez's struggles in Toronto didn't follow him to Houston.

''I don't carry the burden of the early-season losses for him because he wasn't with us,'' Hinch said. ''I am proud of him for containing his energy and containing his excitement. ... I feel so good for him because he was able to channel that inner energy that he has and deliver a huge start. He really did step onto this team and provide a great first impression.''

After six sparkling innings, Sanchez was replaced by Harris to start the seventh in a move Hinch called a ''no-brainer.''

''I get the dilemma and obviously it kind of hits you in the stomach a little bit, but my responsibility is to take care of him, take care of our team, take care of our pursuit to win the division,'' Hinch explained.

Harris and Biagini, also obtained from the Blue Jays in the same deal that netted Sanchez, each worked one inning before Devenski tossed a perfect ninth. He retired All-Star slugger Daniel Vogelbach on a routine fly for the final out, setting off an Astros celebration on the field after the club's 12th no-hitter.

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, who threw one of his record seven no-hitters for Houston, was at Minute Maid Park to see this one.

''This is awesome,'' Sanchez said, adding: ''You can't write it up any better than this.''

Sanchez struck out six, walked two and hit a batter with a pitch in his first victory since April 27 for Toronto. He had been winless in 17 consecutive starts.

Hinch patted Sanchez on the chest after he finished the sixth, and pitching coach Brent Strom offered a hearty handshake.

With the Astros' impressive history of improving the performance of pitchers they acquire, Hinch was asked recently what they would do to help Sanchez get back on track.

''We don't have magic dust,'' Hinch said. ''There's a lot of people in the organization that go to work to try to find the one thing that can unlock people's potential.''

Sanchez was a first-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2010 and went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA over 30 starts in 2016. He was excited for his fresh start in Houston but also grateful for his time and opportunity with the Blue Jays. The pitcher took out a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun on Saturday to thank the team and city for their support throughout his career.

Sanchez plunked Omar Narvaez with two outs in the first inning and retired the next nine batters before walking Vogelbach with two outs in the fourth. Ryan Court hit a soft grounder with two outs in the fifth but first baseman Yuli Gurriel fielded it and tossed to Sanchez, who dashed to first base just in front of Court for the third out.

Sanchez walked Mallex Smith with one out in the sixth, then retired the next two batters.

Harris walked Domingo Santana with one out in the seventh, but J.P. Crawford grounded into a double play.

Mike Fiers pitched the previous no-hitter for Houston against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 21, 2015. That gem came in his third start with the Astros, just 23 days after they obtained him in a trade, and it was his first career complete game.

Houston used six pitchers in a combined no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 2003.

Besides the Angels' combined effort, Fiers has the only other no-hitter in the majors this season, for Oakland on May 7 against Cincinnati.

Michael Brantley had three hits and four RBIs. Jose Altuve homered for the Astros.

Marco Gonzales (12-9) allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings as the Mariners fell to 1-11 against the AL West leaders this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez, out since May 12 with a strained right shoulder, pitched two perfect innings for Class A Everett on Friday, and Servais said Hernandez will likely throw about 45 pitches in his next rehab game.

Astros: C Robinson Chirinos was out of the lineup for a third straight game with soreness in his right shoulder.

HEY, WHERE YA GOING?

Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole was irked that some fans got up to leave in the ninth inning and yelled at a few of them who were near Houston's dugout as they headed toward the exits.

''A couple of people were kind of surprised or whatever, but I just don't think everybody was aware of what was going on,'' he said. ''I certainly wouldn't leave. But if you want to leave, you can leave. I'm not telling you to stay or leave, I just hope that you know that it was a no-hitter.''

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle will use an opener Sunday but Servais hadn't yet said who it will be. After that, LHP Tommy Milone (1-5, 4.39 ERA) will make his 14th appearance of the season.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (14-4, 2.73 ERA) allowed two hits and struck out 13 in seven innings of a 2-0 victory over Cleveland last time out to win his fourth straight decision.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (4-14)L: M. Gonzales (12-9)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (18)
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A. Nola 2B30000000.329.384.582.9660.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    J. Altuve 2B53211014.304.366.541.9079.5
    M. Brantley LF52340002.320.379.516.89411.0
    A. Bregman 3B50220002.264.396.528.9256.0
    Y. Alvarez DH50210011.338.420.6891.1092.5
    C. Correa SS51200004.288.353.554.9074.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40110004.295.330.518.8483.0
    M. Maldonado C31100101.219.289.362.6513.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, O. Narvaez, D. Vogelbach, D. Santana
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (18), M. Brantley 2 (31), C. Correa (15), Y. Gurriel (28)
      • 3B - A. Bregman (2)
      • HR - J. Altuve (18)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (45), M. Brantley 4 (67), A. Bregman 2 (67), Y. Alvarez (40), Y. Gurriel (69)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), A. Bregman, C. Correa, Y. Gurriel 4 (4), J. Reddick
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (30)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Nola
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 12-9)5.08442214.321.33-3.0
      M. Wisler1.02200204.951.432.0
      G. Bautista2.053302011.002.44-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 12-9)5.0
      M. Wisler1.0
      G. Bautista2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (W, 4-14)6.00002605.761.6229.0
      W. Harris1.00001001.731.132.0
      J. Biagini1.00001103.711.332.5
      C. Devenski1.00000104.221.243.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (W, 4-14)6.0
      W. Harris1.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Bautista (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 106-70, M. Wisler 25-17, G. Bautista 49-32
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-7, M. Wisler 1-1, G. Bautista 1-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, M. Wisler 6, G. Bautista 11
      • Balks - G. Bautista
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez (11)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 92-55, W. Harris 12-5, J. Biagini 22-12, C. Devenski 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-6, W. Harris 2-0, J. Biagini 2-0, C. Devenski 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, W. Harris 3, J. Biagini 4, C. Devenski 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Smith RF30000111.232.301.346.6472.5
      K. Seager 3B40000001.212.287.392.6780.0
      O. Narvaez C30000011.294.367.474.8410.5
      D. Vogelbach 1B30000101.232.361.506.8671.0
      D. Santana DH20000121.269.342.475.8170.0
      J. Crawford SS30000021.248.335.414.749-1.0
      A. Nola 2B30000000.329.384.582.9660.0
      R. Court LF20000100.154.214.231.4451.0
      K. Broxton CF30000021.185.239.298.537-1.0
      M. Gonzales P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        G. Springer CF31000133.295.385.599.9840.5
        J. Marisnick CF11100000.248.307.462.7692.0
        J. Altuve 2B53211014.304.366.541.9079.5
        M. Brantley LF52340002.320.379.516.89411.0
        A. Bregman 3B50220002.264.396.528.9256.0
        Y. Alvarez DH50210011.338.420.6891.1092.5
        C. Correa SS51200004.288.353.554.9074.0
        Y. Gurriel 1B40110004.295.330.518.8483.0
        M. Maldonado C31100101.219.289.362.6513.0
        J. Reddick RF40100012.275.317.399.7160.5
        A. Sanchez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        C. Devenski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, O. Narvaez, D. Vogelbach, D. Santana
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (18), M. Brantley 2 (31), C. Correa (15), Y. Gurriel (28)
          • 3B - A. Bregman (2)
          • HR - J. Altuve (18)
          • RBI - J. Altuve (45), M. Brantley 4 (67), A. Bregman 2 (67), Y. Alvarez (40), Y. Gurriel (69)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (26)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), A. Bregman, C. Correa, Y. Gurriel 4 (4), J. Reddick
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (30)
          FIELDING
          • E - A. Nola
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 12-9)5.08442214.321.33-3.0
          M. Wisler1.02200204.951.432.0
          G. Bautista2.053302011.002.44-1.0
          Total8.01597261---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 12-9)5.0
          M. Wisler1.0
          G. Bautista2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (W, 4-14)6.00002605.761.6229.0
          W. Harris1.00001001.731.132.0
          J. Biagini1.00001103.711.332.5
          C. Devenski1.00000104.221.243.5
          Total9.0000480---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (W, 4-14)6.0
          W. Harris1.0
          J. Biagini1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - G. Bautista (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 106-70, M. Wisler 25-17, G. Bautista 49-32
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-7, M. Wisler 1-1, G. Bautista 1-3
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 25, M. Wisler 6, G. Bautista 11
          • Balks - G. Bautista
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Sanchez (11)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 92-55, W. Harris 12-5, J. Biagini 22-12, C. Devenski 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-6, W. Harris 2-0, J. Biagini 2-0, C. Devenski 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, W. Harris 3, J. Biagini 4, C. Devenski 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Bregman tripled to center, Brantley scored09
            Brantley singled to right, Marisnick scored08
          • 7TH INNING
            Gurriel doubled to right, Correa scored07
          • 6TH INNING
            Brantley doubled to left, Maldonado and Altuve scored06
          • 5TH INNING
            Altuve homered to right04
          • 1ST INNING
            Alvarez singled to center, Brantley scored03
            Bregman grounded out to shortstop, Altuve scored02
            Brantley doubled to deep left, Springer scored, Altuve to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Biagini
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Seager grounded out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul tip, Narvaez struck out on foul tip
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Biagini relieved Will Harris
            • Jake Marisnick in center field
            • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Nola grounded out to second
            • R. Court: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Court walked
            • K. Broxton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Bautista Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to left center
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Marisnick to second on balk, Ball, Brantley singled to right, Marisnick scored
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman tripled to center, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Ca. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Crawford: Crawford grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Santana out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Gerson Bautista relieved Matt Wisler
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Alvarez fouled out to right
            • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Correa doubled to deep right center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Correa to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to right, Correa scored
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado flied out to left
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
            • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Smith stole second, Seager grounded out to second, Smith to third
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Wisler relieved Marco Gonzales
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Reddick struck out on foul tip
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Altuve safe at first on 2nd baseman Nola fielding error, Maldonado to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brantley doubled to left, Maldonado and Altuve scored
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman popped out to third
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
            • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Nola flied out to center
            • R. Court: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Court grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Brantley lined out to left
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to left
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alvarez singled to deep right center, Bregman to third
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Correa fouled out to catcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Seager flied out to left
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez lined out to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Maldonado fouled out to first
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • R. Court: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Court grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Broxton flied out to deep center
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bregman fouled out to catcher
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Correa singled to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Correa out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
            • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick singled to shallow left, Maldonado to second
            • G. Springer: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve popped out to first
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley reached on fielder's choice to third, Maldonado out at third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Narvaez hit by pitch
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve doubled to deep right center, Springer to third
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley doubled to deep left, Springer scored, Altuve to third
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop, Altuve scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez singled to center, Brantley scored
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa lined out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to right
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)