Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Nick Franklin punctuated a seven-run second
inning with his first career grand slam, spotting Seattle ace Felix Hernandez
an early sizeable lead that wound up becoming a 12-5 rout of the Houston
Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Brad Miller each had two RBI for the
Mariners, who swept this three-game set while extending their season-high
winning streak to six games.
Hernandez (11-4) lowered his American League-best ERA to 2.43 after scattering
four hits -- all singles -- and striking out seven over six innings.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles (4-4) was tagged for 10 runs -- nine earned -- on
eight hits and two walks in four-plus innings.
Seattle's second-inning surge came after shortstop Jake Elmore booted a
potential double-play ball off the bat of Kyle Seager. Instead of the bases
being empty, Kendrys Morales, who led off with a single, and Seager were
aboard. Justin Smoak was the next batter and went down swinging, magnifying
the error because that may have been the third out.
Things completely unraveled for Lyles from that point. Following a walk to
Saunders that loaded the bases, Ackley and Miller supplied run-scoring singles
around a hit batsman before Franklin drove a Lyles pitch out to right field.
Lyles gave up an RBI single to Morales in the fifth, then loaded the bases by
hitting Seager in front of a Smoak single. Lucas Harrell took over on the
mound and didn't allow a hit the remainder of the inning. However, the
Mariners were able to score two more runs on a fielder's choice and an Ackley
Miller added an RBI single in the seventh to put Seattle up 11-0 and Saunders
doubled home Brendan Ryan in the eighth to make it 12-1.
The Astros put up a four-spot in the ninth against the Seattle bullpen.
Hernandez is 6-0 in his last 10 outings since a loss to Texas on May 25 ...
Ackley had three hits ... Saunders extended his hitting streak to 10 games ...
The Mariners were 7-for-14 with runners in scoring position ... Following the
game, the Astros designated infielders Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for
assignment and recalled shortstop Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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