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M’s crushed

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013

Seattle starter Joe Saunders suffered sixth loss in his last eight decisions. (Associated Press)
Seattle starter Joe Saunders suffered sixth loss in his last eight decisions. (Associated Press)

Houston roughs up Saunders

SEATTLE – Jonathan Villar homered on the first pitch of the game and the Houston Astros coasted to a 13-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14), sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career homer.

The Astros scored six times in the first three innings to chase Saunders. The left-hander allowed seven hits and a walk. He has lost six of his last eight decisions.

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.

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

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.

Franklin Gutierrez had a pair of RBI singles for the Mariners.


 

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