McCullers exits after 4 1/3
The Houston Astros witnessed their five-game winning streak go up in smoke after falling to Roenis Elias and the Seattle Mariners on the road, losing by the final score of 5-2.
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Both teams opened up the first inning with runs, but it would be outfielder George Springer who would strike first. Springer connected on a lead-off solo home run to left field – his 11th bomb of the season as he continues to stay hot in the batter’s box for this first-place club.
Starting pitcher, Lance McCullers later loaded up the bases full of Mariners during the bottom half of the inning and walked outfield slugger Nelson Cruz that tied things up at one apiece. Recently acquired Mark Trumbo gave Seattle the 2-1 lead after grounding out softly to shortstop Carlos Correa to threw him out at first base.
McCullers (3-2, 2.45 ERA) only lasted 4 1/3 frames, giving up five runs, three of which were earned on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts prior to handing things over to Will Harris.
Trumbo picked up his second RBI of the contest on a single to left field, driving in speedy outfielder Austin Jackson to make it 3-1 in the third inning. His single allowed Cruz to advance to second base, but Seattle would fail to keep things going when Seth Smith lined out to third baseman Luis Valbuena to retire the side.
With Robinson Cano and Cruz on base during the home half of the fifth, Seager recorded an RBI single to make it 4-1. Trumbo added another RBI to his stat line on his second ground out of the game, making it 5-2 with Harris on the mound.
Elias (4-4, 3.56 ERA) was excellent in his outing last night, holding Houston to just two earned runs on four hits but gave up two home runs on top of striking out 10 batters in seven innings of work.
Infielder Marwin Gonzalez made it a three-run game on a solo home run off Elias in the eighth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season, but the Astros would fail to rally late, eventually falling in order to end the game.