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Wade Miley solid, Astros hit 6 homers to rout Mariners 10-2

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Houston’s Jose Altuve  celebrates his solo home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi with George Springer during the fourth inning Friday  in Houston. (Eric Christian Smith / AP)
Houston’s Jose Altuve celebrates his solo home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi with George Springer during the fourth inning Friday in Houston. (Eric Christian Smith / AP)
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HOUSTON – Wade Miley had another solid start and the Houston Astros backed him up with a season-high six homers to rout the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Friday night.

Yordan Alvarez, Jake Marisnick, Martin Maldonado and Jose Altuve all connected off starter Yusei Kikuchi (4-8) to leave him tied with Justin Verlander for most home runs allowed in the majors this season with 28.

Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz also homered for Houston, which improved to 10-1 against the Mariners this season.

It was the most home runs that Astros have hit in one game since also going deep six times in a 17-6 victory over the Twins on May 31, 2017.

Miley (10-4) allowed three hits and two runs in six innings to win his third straight decision.

The four home runs Kikuchi gave up were a season high and he allowed nine hits for the second time in three starts to lose his third consecutive decision and give Houston three starters with 10 or more wins this season.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who lost their second straight after winning their previous six games.

Houston got things going when Alvarez sent the second pitch of the second inning into center field for his 13th homer. There was one on and two outs in the inning when Marisnick put one on the train tracks atop left field to make it 3-0.

Maldonado made it 4-0 when he homered into the seats in right field in his second game with the Astros since a trade from the Cubs on Wednesday. George Springer tripled with two outs in the inning and Altuve extended the lead to 6-0 with his shot to left field.

Reggie McClain, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game, took over for Kikuchi to start the fifth in his major league debut. He walked Alvarez with one out before Correa hit his third home run since coming off the injured list a week ago to make it 8-0.

Five pitches later, Diaz also went deep, putting one in the seats in left field to push it to 9-0.

Miley walked three Mariners early but didn’t allow a hit until Tom Murphy legged out a single on an infield grounder with one out in the fifth. He walked Mallex Smith with one out in the inning, but retired J.P. Crawford to end the threat.

Domingo Santana walked with one out in the sixth and Seattle cut the lead to 9-2 when Vogelbach hit his 26th homer.

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