Astros end Mariners’ hitting streak at 14; Scratched J-Rod

SEATTLE (AP) — The Houston Astros ended the Seattle Mariners’ 14-game hitting streak, with Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez homering in a 5-2 victory Friday night.

Seattle pulled rookie Julio Rodriguez from the lineup moments before the first pitch with sore left wrist, then missed his first game since July 1. The club was one win away from tying the 2001 Mariners for the longest winning streak in franchise history.

Houston extended its AL West lead over second-place Seattle to 11 games.

“The crowd was into it,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “They were trying to urge them for No. 15. But I’m glad we held on and won the game.”

Altuve led off the game with a home run off starter Marco Gonzalez, Alvarez added another solo shot in the fourth, his 28th of the year, and Martin Maldonado connected in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.

Alvarez scored Altuve on a sacrifice fly later in the fifth, and Jake Myers had an RBI single in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.

Gonzales (5-10) was charged with five runs in 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits.

Ty France hit a solo home run for Seattle in the sixth inning off Jose Urquidy (9-4).

Urquidy threw 105 pitches over six innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts.

Baker was happy to get six innings off Urquidy against the Mariners, who have already beaten him three times this season.

In his last start against Seattle on June 8, Urquidy allowed seven hits and five runs over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-3 loss.

“He gave us six innings, and he didn’t look like it there for a while, because his pitch count was kind of high,” Baker said. “So yeah, that was big for Urquidy and us.”

Urquidy has now thrown seven consecutive quality starts.

Eugenio Suarez drew a walk in the eighth to pull the Mariners within three, but shortstop Jeremy Peña made a diving catch to strike out Kyle Lewis, and Houston pitcher Ryne Stanek struck out Cal Raleigh to end the threat.

“I thought, ‘He has no chance,'” Altuve said of Peña’s jump. “I think that was the game. If that ball goes through, it’s probably a different story.”

The Mariners left nine runners on base.

“It was a ton of intensity tonight,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I loved our at-bat throughout the game. We put a lot of pressure on them, we just didn’t get the big hit.”


The 21-year-old Rodriguez was pulled from the lineup days after a big showing in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Servais said Rodriguez sprained his wrist on a stolen base attempt against Texas on Sunday, and his status is day-to-day.


Seattle activated outfielder Kyle Lewis from the seven-day disabled list after he recovered from a concussion and optioned outfielder Justin Upton to Triple-A. Upton declined the assignment and elected free agency.

Lewis was hit in the head by a pitch from Urquidy on May 28.


Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger (ankle) began a rehab assignment with Class A Everett on Friday. Seattle placed Haniger on the IL on April 30, when he suffered a Grade 2 sprained ankle in a game against the Marlins. Haniger has played in just nine games this season.

Astros: Michael Brantley (shoulder) could start hitting this week, according to Baker. Brantley was placed on IL on June 28 with shoulder discomfort.


Astros RHP Justin Verlander faces Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert on Saturday. Verlander has an MLB-best 12 wins this season and a 1.89 ERA. Gilbert’s most recent start came against Texas on July 16, when he allowed four hits and one earned run in five innings.

Astros end Mariners’ hitting streak at 14; Scratched J-Rod

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