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Mariners squander chances in loss in 10 to Astros

Jose Altuve’s RBI single lifts Houston to series-opening victory

UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2015

Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve, center, is mobbed by his teammates after singling in the winning run on Thursday. (AP)
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve, center, is mobbed by his teammates after singling in the winning run on Thursday. (AP)
Associated Press
HOUSTON — The Seattle Mariners have only themselves to blame for their latest loss. They will tell you as much. The team squandered multiple scoring opportunities as well as a strong start by James Paxton, losing 3-2 in 10 innings to the Houston Astros on Thursday night to snap a three-game win streak. “We didn’t play very well tonight,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It was one of those games that looked extremely close because we kept it close. “We had opportunities to certainly put some runs on the board and we didn’t do it.” And for that, Jose Altuve ultimately made them pay. Altuve’s RBI single in the 10th inning — his first career walkoff hit — lifted the Astros to their seventh straight victory. Austin Jackson went 3 for 5 with a run scored, and Seth Smith and Robinson Cano each had two hits, but the Mariners went 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base. Paxton went seven innings, leaving with the game with the score tied at 2 for the no-decision. “He threw the ball just like I thought he was going to throw it — he was very good,” McClendon said. “He really commanded the zone pretty darn good.” Paxton gave up two runs and five hits while striking out seven and walking two. “Felt much better tonight,” he said. “Found my rhythm a little bit.” The game unraveled for the Mariners in the 10th with Dominic Leone (0-2) in his second inning in relief. Marwin Gonzalez doubled down the right-field line with one out. After Leone walked pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus, Altuve lined up a single to left field to drive in Gonzalez. “We were trying to go away, sinker,” Leone said. “I guess if you’re going to miss, I would like to miss in the spot that I do, which is low and in. He just turned and pulled it down the line.” Astros reliever Luke Gregerson (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win. “This game was very important for us because of the way we’re playing,” Altuve said. “(We wanted) to keep the momentum going.” Astros starter Scott Feldman settled in after a shaky first to go seven innings. Houston needed an extended outing from its starter to avoid complications with the rotation and Feldman’s outing allowed the team to rest long reliever Samuel Deduno for Friday’s start. The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Nelson Cruz’s double-play grounder with the bases loaded, and Kyle Seager’s RBI single. Evan Gattis had a run-scoring grounder in the bottom of the inning, and then had another in the sixth to tie the score.
Spotless Smith
Mariners RHP Carson Smith pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief and has yet to allow a run in his major league career, spanning 20 games and 18 1-3 innings. It is a club record for most consecutive appearances and scoreless innings to open a career without allowing a run.
Streakin’ Altuve
Altuve’s eight consecutive multi-hit games stand as the third longest streak in Astros history. He trails only Jesus Alou (1969) and Billy Hatcher (1987), both of whom had nine multi-hit games in a row.
Roster move
After the game, the Astros optioned OF L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno and recalled LHP Kevin Chapman.
Trainer’s room
Astros: SS Jed Lowrie, who tore a ligament in his right thumb in Monday’s win at San Diego, will have surgery Friday in Houston. He is expected back after the All-Star break. … LHP Brett Oberholtzer, sidelined with a blister on his left index finger, made his first official injury rehab assignment for Triple-A Fresno.
Up next
Astros: RHP Samuel Deduno (0-0-1, 2.89 ERA), who had his first career save on April 12 at Texas, starts in the second game of this weekend series. Deduno is 16-17 with a 4.43 ERA in 42 career starts. Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias (0-0, 3.85 ERA) will make his second start of the season since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on April 26.
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