Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma rebounded from two rough
starts by working six strong innings, and the Mariners turned a
tense affair into a laugher with a their seven-run sixth inning in
their 13-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at
Minute Maid Park.
Iwakuma (6-4) allowed five earned runs in each of his previous two
starts, surrendering 17 hits over nine innings during that stretch.
He reclaimed his reliable form against the Astros (36-49) by
allowing one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts. Iwakuma did
not issue a walk.
Leading 3-1 entering the sixth, the Mariners (46-38) strung together
six consecutive run-scoring hits, all with two outs. Cano doubled to
drive in two, chase Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart, and key the
"Yeah, it was a big at-bat," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.
"He continues to be a clutch hitter for us. He's driven in some big
runs for us. That certainly opened up the floodgates."
Third baseman Kyle Seager, first baseman Logan Morrison (2-for-6)
and catcher Mike Zunino followed Cano with consecutive RBI doubles
off left-hander Darin Downs. Right fielder Michael Saunders
(2-for-4) broke the doubles string with an RBI single and scored
when left fielder Dustin Ackley (3-for-4) doubled in his second
plate appearance in the inning.
One night after finishing 4-for-5 with three stolen bases, Mariners
center fielder James Jones went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs
scored. Cano (2-for-4) and Seager (3-for-5) drove in three runs
apiece for the Mariners, who stretched their road winning streak to
"Everybody was getting pitches to drive and it just worked out that
way," Jones said of the offensive surge. "It's definitely fun when
that gets going. I'm just happy it kept going."
From the start, Cosart (8-6) found himself in a grind, allowing the
first three batters he faced to reach base. Cano delivered an RBI
single to center field to start the scoring. Seager added a
Cosart surrendered another run in the second inning, with Jones
driving home Ackley. Jones extended his streak of consecutive
at-bats with a single to six as the Mariners recaptured their
two-run lead at 3-1.
Cosart failed to retire the side in order in any inning, the final
blow coming when Cano delivered his two-out double, scoring
designated hitter Endy Chavez and Jones while pushing the Seattle
lead to 5-1.
In 5 2/3 innings, Cosart allowed six runs on nine hits and four
walks. He had strung together six consecutive starts with two or
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"Walks," Cosart said, identifying his primary issue. "Probably no
one expects me to go five from the beginning, then I battled and
found it a little bit. It all comes down to walks. That's how the
The Astros got off to a promising start against Iwakuma in the first
inning as second baseman Jose Altuve, center fielder Alex Presley
and third baseman Matt Dominguez all delivered base hits. The
Dominguez single brought home Altuve and sliced the Mariners' lead
Altuve, Presley, second baseman Kike Hernandez and shortstop Marwin
Gonzalez had two hits apiece for the Astros, who managed only four
additional hits against Iwakuma following their robust beginning.
"Right now you give the Seattle Mariners a lot of credit," Astros
manager Bo Porter said. "They are playing really good baseball right
now. They are pitching well, they are swinging the bats
unbelievable, and we are going to have to play better to beat them."
NOTES: Astros CF Dexter Fowler was placed on the 15-day disabled
list (retroactive to June 27) because of a right intercostal strain.
Entering play Tuesday, Fowler ranked 10th in the American League
with a .377 on-base percentage, and he was tied for ninth in the
majors with 47 walks. ... After optioning SS Jonathan Villar to
Triple-A Oklahoma City and designating RHP Jerome Williams for
assignment late Monday night, the Astros recalled OF Domingo
Santana, INF Kike Hernandez and LHP Kevin Chapman from Oklahoma
City. ... Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen earned his first save since
July 28 on Monday night, doing so while matching his career high of
three innings pitched.
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