FINAL: Astros 7, Mariners 2. That’s seven in a row for Seattle.
Mariners batters struck out 14 times.
EIGHTH INNING: That’s it for Felix. He allowed six runs — two earned — on seven hits in seven innings. … Tom Wilhelmsen has allowed a two-out solo homer to Krauss. It’s now 7-2 Astros.
SEVENTH INNING: Mike Zunino crushed a ball into one of the last rows in the upper deck in left — almost out of the entire park — but it was foul. McClendon challenged, but the original ruling stands: Foul ball.
SIXTH INNING: The Astros, benefiting from an error on Kyle Seager, scored four runs in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead off Felix, who allowed four extra-base hits in the inning. All four runs were unearned. It’s the Astros 6, Mariners 2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Romero hit a two-out double, but Keuchel got Seager to ground out weakly to second to end it.
FIFTH INNING: Alex Presley had a one-out single and advanced to second on Almonte error in center. Dominguez then hit an inside changeup deep to left for a two-run homer, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead.
The M’s answered the Astros’ two runs with two of their own, thanks to Almonte’s opposite-field double down the first-base line. That scored Seager (who had singled) and Zunino (who had doubled).
FOURTH INNING: No no-no, sorry. Fowler gets credit for an infield single (off Felix’s glove) with one out in the fourth, the Astro’s first hit of the night. Fowler then stole second on the next pitch, but Felix got Castro and Springer to ground out to Miller to end it.
Cano walked with one out and Hart hit a sharp single. That put runners at first and second with one out for Smoak, who grounded to short on a 3-2 pitch. Big Hart takes out lil’ Altuve at second to break up the double play, but Romero popped out to first in foul territory to strand the runners.
THIRD INNING: Another 1-2-3 inning for the King. Astros down in order through three.
And 1-2-3 for the Mariners, with Mike Zunino and Brad Miller striking out and Almonte grounding out to short. This is shaping up nicely for my deadline (**knock on wood).
SECOND INNING: An easy inning for Felix. He’s at just 22 pitches through two.
Stefen Romero legged out an infield single for the game’s first hit, but Kyle Seager grounded out to first for the third out. A lot of weak groundouts for the M’s so far off Keuchel — four, to be exact (plus Romero’s lil’ chopper).
FIRST INNING: Felix Hernandez threw at 94 mph for ball one to Jose Altuve at 7:10 p.m. And we’re off. … That was odd. Altuve, who walked to open the inning, didn’t even attempt to re-tag second base on Jason Castro’s fly-out to left, leading to an easy (if unusual) 7-6-4 double play to end it.
A 1-2-3 bottom of the first for Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel, with Dexter Fowler making a nice sliding catch in center to retire Robinson Cano.