Astros 10, Mariners 3
Robbie Grossman remembers sitting in the Astrodome as a child
watching the Killer Bs of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance
Berkman, and dreaming of playing for Houston one day.
He got his chance on Wednesday, and he doubled twice in his
major league debut to help the Astros to a 10-3 win over the
”I remember going to the Astrodome and watching games, but this
park is something else,” said Grossman, who grew up in suburban
Houston. ”I wanted to be a professional ballplayer and play at the
highest level and being an Astro is just the icing on the
Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno and Brandon Laird homered, and Lucas
Harrell pitched seven innings as Houston took the rubber game of
the series. Four of the Astros’ seven wins this season have come
against the Mariners, their new AL West foe.
Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this
Carter hit a solo shot in the second, Cedeno belted a three-run
shot in the fourth and Laird also connected for a three-run drive
in Houston’s five-run sixth. The Astros have homered in eight
straight games, matching their longest such streak since June
Harrell (2-2) allowed a run and six hits in his longest outing
of the season.
”That felt like a complete game,” Houston manager Bo Porter
said. ”We pitched well, we hit well, we made all the plays.”
Laird had a career-high three hits and four RBIs, and Grossman
became the first player since Carlos Gonzalez in 2008 to hit two
doubles in his first major league game. He joins James Mouton
(1994) as the only players to accomplish the feat with Houston.
The Astros considered waiting for Grossman to join them in
Boston on Thursday, but thought it would be special for him to play
his first game at Minute Maid Park.
”We’re pretty excited for him,” Porter said. ”He adds a
dynamic to our club, some more speed at the top of the lineup and a
guy that gets on base.”
The Mariners closed out a 1-5 road trip. They were outscored
36-8 in the five losses.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge held a team meeting following the
latest setback, but wouldn’t divulge what was discussed.
”It’s been a bad road trip, and we are not off to the start
we’d like, for sure,” Wedge said. ”But we have the players in
there to be a good team, and that is what bothers me more than
anything. We just have to peck away and get this thing turned
Joe Saunders (1-3) had a second straight rough outing, with the
Astros getting to him for 11 hits and eight runs in five-plus
innings. He has given up 20 hits and 15 runs in his last two
”Just a bad day. That is all I care to say,” Saunders said.
”We’ll just turn the page on it, go get them next time and forget
about this one.”
Carter opened the second inning with a drive to left field to
make it 1-0. He is tied for the team lead with five homers, but
Wednesday was his first at Minute Maid Park.
”I was just like: `Finally, I hit a ball here,’ because I’ve
done everything on the road,” he said. ”It feels good to hit one
here in front of the fans.”
Grossman collected his first major league hit on a ground-rule
double with one out in the third. Grossman was recalled from
Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after Justin Maxwell went
on the disabled list with a broken hand.
Carter drew a walk with one out in the fourth before a single by
Carlos Corporan. Cedeno then hit a drive to left for his first
homer of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0.
Grossman led off the fifth with another double and scored on
Laird’s one-out double.
Harrell retired eight in a row before Dustin Ackley singled with
one out in the fifth. But Robert Andino then grounded into a double
The Mariners got on the board in the sixth. Endy Chavez and Kyle
Seager opened the inning with consecutive singles, and Chavez
scored when Kendrys Morales grounded into a double play.
Michael Morse singled before second baseman Jose Altuve ended
the inning with a slick defensive play. He made a diving stop on a
grounder hit by Justin Smoak and flipped over to make the throw to
first from a near sitting position.
Smoak hit a solo homer in the ninth inning.
NOTES: Seager has a career-high 13-game hitting streak. … The
Mariners return home on Thursday to open a four-game series against
the Angels. Seattle’s Brandon Maurer will oppose Garrett Richards.
… Houston travels to Boston where Philip Humber will face Red Sox
RHP Clay Buchholz. … Wedge said before the game that Andino would
replace Brendan Ryan as the starting shortstop for now. Ryan is a
solid defender, but has struggled on offense with a .143 average
and is just 1 for his last 25. … Seattle OF Michael Saunders, who
is on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, could go
out for a rehabilitation assignment as soon as Friday.