Alex Bregman went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs as the Houston Astros defeated the host Seattle Mariners 11-5 Tuesday night.
Robinson Chirinos and Tony Kemp hit solo homers for Houston, which won its fifth game in a row.
Pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run double in the sixth inning gave the Mariners a 5-4 lead, but they suffered their fourth consecutive defeat.
The Astros scored three runs in the seventh to regain the lead and added four runs in the eighth to pull away.
Astros left-hander Reymin Guduan (1-0) earned his first major league victory despite giving up Vogelbach’s bases-clearing hit. Mariners right-hander Brandon Brennan (2-4) took the loss.
Brennan entered in the seventh and walked the first batter he faced, pinch-hitter Tyler White, before Jake Marisnick lined a single to left to send pinch-runner Myles Straw to second. Derek Fisher then grounded a single to right to score Straw with the tying run and send Marisnick to third. Bregman grounded out to third to bring home Marisnick with the go-ahead run. Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly made it 7-5.
The Astros scored four off left-hander Jesse Biddle in the eighth, the key hit being Marisnick’s two-run double.
Mariners starter Andrew Moore, recalled earlier in the day from Double-A Arkansas as the team decided to skip struggling left-hander Yusei Kikuchi’s turn in the rotation, allowed only the two solo homers through four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth.
With two outs, Fisher lined a double to center. Bregman followed with a run-scoring double to left, ending Moore’s evening.
Austin Adams replaced fellow right-hander Moore but Michael Brantley grounded a double down the left-field line against a defensive shift, bringing in Bregman to make it 4-1.
Moore allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Mitch Haniger hit a solo homer for the M’s.
To add Moore to the 25-man roster, the M’s placed RHP Connor Sadzeck on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. … Among the players selected by the M’s on Tuesday in the first-year player draft was 3B Austin Shenton from Florida International. Shenton, a fifth-round pick, is a Bellingham native who played at Bellevue Community College.
By the numbers
11: Number of times the Mariners struck out Tuesday.
Our take from Right Field
If it’s June, isn’t it time for the Mariners’ monthly bullpen revamp? Vogelbach’s three-run double gave the M’s the lead and their fans some hope for a victory, but the bullpen dashed that idea – again.
The M’s continue their four-game series against the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday at T-Mobile Park. RHP Mike Leake (4-6, 4.71 ERA) is scheduled to face Astros RHP Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.17).
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