When Jose Altuve homered in the first against King Felix Hernandez, it looked like the Astros would again manage to survive the Seattle ace. This time, looks were deceiving. Seattle answered with a run in the second and six more in the third Friday night against Joe Musgrove and coasted to a 13-3 decision. It was just Houston's ninth road loss all year.
Seattle fans tell Felix he's A-OK.
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Alex Bregman powered a solo homer in the fifth right over the 401 sign in center field but Houston ultimately could not overcome the early hole they were put into.
The M's drilled three home runs. Mike Zunino smacked a three-run shot in the third to blow the game open. Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager added solo shots. Astro-killer Danny Valencia added four hits while driving in two.
Hernandez, who was returning after a two-month Disabled List visit for bursitis, worked six innings, allowing eight hits but fanning six. Another Astro-killer, Yovani Gallardo, tossed three shutout innings to close it out.
Following Musgrove, who was charged with nine runs on 12 hits and watched his ERA balloon to 6.01, were the just-recalled Reymin Guduan, James Hoyt and Tony Sipp.
George Springer, who left Thursday's game in Oakland when he was hit on his left hand in the first inning, was back in the lineup on Friday and got one hit in five trips.
Guduan was called up to replace righthander Dayan Diaz, in part because Diaz has been terrible lately but also because the Mariners have a lot of lefty hitters so a second bullpen lefty besides Sipp would be useful.
On Saturday, Lance McCullers (6-1) will return from his own DL stay and pitch the 9:10 Central rubber game. Another roster move will need to be made then to get him back on the active roster. Righthander Sam Gaviglio (3-1) will be the starting pitcher for Seattle.
- Bob Hulsey