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Frazier, Gonzales lead Mariners past Astros 11-1 in home opener

Apr 15, 2022, 10:06 PM | Updated: 11:33 pm
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the first inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Mariners' Adam Frazier follows through on a single next to Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Ty France hits a two-run double during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Tom Murphy is greeted in the dugout after he scored against the Houston Astros on a two-run triple by Adam Frazier during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners fans sit near a sign, based on the popular Wordle game, that refers to the Houston Astros cheating scandal, during a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki stands as he is introduced during the Mariners' baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. Suzuki threw out the first pitch. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Houston Astros' Jose Altuve begins his swing as he grounds into a double play to end the top of the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            
              Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, right, poses for a photo with Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez after Suzuki threw out the first pitch to Rodriguez before the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Friday, April 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
            SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Marco Gonzales #7 of the Seattle Mariners throws the opening pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros turns a double play past Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI triple during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners and Ichiro Suzuki hug after Suzuki threw the ceremonial first pitch during the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his single during the second inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his run on an RBI triple by Adam Frazier #26 with teammates in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros turns a double play past Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros wears Jackie Robinson socks while standing at first base during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners looks on wearing #42 on his equipment during the first inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jesse Winker #27 of the Seattle Mariners watches the ball go for an RBI single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Tom Murphy #2 and Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners high-five after scoring on an RBI double by Ty France #23 during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners throws over Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros at second base during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his RBI double during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run on an RBI double by Adam Frazier #26 during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run on an RBI double by Adam Frazier #26 during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Adam Frazier #26 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates in the dugout after scoring on an RBI double by Ty France #23 during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with J.P. Crawford #3 after his two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his two-run home run during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Dylan Moore #25 of the Seattle Mariners warms up before the game a at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Manager Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners talks with media before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Abraham Toro #13 of the Seattle Mariners reacts before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Seattle Mariners warm up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jesse Winker #27 of the Seattle Mariners warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners talks with Seattle Mariners CEO John Stanton before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jarred Kelenic #10 and Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners react during batting practice before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners looks on before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Manager Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners talks with Julio Rodriguez #44 before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners warms up before the game against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki raises his arms to the stadium fans before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners' home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners' home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Ichiro Suzuki throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Seattle Mariners’ home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners shakes hands with Ichiro Suzuki after Suzuki threw the ceremonial first pitch during Seattle Mariners' home opener against the Houston Astros at T-Mobile Park on Friday, April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. Ichiro will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in August. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: The Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners stand for the national anthem before the game at T-Mobile Park on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: A general view at T-Mobile Park is seen during the gmae between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros on April 15, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners starter Marco Gonzales took great pleasure in shutting down one of the teams that’s provided him headaches in the past before a sold-out home crowd.

Adam Frazier’s first impression to those same fans was just as memorable.

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Gonzales rebounded from a rocky first start to throw seven solid innings, Frazier had four hits, including a two-run triple and two-run double, and the Mariners opened their home campaign with a 11-1 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

An offseason of high anticipation for fans in the Pacific Northwest was greeted with a complete performance by the Mariners in their first appearance at T-Mobile Park since the final day of last season, when Seattle was eliminated from the postseason race.

Gonzales (1-1) was terrific with one of the best outings of his career against the Astros. The top of Seattle’s lineup with Frazier, Ty France and Jesse Winker was a combined 7 for 11 with seven RBIs and three walks. Even promising rookie Julio Rodríguez thrilled the sellout crowd in his first home game with the Mariners by dumping a line drive single into left field in his first plate appearance.

Gonzales scattered four hits and struck out six. He lasted just two innings in his first start of the season last weekend against Minnesota when he allowed six runs, but only two were earned.

“Getting ahead in the count, throwing five different pitches for strikes and pitching with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Gonzales said. “These guys smacked me around for a long time. So (it) felt good to stick it to them a little bit.”

The only run Gonzales surrendered this time came in the seventh when Jose Siri’s broken-bat liner to center dropped in front of Rodríguez and scored Yuli Gurriel.

“I felt very confident coming into the game today he would make an adjustment,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said of Gonzales. “His stuff was so much crisper and just so aggressive early in the strike zone, and we’d love to see that. That’s who Marco is.”

Gonzales was backed by a season-high in hits and runs from Seattle’s bats. Winker, who was out taking early batting practice to get familiar with his new surroundings, had an RBI single in his first at-bat. Frazier clubbed a two-run triple with two outs in the fourth to give Seattle a 3-0 lead. France added a two-run double in the sixth and Frazier followed with a two-run double in the seventh.

It was Frazier’s third career game with four RBIs. Eugenio Suárez added a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

“I felt like I had some tough luck on the road. First road trip, I guess,” Frazier said. “I felt good coming out of spring then felt like I lost it a little bit. So, try to build on tonight.”

Houston starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) didn’t make it through the fifth inning, allowing eight hits and three runs. The Astros bullpen was no better giving up seven runs.

“He threw the ball pretty well, they just hit some good (pitches),” Astros manager Dusty Baker said of Odorizzi. “Sometimes they hit good pitches.”

FIRST PITCH

Ichiro Suzuki threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Suzuki, who still works as an instructor for the Mariners and is at the ballpark most days, came out in a full uniform to throw the first pitch to Rodriguez.

Seattle is inducting Suzuki into the Mariners’ Hall of Fame in August.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Houston placed DH Yordan Alvarez on the injured list due to “health and safety protocols.” Manager Dusty Baker said Alvarez was with the team in Seattle and had not tested positive for COVID-19, but he was feeling under the weather. Alvarez has not played since the final day of the Astros opening series against the Angels, missing all games in Arizona. Baker said Alvarez will likely need a couple of days once he’s feeling well enough to be back with the team. Houston recalled IF Joe Perez from Double-A Corpus Christi.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (0-1, 1.80) makes his second start returning from Tommy John surgery. Verlander tossed five innings of one-run ball in his first start against the Angels.

Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (0-1, 6.23) makes his second start. Flexen allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first outing against Minnesota. He is 0-3 with a 7.78 ERA in four career starts vs. Houston.

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