Gurriel, Astros jump to big lead, cruise past Mariners 11-4

Jul 28, 2021, 5:17 AM | Updated: 6:06 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — Yuli Gurriel singled, doubled and homered to drive in three runs and lead the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 11-4 on Wednesday.

It was the 13th time this season Gurriel has had at least three hits. Carlos Correa also had three hits and Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros, who have won seven of their last nine games.

Starter Jake Odorizzi (4-5) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, and held Seattle scoreless through five before allowing a couple of home runs.

Kyle Seager got the Mariners on the board in the sixth inning with a solo homer, his third straight game with a home run. Two batters later, Abraham Toro hit a two-run shot, giving him homers in four straight games, including his first two with Seattle.

Toro was traded from the Astros to the Mariners before Tuesday’s game and then became the first player ever to homer for and against the same team in consecutive games.

Houston led 8-0 after the top of the sixth, the third time the Astros opened a big lead in the three-game series. After blowing a seven-run lead on Monday and having to hold off a ninth-inning rally on Tuesday, Houston made sure there was little doubt about the outcome.

Yusei Kikuchi (6-6) allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits over five innings. He is now 0-3 since being named an All Star for the first time in his career on July 4.


Seattle manager Scott Servais was ejected by first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the fourth inning. Kikuchi walked Jose Altuve, and his next pitch — to Aledmys Diaz — was called a ball and Diaz’s checked swing wasn’t determined to be enough for a strike. Servais appeared to be upset about the check swing call, animatedly arguing with Wendelstedt.


New Seattle pitcher Tyler Anderson is expected to make his Mariners debut sometime during their weekend series in Texas, Servais said. Anderson was acquired late Tuesday from Pittsburgh in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Servais said he was unsure if Anderson would travel to Seattle and then fly with the team to Texas or if he would meet the team in the Dallas area.

Anderson is 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 starts this season with the Pirates.


Houston activated RHP Rafael Montero before the game, a day after acquiring him in the trade with the Mariners that also sent Kendall Graveman to the Astros.

During the game, the Astros traded for RHP Yimi Garcia from the Miami Marlins, in exchange for RHP Austin Pruitt and minor league OF Bryan De La Cruz.


Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will start at San Francisco on Friday. Valdez pitched six no-hit innings in his last start against the Rangers on Saturday.

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (4-2, 3.81) will start against the Texas Rangers on Friday. Seattle has won the last 10 games the rookie has started.


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