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Mariners get homers from Lewis, Seager but lose opener in Houston 5-2

Apr 26, 2021, 9:02 PM | Updated: 9:10 pm
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros slides safely into home base ahead of the tag from Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros fist bumps Yordan Alvarez #44 after Alvarez scored during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros hits a single during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros runs to first base after hitting a single during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Lewis #1 and Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate a home run hit by Lewis during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Lewis #1 and Taylor Trammell #20 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate a home run hit by Lewis during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Jose Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros looks down after giving up a home run to Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros gestures to Jose Altuve #27 after scoring during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners takes a moment in between pitches during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Myles Straw #3 of the Houston Astros bunts during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Tucker #30 of the Houston Astros is tagged out at second by J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners errors on the play when he falls back during the throw to second base during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Kyle Seager #15 helps up Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners after Sheffield was unable to field a ball during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners exits the game during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros singles during the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Evan White #12 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates a home run hit by Kyle Seager #15 during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Manny Acta #14 of the Seattle Mariners high fives Kyle Seager #15 as he rounds third base after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros throws out Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners at first base during the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros makes a catch on a pop fly by Evan White #12 of the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners watches a fly ball during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros singles during the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros singles during the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Robert Dugger #30 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Robert Dugger #30 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros reacts to being called out on strikes during the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Ryne Stanek #45 of the Houston Astros reacts to walking Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Ryan Pressly #55 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 26: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros fields a ground ball during the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on April 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve had three hits and two RBIs in his return after testing positive for COVID-19, leading the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Astros 5, Mariners 2: Box score

Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel both had three hits and drove in a run as the Astros won for the fourth time in five games after losing their previous three.

José Urquidy (1-2) yielded five hits and two runs in six innings for his first win of the season. Ryan Pressly allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his second save.

The Mariners got solo homers from Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager but went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position as they lost their second straight game. They won two of three in Seattle earlier this month when the Astros were without five players, including Altuve, Alvarez and Alex Bregman, because of health and safety protocols.

Seattle starter Justus Sheffield (1-2) allowed a career-high 12 hits with five runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings.

Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP, was among five Astros who were placed on the COVID-19 list on April 14. The other four returned within days, but Altuve missed 10 games before being activated on Monday. He cleared health and safety protocols Friday and revealed Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but did not have any symptoms.

He wasted no time getting to work in his return, hitting a leadoff single before stealing his first base of the season with two outs in the first. The Astros took a 1-0 lead when Altuve scored on a double by Alvarez. Gurriel followed with a single to score Alvarez and leave Houston up 2-0.

There were two outs in the third when Lewis connected on his first home run of the season to cut the lead to one. The shot to straightaway center field by the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year traveled 428 feet.

With two outs and two on in the fourth inning, Altuve came through again, lining a single to left field to score two and extend the lead to 4-1.

The Astros had runners on first and second with one out when a fielding error by Seager at third base on a grounder hit by Carlos Correa helped load the bases. Houston made it 5-1 on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Tucker.

Seager opened the sixth with a home run to the bullpen in right-center to get the Mariners to 5-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Nick Margevicius was placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left shoulder. He had an MRI, but manager Scott Servais said he had not yet received the results before the game. The team recalled RHP Robert Dugger from the alternate training site to take Margevicius’ spot on the roster.

Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained muscle in his right arm. Odorizzi left his start Saturday after just five pitches with what the team called tightness in his right forearm, and manager Dusty Baker announced Monday that Odorizzi had a strained right pronator.

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