American League Game Summary - Seattle at Houston|
(Sunday, September 1st)
Final Score: Houston 2, Seattle 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brett Oberholtzer fired a four-hit shutout and
Jason Castro broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the
eighth inning, allowing the Houston Astros to avoid a four-game sweep at the
hands of the Seattle Mariners with a 2-0 decision in the series finale.
Castro's double off Charlie Furbush (2-5) and Brandon Barnes' pinch-hit RBI
single later in the eighth aided a gem from Oberholtzer (4-1) in his sixth
major league start. The young lefty did not permit an extra-base hit and
walked just one in a 113-pitch effort that halted a string of five straight
"He was on the attack from pitch No. 1," Astros manager Bo Porter said of
Oberholtzer. "He decided he was going to be aggressive and attack the strike
Hisashi Iwakuma matched zeros with Oberholtzer for the game's first seven
innings before being removed for Furbush in the eighth. The Seattle righty
scattered six hits and struck out seven while issuing just one walk.
Iwakuma was lifted after 99 pitches despite setting down 10 of the final 12
hitters he faced. Furbush, on the other hand, was greeted by Jose Altuve's
third hit of the day -- an opposite-field double to open the bottom of the
eighth. Castro followed with a deep drive into the gap in right center that
easily brought home the game's first run.
After taking third on Matt Dominguez's flyout, Castro came around when Barnes
dropped down a bunt as part of a successful suicide squeeze that pushed the
lead to 2-0. Barnes reached on the play as Mariners second baseman Nick
Franklin failed to cover first.
"It's one of those things right when I saw the runner take off, I took off
immediately, hoping he'd push the ball toward me," said Franklin. "I ended up
being wrong in that case and I was supposed to cover first. It's just a
mistake you learn from."
Oberholtzer, who retired the side in order in both the seventh and eighth, did
give up a one-out single to Kyle Seager that brought the tying run to the
plate in the ninth. The rookie was up to the task, however, getting Kendrys
Morales to foul out before inducing a game-ending fly ball from Franklin
"I tried to push my A-plus stuff out of me," Oberholtzer said. "I got back to
my strengths -- throwing fastball, changeup. The last couple of starts, it
wasn't clicking, but today it was."
Seattle's best scoring chance came in the third, when Justin Smoak drew a
leadoff walk and later raced to third on Brad Miller's two-out single.
Oberholtzer was able to strike out Franklin swinging, though, and end the
Outfielder Trevor Crowe, recalled by the Astros from Triple-A Oklahoma City
prior to the game, went 2-for-4 with a double while starting in center field
... The Mariners recalled ousted closer Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma on
Sunday, with the right-hander recording the final out of the bottom of the
eighth ... Seattle had prevailed in six straight meetings with Houston and
lost for only the third time in 10 visits to Minute Maid Park this season.
09/01 20:53:15 ET