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Mariners Falter in Series-Opening Loss to Astros

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The Mariners struggled as their road trip continued in Houston.(Photo: Mariners) The Mariners struggled as their road trip continued in Houston.(Photo: Mariners)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings to become the American League's first 16-game winner and lead the Houston Astros to 8-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Rookie Carlos Correa, who returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury, hit a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo shots to help the AL West-leading Astros to the victory.

Keuchel (16-6), who gave up six hits, improved to 12-0 at home this season and has won 13 straight in Houston dating back to last year to tie a franchise record set by Danny Darwin in 1989-90

Lowrie and Conger homered in the fourth to put Houston up 3-1, before Correa's shot broke it open in the fifth.

Vidal Nuno (0-3) yielded seven hits, five runs and tied a career-high with three homers, in six innings. He was filling in for ace Felix Hernandez, whose start was skipped to give him a break. He'll pitch on Saturday in Oakland.

Mark Trumbo homered twice for the Mariners, who went 2 for nine with runners in scoring position.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Evan Gattis in the first inning.

The Mariners first hit came on the homer by Trumbo with two outs in the second inning to tie it at 1-1. It was the first home run Keuchel has allowed at home this season and the first in Houston since one by Adrian Beltre on Aug. 10, 2014.

Keuchel got into a jam in the fourth when Seattle loaded the bases with no outs. The Mariners came away empty-handed when Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a double play before Trumbo struck out.

Lowrie, who also doubled, snapped a 0 for 28 skid with his solo homer that put Houston up 2-1 with one out in the fourth inning. It was his first hit since Aug. 19. Conger connected on a fastball with two outs in the inning, sending it to the train tracks atop the left field wall to push the lead to 3-1.

Altuve singled with no outs in the bottom of the fifth before Correa's homer bounced high off the wall in left-center to make it 5-1. Correa, who was the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, leads all rookies in the American League with 16 homers

Gattis, Carlos Gomez and Lowrie each drove in a run for the Astros in the seventh inning.

Robinson Cano grounded out to start the game to snap a streak of reaching base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances.

Trumbo added a two-run homer in the ninth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Ketel Marte returned after sitting out Sunday with a right hamstring injury. He wasn't originally in the lineup on Monday, but was inserted after Austin Jackson was traded to the Cubs before the game.

Astros: OF George Springer (broken right wrist) played the second game of a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi on Monday. The Astros haven't said how many games he'll need before he's ready to return to Houston. Springer hasn't played since July 1 when he was plunked in the wrist.

UP NEXT

Houston's Scott Feldman opposes Roenis Elias when the series continues on Tuesday. Feldman threw eight scoreless innings in his last start and led the American League with a 1.33 ERA in August.

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