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April 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Game thread: Astros at Mariners — April 22, 2014

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First inning

Perhaps in honor of Hector Noesi being DFA’d by the Rangers today. Erasmo Ramirez decided to pull a Noesi and walk Dexter Fowler and then  leave a hittable pitch up in the zone on a 0-2 count to lefty-swinging Jason Castro, who hit drove the ball to left field for a two-run homer.

Almonte strikes out swinging, Almonte strikes out looking and Cano strikes out swinging against Collin McHugh.

Astros 2, Mariners 0

Second inning

Noesi tribute sequel — Ramirez  gives up a massive homer into the upper deck of left field off the bat of Chris Carter.

While this isn’t exactly to perfectly to scale … it’s still not good.

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Corey Hart gets thrown out trying stretch a single into a double. And that’s about it.

Astros 3, Mariners 0

Third inning

Ramirez strikes out the side, but also mixes in a single and a walk in there as well.

Saunders strikeout, Zunino strikeout, Miller strikeout. McHugh’s career high in strikeouts is nine. He has six in three innings.

Astros 3, Mariners 0

Fourth inning

Ramirez gives up a lead-off single, but gets three outs and out of the inning.

The Mariners get a lead-off single from Almonte, a one-out single from Cano. But Hart pops up and Seager strikes out.

Astros 3, Mariners 0

 Fifth inning

Hey, a 1-2-3 inning for Erasmo.

The highlight of the inning was the strikeout, throw-out double play to end the inning.

Sixth inning

Ramirez worked a 1-2-3 inning. He came back to retire nine straight hitters and 11 of 12 he faced. He’s done. Six innings pitched, three runs on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Decent bounce back.

Miller pops out and Almonte and Ackley strike out. McHugh now has 11 strikeouts. Ackley has now struck out six times in seven at-bats since being moved to the No. 2 spot.

Seventh inning

So Collin McHugh exits after striking out Robinson Cano for his 12th K of the night. His replacement Raul Valdez walked Seager and then gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak to cut the lead to 4-2.

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