Mariners strive to extend run barrage vs. Astros

a look at the lower third of seattle mariners Batting order told the story of their 10-1 victory Houston Astros Friday, a win that split the series at least four games

Jared Kelenick, Mike Ford and Kolten Wong were a combined 7-for-10 with five walks, six runs and seven RBI. he scored five points mariners‘ scored nine runs in the fourth inning and had six RBIs. Kelenik had a single and a bases-loaded walk, Ford had a walk and a three-run double, and Wong added a pair of run-scoring hits to pace Seattle’s excellent offensive effort.

The teams will meet again in Houston on Saturday.

“We did a really good job of controlling the strike zone,” mariners manager Scott Servais said. “A lot of good things offensively but we have to keep it going. We have to do it again (Saturday). Our All-Star pitchers (George Kirby and Luis Castillo) were going the last few nights. (Saturday) them got my boy

“It’s a good start to the series. We have to keep it going till the break.”

Rookie right-hander Brian Wu (1-1, 4.08 ERA) has the starting assignment. mariners on Saturday. Wu earned the first quality start of his career in his most recent outing when he allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a 6-5 road win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Has 39 strikeouts in first six career starts

will make his career debut against Wu Astros and his third against an American League West opponent.

All-Star left-hander Framber Valdez (7-6, 2.49) is the scheduled starter for Houston on Saturday. Valdez missed his previous turn in the rotation due to right ankle soreness.

He was the starter in his most recent start after allowing four runs and three walks on eight hits with six strikeouts in six innings in a 4–2 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Louis Cardinals on June 27. The four earned runs matched a season high for Valdez, who alternated wins and losses in five June starts.

Valdez is 5–0 with a 1.94 ERA in nine career appearances (seven starts). mariners, He made back-to-back starts against Seattle last July and gave up six runs on 13 hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings while recording a win and no decision.

Astros Rookie right-hander Hunter Brown closed the book on Friday with a stellar first half of his first full season. His three innings as a start was a career low and despite recording eight strikeouts, Brown surrendered at least five earned runs for the third time in 17 starts this season, while his three walks were his second most in 2023. Scores matched. After allowing 10 in his previous start against the Texas Rangers, Brown allowed eight hits on Friday

“He’s had his ups and downs but I don’t think about that,” Astros said manager Dusty Baker. “He’s a young pitcher and they go through periods of inconsistency and ups and downs. He gets a lot of strikeouts. It’s just a matter of putting people away.

–Field Level Media

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