Verlander wins 14th-leading NBA, Astros defeat Mariners 11-1 | baseball

HOUSTON (AFP) – Justin Verlander threw a one-round shot in the eighth inning to win his 14th game in the MLS, Aledmys Díaz hit two groundbreakers and Jordan Alvarez made his 30th home run of the season when the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 11-1 Friday night.

Verlander (14-3) allowed a run once in 7 2/3 runs, with five strokes and five strokes at Seattle’s Robbie Ray, winner of last year’s AL Cy Young award.

Verlander kept Seattle scoreless until Jesse Winker and Julio Rodriguez doubled down in the seventh inning.

“He didn’t have a lot of hits, but he did make it unbalanced,” said Dusty Becker, Astros manager. was dealing. We’ve got him some running, and sometimes it’s hard for a bowler who gets that kind of running support to stay focused on getting the hitters out, but he’s a guy with a strong mindset. It was like the match was 0-0. He kept promoting.”

Verlander only allowed three winning runs in four starts and 26 2/3 runs in July. The 39-year-old right-hander, in his first season after returning from Tommy John’s surgery, has allowed one run or fewer in six straight times.

Verlander received a standing ovation as he walked off the field and raised his hat to the packed house.

“It was a great standing ovation,” Verlander said. “The crowd is incredible. It felt really special to get them to recognize me like that. A losing crowd, as usual, and it’s nice to go out and perform and have them support you like that.”

Also on Friday, the Mariners took the step of boosting their bet, acquiring the best player in the commercial market, and taking All Star Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds against four odds in the minor league.

“He’s one of the best shooters in the game – he’s really proven himself as a dominant player,” said Mariners coach Scott Service. “We have a chance to do something really big here this year. You have to go out and take a chance every once in a while if you want to finally get the reward, take a little risk. The dominant bowler, I can’t wait to meet him.”

Cincinnati got forwards Noelfi Mart and Edwin Arroyo, right-handers Levi Studt and Andrew Moore. Mart was the Mariners’ highest-ranked, with Arroyo at number three and Studdt at number five.

Seattle has not participated in the playoffs since 2001, the longest post-season dry spell in the Big Four professional sports in North America.

Astros chased Ray (8-8) by scoring three games in the third. Ray gave up singles against Yuli Gouriel and Alvarez and a double from Alex Bergman that took Houston to a 4-0 lead.

Diaz sent Ray Stadium 401 feet on the left train tracks in the second half. Homer’s solo was added by Diaz in the eighth inning from catcher Luis Torrens.

“In the past month, I’ve been feeling great on the plate,” Diaz said. “I’m glad I got the chance to be in the squad and contribute to the win.”

Ray only worked 2 and 3 innings, and passed five hits and four runs on 84 throws. He’s been hit hard by Houston this season, giving up 14 innings in 10 and 2/3 runs in three starts.

Bregman added another RBI in the fourth inning on one of Ben Murphy to the left of center who scored Gurriel to put Houston ahead 5-0.

Homer Alvarez came into the deep right center field in the sixth game of an 85-mph fastball from Tommy Meloni. Astros quarterback Mauricio Dupont also scored in sixth, a shot near the offending left pole off Meloni that put Houston ahead 9-0.

Houston won five in a row against Seattle and leads the season series 11-6. The Astros are 34-19 against AL West this season.

Seattle is 17-5 in the last 22 games, with all five losses against Houston. The Sailors have not lost to a team except the Astros since July 1.

“Obviously, not our night,” Service said. “They were all over Ruby again. We couldn’t do anything. You’ll play these games occasionally, and we haven’t played a game like this in a long time.”

Will Verlander turn to another guy?

He said, “I really can’t put into words what that might mean. It’s all just a blessing after the last two years, with Tommy John. To be able to come back and be successful, there were a lot of skeptics, but I just had to believe in myself, and my family was supporting me.” , and my teammates were backing me up. If that happened, it would be unbelievable.”

Jordan “Excellence in Approach”

“I’ve been around some great hitters, and he’s fast approaching this outstanding field. Just keep it coming.” – Astros director Dusty Baker on Alvarez.

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Mariners of Julio Rodriguez were caught trying to steal second base in the first half by Astros catcher Martin Maldonado. Rodriguez leads the AL Junior team with 21 steals in 26 attempts, but Maldonado caught him in the eighth of the season on 25 attempts.

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Sailors: After RHB Diego Castillo was put on the casualty list for 15 days Thursday night with a right shoulder infection, the Mariners RHB called up Matt Brash of Triple A Tacoma. On Friday, the team called RHP Phillips Valdez to cancel waivers from Boston and his option to Tacoma.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. continues. Progress in his rehabilitation from off-season forearm strain. He will begin his third rehab Tuesday night in Triple-A Sugar Land.

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Mariners: Chris Flixen (7-8, 3.75) starts in Seattle on Saturday, hoping to end an impressive July of 1.61 ERAs in four games, all won by the Mariners.

Astros: Framber Valdez (9-4, 2.74) will start Saturday, six days after winning the Mariners three runs in 6 2/3 innings in an 8-5 win in Seattle on Sunday.

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