Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Franklin Gutierrez had a two-run home run and
Nick Franklin also went deep, as the Seattle Mariners snapped a six-game
losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.
Erasmo Ramirez (5-1) gave up two runs on five hits while fanning seven and
walking two over 5 2/3 innings for the Mariners.
"Erasmo did a great job tonight. He pounded the strike zone and threw strikes
when he needed to. Overall we did really well," said Franklin.
Brett Wallace had a home run while Jason Castro drove in the other run for the
Astros, who have lost three straight.
Jordan Lyles (6-7) gave up all three runs on four hits and a pair of walks
over six frames in the opener of this four-game series.
"I wasn't getting that down action on my pitches. I had a lot of fly outs and
the outfielders did a heck of a job out there running down balls," said Lyles.
Franklin got the Seattle offense going with his 12th homer of the year, a
blast to left, in the first inning.
In the fourth, Raul Ibanez hit a single to start the inning and Gutierrez
clubbed a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
Ramirez didn't allow a hit until L.J. Hoes started the fourth with a single to
right. Two batters later, Castro doubled to center field to put the Astros on
Wallace's leadoff homer to right in the fifth cut the deficit, but the Astros
failed to tie the game after putting pressure on Ramirez in the sixth. Jose
Altuve doubled and men were at the corners after Chris Carter walked. Charlie
Furbush entered from the bullpen with two outs to retire Wallace on a fly ball
Danny Farquhar worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to notch his 10th
Seattle's top prospect Taijuan Walker will make his major league debut on
Friday. He will start against Houston's Brad Peacock ... Gutierrez has homered
four times over his last 11 games ... Farquhar is 10-for-11 in save
opportunities ... The Mariners are 8-5 against the Astros this season,
including 5-2 in Houston. They are 32-32 against intra-division teams ...
Castro is on an eight-game hitting streak ... Both teams failed to record a
hit with runners in scoring position.
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