American League Game Summary - Seattle at Houston
(Wednesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Houston 10, Seattle 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Brandon Laird went 3-for-4 with two doubles
and a home run to go along with four RBI and Ronny Cedeno had three hits
including a three-run shot as the Houston Astros eased past the Seattle
Mariners, 10-3, on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series at
Minute Maid Park.
Chris Carter hit a solo homer, while Matt Dominguez had two hits and drove in
a pair of runs for the Astros, who have won two straight. Lucas Harrell (2-2)
fanned five batters and gave up one run on six hits over seven innings in the
The Astros also picked up their second series win of the young season,
although four of the team's seven overall victories have come versus
Seattle. Houston placed starting center fielder Justin Maxwell on the
disabled list following Tuesday's 3-2 win after being hit by a pitch in the
third inning and breaking his hand.
"That felt like a complete game," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "We pitched
well, we hit well. We made all the plays, and we came up with a couple big
Justin Smoak hit a solo homer and Robert Andino had an RBI for the Mariners,
losers in five of their last six games. Starter Joe Saunders (1-3) struggled
through five innings, allowing eight runs on 11 hits to go along with two
walks in the setback.
"Forget it easily," Saunders said. "That's it. Bad days happen."
Facing a full count in the second inning, Carter launched Saunders' offering
to left for a moon shot home run to put Houston ahead, 1-0.
The hosts struck again in the fourth with one out. Carter drew a walk and
Carlos Corporan singled to right to put runners on first and second. Cedeno
then hit a three-run bomb to left to make it 4-0.
In the fifth, Robbie Grossman, who replaced Maxwell in the starting lineup,
doubled to lead off the frame. Laird answered with his own double to left
just one batter later, plating Grossman to make it 5-0.
Seattle finally reached the scoreboard in the sixth, as Kendrys Morales
grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but scored Endy Chavez to cut the deficit
to four. That's the closest it got, however, as Houston put the game out of
reach in the bottom of the inning with five runs.
Dominguez's single to left drove in Corporan and Cedeno to make it 7-1. Blake
Beavan then relieved Saunders and looked to get out of the jam with two outs
and runners on second and third, but Laird deposited his 1-1 pitch well over
the left field wall to make it 10-1.
Smoak hit his first homer of the season and Andino singled in a run in the
ninth to account for the final margin.
Seattle's Seager has hit safely in a career-best 13 straight games ... Harrell
became the first Houston starter in the last eight games to make it through
six-plus innings ... Grossman finished with two doubles, becoming the second
Astro to hit two doubles in his major league debut.
04/24 19:22:08 ET
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