A season that started with promise has long turned sour for the Seattle Mariners.
An ugly loss Tuesday night against the rebuilding Houston Astros continued a downward trend for Seattle and pushed the team to hold a players-only meeting.
''It's about the internal fight that is in all of us and leaving it all out on the field,'' veteran Raul Ibanez said after a 13-2 defeat.
The game began as poorly as it ended for the Mariners. Jonathan Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14) on the first pitch, sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career homer.
By the time Saunders was chased from the game, the Astros had scored six times. The left-hander allowed seven hits and a walk in three innings. He has lost six of his last eight decisions.
''He has struggled,'' Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ''He is a great competitor, but you haven't seen the command.''
Aside from Tom Wilhelmsen's two perfect innings of relief, the bullpen didn't fare much better. Carter Ca...