Tell me if you've heard this before: The Astros faced a lefthanded starter (five of their last six games) and were held to seven hits or less (five of their last eight games) while dropping back to the .500 level, a 6-0 whitewash by Seattle on Monday in the home opener for the Mariners.
Paxton: Scatters four hits.
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James Paxton tossed seven shutout innings and has compiled 13 straight zeros against Houston batters in the early season. On Monday, he fanned eight and walked two while giving up just four hits. Dan Altavilla and Evan Scribner capped the final two innings to complete the whitewash.
Charlie Morton wasn't so bad. He game up seven hits and three runs in five innings. Tony Sipp, Michael Feliz and Jandel Gustave gave up three more tallies to complete the scoring.
Carlos Correa got half of Houston's hits while Yuli Gurriel doubled to raise his batting average to .125. Apparently the book was written early on this year's Astros - just keep sending out lefties. The 4-4 Astros are 1-4 when a lefthander is the starting pitcher.
To that end, lefthander Ariel Miranda (0-0) will get his second look at the Astros in the 9:10 Central Tuesday sleeper special. He will again face Houston righthander Joe Musgrove (0-0). The two starters pitched to a draw last Thursday before Seattle won in the ninth on two runs off reliever Ken Giles.
- Bob Hulsey