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April 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Astros 7, Mariners 2 — Losing streak reaches seven games

Pretty ugly game. While Astros manager Bo Porter felt it was the best game his team has played all season, Lloyd McClendon certainly couldn’t say the same about his team.

Felix Hernandez knew it was his job to stop the streak as the team’s ace (see video below), but poor command of his curveball and change-up didn’t allow him to do it. He left pitches up in the zone and they were hit. The Astros didn’t mess around and went in swinging against Hernandez.

Seattle wasn’t sharp in the field. Kyle Seager dropped a ball at third base. Stefen Romero and Dustin Ackley couldn’t come up with catches near the wall. They were tough plays, but also plays they’d want and expect to make. But when you have guys still in the process of learning the position. These things can happen. McClendon said they were both tough plays and that even season outfielders would have had a hard time making.

Offensively, Seattle had seven hits, but was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Abraham Almonte and drove in both of the Mariners’ runs. The Mariners struck out 14 times in the game, including eight times against starter Dallas Keuchel.

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