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May 24, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Another early exit for Brandon Maurer in Mariners’ 9-4 loss to Astros

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Brandon Maurer (37) hands over the ball to manager Lloyd McClendon while being remored during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Brandon Maurer (37) hands over the ball to manager Lloyd McClendon while being remored during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros on Saturday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

It was a “just-one-of-those-nights” feel from the Mariners clubhouse after a 9-4 loss to the Astros.

“Not much of a game,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We didn’t really give ourselves much of an opportunity. … Nobody ever wants that type of game, but when it happens, it happens, and you move on and get ready for the next one.”

Astros rookie George Springer hit two home runs off Brandon Maurer and finished with five RBI.

Maurer dropped to 1-3 on the season, his ERA at 6.99 after allowing six runs in 4.1 innings. He’s pitched five innings or less in five of his six starts this season.

“I lost conviction there. I wasn’t throwing with confidence in my pitches,” Maurer said of his fateful fifth inning, in which the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring five runs on five hits and two walks in the inning.

Since May 9, Maurer is 0-3, having allowed 12 earned runs in 15.1 innings.

“That’s happened a few times, where he’s on a (nice) run and one thing or another goes wrong and he just doesn’t seem to get it back together,” McClendon said of Maurer’s rough fifth inning.

McClendon said it was too early to consider what to make of Maurer’s next potential start.

“I’m just worried about tomorrow,” McClendon said.

 

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