If only the Astros faced Seattle pitching every night.
Jose Altuve Brandon Laird and L.J. Hoes accounted for 3 RBI apiece in an offensive outburst that plated six runs over the first three innings and chased Seattle lefty Joe Saunders (11-14) from the game. The effort helped secure a 13-2 win over the Mariners and Houston’s first series victory since Aug. 23-25 against Toronto.
The early cushion was all the support Astros starter Jordan Lyles needed. After his teammates staked him to an early lead he was determined to stay aggressive.
“You’ve really got to rely on that fastball after they put up so many runs on the board” said Lyles. “You’ve got to attack and if you give up a run or two here or there that’s fine but don’t give them a chance to come back and just get some quick outs.”
Lyles’ approach served him well as he earned his third quality start of the season against Seattle by giving up four hits and one earned run while striking out five over six innings of work.