SEATTLE — After being shut down by Justin Verlander twice already this season, the strategy by the Seattle Mariners this time round was to be overly aggressive.
“I said it to the club before the game, ‘If it looks like you can hit it hard, swing at it. Take our chances,’” Seattle supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “And that’s what we did tonight.”
Rookie Julio Rodríguez hit the primary of Seattle’s 4 house runs off Houston’s ace, and the Mariners thumped the Astros 6-1 on Friday night time.
Rodríguez, Kyle Lewis, Ty France and Taylor Trammell went deep off Verlander, tying his career-high for homers allowed in a begin. Verlander (6-2) entered with seven earned runs allowed in 51 2/3 innings this season and gave up six to the Mariners, all by way of the lengthy ball.
“I think I made a lot of really hittable pitches and just needed to execute a little bit better,” Verlander mentioned.
Rodríguez obtained the Mariners began with a two-run reverse subject homer within the first inning on the primary pitch he noticed from Verlander. Four batters later, Lewis unloaded together with his first of the season, additionally a two-run homer. Lewis’ lengthy ball was estimated at 441 ft and was his first since May 28 final yr earlier than struggling a knee damage that required surgical procedure and compelled the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year to overlook the remainder of the season.
“We’ve faced him enough times to know that runs are hard to come by,” Lewis mentioned. “So just trying to be aggressive as possible. That’s one thing we preached in the pregame and try to really go out and execute. It’s actually a good job of seeing the pregame transition into the game.”
France added a solo homer run within the third, his seventh of the season, and Trammell barely cleared the fence in right-center subject within the sixth inning.
Seattle’s 10 hits had been essentially the most allowed by Verlander since April 15, 2017, when he nonetheless pitched for Detroit. The six earned runs had been essentially the most allowed since 2018 when Verlander additionally gave up six runs to the Mariners.
Verlander began the night time with a scoreless streak at 19 innings — one off his career-best — and a serious league-leading 1.22 ERA. The scoreless streak ended after three batters, and his ERA ended the night time at 2.03.
“They had a good game plan. Kind of kept me off balance all night. Was never able to get into a good rhythm,” Verlander mentioned. “I had one kind of quick inning, but other than that it was a bit of a struggle.”
On the opposite aspect, Seattle’s Chris Flexen tossed a gem, rebounding from three consecutive shaky outings. Flexen (2-6) allowed one run and 7 hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. Flexen has allowed 5 earned runs in 18 innings over three begins in opposition to Houston this season.
“I just tried to flip the script. Been struggling lately and tried to get back to how it was last year,” Flexen mentioned. “Be a better competitor and get back to execution for me and was able to do that tonight.”
Houston’s lone run got here on Jose Siri’s fielder’s selection within the second inning. Houston was held to 3 runs or much less for the seventh time up to now 11 video games.
Verlander allowed 4 homers in a sport twice whereas pitching for Detroit — each in opposition to Cleveland in 2006 and 2016 — and as soon as with the Astros in opposition to the Tigers on July 15, 2018.
Seattle chosen the contract of LHP Roenis Elías from Triple-A Tacoma and designated RHP Riley O’Brien for task. Seattle had an open roster spot after optioning struggling reliever Drew Steckenrider to Tacoma on Thursday. Steckenrider was considered one of Seattle’s prime relievers a yr in the past however is 0-2 with a 5.65 ERA.
It’s the second stint this season for Elías with the Mariners.
Mariners RHP Ken Giles (finger) is predicted to quickly begin a rehab task with a mixture of Tacoma and Class-A Everett. … RHP Erik Swanson (elbow) might throw off a mound earlier than the tip of the weekend and be despatched out on a rehab task subsequent week. … INF Abraham Toro (shoulder) ought to be prepared ot come off the 10-day IL when eligible subsequent week.
Astros: RHP José Urquidy (4-1, 2.94) is coming off his finest begin of the season throwing 6 2/3 innings permitting one run and putting out 10 in a victory over Texas.
Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (4-2, 2.60) seems to be to throw not less than seven innings for a 3rd straight begin. Gilbert allowed three runs on 5 hits in his final begin in opposition to Boston and had a no determination.