New guys Verlander, Maybin lift Astros over Mariners 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) The only comparison Justin Verlander could come up with for his Houston Astros debut was opening day.

The nerves. The excitement. The desire to be at his best.

''The unknown. Don't really want to let everyone down. New team,'' Verlander said. ''But these guys have made the process pretty easy on me so far fitting in and making me feel right at home as quickly as possible.''

Verlander could find a home anywhere with the kind of performance he delivered Tuesday night, throwing six strong innings to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer in the seventh for Houston's first hit.

It was the first time in 381 career regular-season starts that Verlander, a six-time All-Star, pitched for someone other than the Detroit Tigers. Even if his uniform colors were slightly different, his fastball and ability to dominate a game were the same.

It wasn't Verlander at his best. But it was a very good beginning in the latest chapter of his career, with the top team in the American League.

''To get to know him, we have to do it quickly. And to see his mannerisms, to see how he competes, he throws every pitch with a purpose,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''I don't think he had great feel for his breaking ball early in the count. Had a really good fastball and he went to it.''

With fianc�e Kate Upton in the stands, Verlander (11-8) allowed six hits and struck out seven while completing six innings for the 10th straight start.

His only costly mistake was a 3-2 pitch that Kyle Seager hit for a home run leading off the fourth. Seattle threatened in the sixth when Robinson Cano opened the inning by hitting a liner off Verlander's right wrist. Nelson Cruz followed with a single, but Seager grounded into a double play and Mitch Haniger struck out with Cano on third to end the threat.

The final pitch from the 2011 AL MVP was a 99 mph fastball that fanned Haniger.

''That was as impressive a finish of an outing as we could ask for, especially in the big moments where the inning starts out with runners on base,'' Hinch said. ''He never gets out of control.''

Joe Musgrove threw two innings of scoreless relief and Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

With all the attention on Verlander's first game for a team other than the Tigers, it was another deadline acquisition that sent Houston to its sixth straight victory. Maybin's drive with one out in the seventh snapped a 1-all tie.

Maybin arrived on Aug. 31 after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

''This team has been playing great team baseball and everybody has something to do with the success. I'm just trying to fit in to the mold of trying to help out,'' Maybin said.

Seattle starter Ariel Miranda threw 112 pitches over six hitless innings that included six walks - three of which led to Houston's first run in the third on Alex Bregman's sacrifice fly.

James Pazos (4-5) relieved in the seventh and walked Brian McCann with one out. Pazos was replaced by Emilio Pagan, who left a 3-2 pitch in the middle of the plate and Maybin hit his eighth homer of the season.

''I thought Miranda pitched his heart out tonight,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''He gave us everything he had. He tweaked his ankle early in the game and he hung in there.''

FEW HITS

Houston finished with two hits and won for the 15th time in club history when getting two or fewer. The last came on May 1, 2016, when the Astros beat Oakland 2-1 with just two hits.

BELTRAN'S BACK

Carlos Beltran returned to the Astros' lineup after missing the previous four games with a foot injury. Beltran was 0 for 3 with a run scored. Hinch said the club hopes to have OF Jake Marisnick back in the next few days as well. Marisnick has been slowed by a groin injury.

ROTATION CHANGE

The Mariners will move right-hander Mike Leake back one game and have him start on Friday against the Angels. That means Andrew Moore will get the start in the series finale against the Astros on Wednesday. Servais said the reason for the change was based on matchups. Leake has faced the Angels only once in his career. He was 6-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 12 career games against the Astros.

UP NEXT

Astros: Lance McCullers (7-3) will be activated from the disabled list to make his first start since July 30. McCullers was sidelined for more than a month by back discomfort.

Mariners: Moore (1-3) will slide back into the rotation. He hasn't started for Seattle since July 26 and his last appearance for the Mariners came on Aug. 11 out of the bullpen.

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MarinersSEA69-70
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  • W: J. Verlander (11-8)L: J. Pazos (4-5)S: K. Giles (29)
  • HR: HOU - C. Maybin (8), SEA - K. Seager (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF20000200.294.375.547.9222.0
A. Bregman 3B30010011.285.356.475.8300.5
J. Altuve 2B40000002.351.412.557.9690.0
C. Correa SS40100000.315.394.552.9461.0
Y. Gurriel 1B30000111.293.324.479.8040.5
J. Reddick LF00000000.310.353.473.8260.0
M. Gonzalez 1B30000112.294.365.519.8840.5
C. Beltran DH31000101.233.287.393.6802.0
B. McCann C20000111.239.325.419.7430.5
D. Fisher PR01000000.219.322.371.6941.0
J. Centeno C10000010.222.286.356.641-0.5
C. Maybin CF31121110.234.333.363.6957.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS40000000.303.354.420.7740.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30100110.270.371.511.8821.5
    R. Cano 2B40300011.279.338.461.7992.5
    N. Cruz DH40100004.282.369.533.9021.0
    K. Seager 3B41111012.253.321.443.7655.5
    M. Haniger RF40000031.258.345.443.788-1.5
    B. Gamel LF40100020.278.329.397.7261.0
    M. Zunino C30000021.237.315.492.808-1.0
    G. Heredia CF30000010.269.336.369.705-0.5
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Maybin (8)
      • SF - A. Bregman (5)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (56), C. Maybin 2 (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gamel (22)
      • HR - K. Seager (21)
      • RBI - K. Seager (72)
      FIELDING
      • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Verlander
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 11-8)6.06111713.741.2823.5
      J. Musgrove (H, 4)2.01000104.911.345.5
      K. Giles (S, 29)1.00000302.300.9311.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 11-8)6.0
      J. Musgrove (H, 4)2.0
      K. Giles (S, 29)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Miranda6.00116504.721.2116.5
      J. Pazos (L, 4-5)0.10111003.621.39-7.0
      E. Pagan0.21110013.240.96-2.0
      R. Garton1.01000006.921.462.0
      S. Simmons1.00000100.000.503.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Miranda6.0
      J. Pazos (L, 4-5)0.1
      E. Pagan0.2
      R. Garton1.0
      S. Simmons1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 103-73, J. Musgrove 21-17, K. Giles 10-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-4, J. Musgrove 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, J. Musgrove 7, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Miranda 112-65, J. Pazos 5-1, E. Pagan 18-12, R. Garton 18-12, S. Simmons 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Miranda 6-7, R. Garton 2-1, S. Simmons 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Miranda 24, J. Pazos 2, E. Pagan 3, R. Garton 4, S. Simmons 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      AstrosHOU85-53
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      MarinersSEA69-70
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF20000200.294.375.547.9222.0
      A. Bregman 3B30010011.285.356.475.8300.5
      J. Altuve 2B40000002.351.412.557.9690.0
      C. Correa SS40100000.315.394.552.9461.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B30000111.293.324.479.8040.5
      J. Reddick LF00000000.310.353.473.8260.0
      M. Gonzalez 1B30000112.294.365.519.8840.5
      C. Beltran DH31000101.233.287.393.6802.0
      B. McCann C20000111.239.325.419.7430.5
      D. Fisher PR01000000.219.322.371.6941.0
      J. Centeno C10000010.222.286.356.641-0.5
      C. Maybin CF31121110.234.333.363.6957.5
      Total283231768-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Segura SS40000000.303.354.420.7740.0
        Y. Alonso 1B30100110.270.371.511.8821.5
        R. Cano 2B40300011.279.338.461.7992.5
        N. Cruz DH40100004.282.369.533.9021.0
        K. Seager 3B41111012.253.321.443.7655.5
        M. Haniger RF40000031.258.345.443.788-1.5
        B. Gamel LF40100020.278.329.397.7261.0
        M. Zunino C30000021.237.315.492.808-1.0
        G. Heredia CF30000010.269.336.369.705-0.5
        Total3317111119-----
          BATTING
          • HR - C. Maybin (8)
          • SF - A. Bregman (5)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (56), C. Maybin 2 (28)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Gamel (22)
          • HR - K. Seager (21)
          • RBI - K. Seager (72)
          FIELDING
          • DP - C. Correa, Y. Gurriel, J. Verlander
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 11-8)6.06111713.741.2823.5
          J. Musgrove (H, 4)2.01000104.911.345.5
          K. Giles (S, 29)1.00000302.300.9311.5
          Total9.07111111---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 11-8)6.0
          J. Musgrove (H, 4)2.0
          K. Giles (S, 29)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Miranda6.00116504.721.2116.5
          J. Pazos (L, 4-5)0.10111003.621.39-7.0
          E. Pagan0.21110013.240.96-2.0
          R. Garton1.01000006.921.462.0
          S. Simmons1.00000100.000.503.5
          Total9.0233761---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Miranda6.0
          J. Pazos (L, 4-5)0.1
          E. Pagan0.2
          R. Garton1.0
          S. Simmons1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 103-73, J. Musgrove 21-17, K. Giles 10-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 6-4, J. Musgrove 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, J. Musgrove 7, K. Giles 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Miranda 112-65, J. Pazos 5-1, E. Pagan 18-12, R. Garton 18-12, S. Simmons 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Miranda 6-7, R. Garton 2-1, S. Simmons 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Miranda 24, J. Pazos 2, E. Pagan 3, R. Garton 4, S. Simmons 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Maybin homered to left center, Fisher scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Seager homered to right11
          • 3RD INNING
            Bregman hit sacrifice fly to right, Beltran scored, Maybin to third, Springer to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shae Simmons relieved Ryan Garton
            • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to deep center
            • J. Centeno: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Centeno struck out looking
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Reddick in left
            • Ken Giles relieved Joe Musgrove
            • K. Seager: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Garton relieved Emilio Pagan
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa singled to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel lined out to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Musgrove Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano singled to right
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cruz flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • James Pazos relieved Ariel Miranda
            • C. Beltran: Beltran flied out to left
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • Emilio Pagan relieved James Pazos
            • Derek Fisher ran for Brian McCann
            • C. Maybin: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Maybin homered to left center, Fisher scored
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Juan Centeno catching
            • Joe Musgrove relieved Justin Verlander
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gamel grounded out to second
            • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded out to third
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cano reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to shallow right center, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Foul, Seager grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Cano to third, Cruz out at second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann lined out to second
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Springer out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia struck out looking
            • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to right
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to catcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • C. Beltran: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Beltran popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Seager homered to right
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haniger flied out to center
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltran walked
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked, Beltran to second
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, Beltran to third, Maybin to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman hit sacrifice fly to right, Beltran scored, Maybin to third, Springer to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Heredia flied out to center
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to second
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso singled to right
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano singled to left, Alonso to second
            • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Correa flied out to shallow center
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
            • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Seager popped out to catcher
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Gamel doubled to left center
            • M. Zunino: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Miranda Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Segura grounded out to third
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso walked
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz reached on fielder's choice to third, Alonso out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)