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Preview: Astros (42-59) at Mariners (52-49)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: September 10, 2013 10:10 PM EDT
  

Despite being without their lone All-Star again, the Houston Astros used strong pitching and a late rally for a series-opening victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Houston hopes Jordan Lyles' recent run of solid outings continues Tuesday night as the club seeks just its fourth series victory since the All-Star break in Seattle.

As far out of contention as the Mariners (65-79) are, the Astros (48-96) trail them by 17 games. However, they used five pitchers to limit Seattle to five hits in a 6-4 victory Monday.

Catcher Jason Castro - the club's on-base plus slugging leader at .835 - missed his second game in a row with a sore right knee, but it was Jonathan Villar providing a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth. Abraham Almonte had put the Mariners ahead, 3-2, with his first career homer in the seventh inning in front of 9,808, the lowest announced attendance in Safeco Field history.

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Castro hasn't caught since aggravating a cyst a week ago and is considered day-to-day, according to the team's official website.

Lyles (6-7, 5.08 ERA) has been credited with quality starts in three of his last four starts, though he's been susceptible to the home run, allowing six in 19 2-3 innings. All three runs he allowed over 6 1-3 innings of a 6-5 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday came on Alex Presley's homer, concluding a 13-pitch at-bat.

"You're just trying to make the next pitch go over the plate" Lyles told the team's official website. "He's pretty much seen everything you have up to that point, so hopefully he rolls over it or pops it up, but he put a good swing on it and put the ball on the barrel."

Lyles was roughed up in a 12-5 loss to Seattle on July 21, allowing a career-high 10 runs and eight hits in four innings. He limited the Mariners to three runs over 13 innings in two other matchups this year.

He'll be opposed by Joe Saunders (11-13, 4.95), who has had difficulty pitching deep into games. He failed to make it through the sixth inning for the fourth time in six outings in a 7-6 loss at Kansas City on Thursday. He yielded 11 hits and three runs, all of which were scored in the fifth of a 4 2-3-inning effort.

"Nothing changed," Saunders said of the fifth. "I made some good pitches. It was just tough to get the last out."

Saunders is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA over four starts versus Houston this year. He threw 6 1-3 innings of a 3-0 victory in the lone matchup in Seattle on April 8.

Matt Dominguez - who is 2 for 20 over his last five games - is 5 for 11 off Saunders, while Brandon Barnes is 6 for 9.

Mariners rookie Nick Franklin did not start Sunday's game versus Tampa Bay after colliding with Justin Smoak on Saturday, but was 1 for 3 Monday and is 4 for 9 off Lyles with two homers.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Astros at Mariners
Mon, Sep 9 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Astros at Mariners
Tue, Sep 10 Final 13 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Astros at Mariners
Wed, Sep 11 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +140   -160   8 
 SEA  -150   +140   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU  +137   -155   8.5 
 SEA  -152   +135   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 HOU         
 SEA         
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 6 Cover: +150 
 SEA 4 Over: 10 
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 Sep 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 0 Under: 2 
 HOU 2 Cover: +140 
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 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +105 
 HOU 1 Under: 4 
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 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 7 Cover: +100 
 HOU 1 Under: 8 
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 Aug 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 3 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Under: 5 
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 Jul 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 12 Cover: +100 
 HOU 5 Over: 17 
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 Jul 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 4 Cover: +100 
 HOU 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 SEA 10 Cover: +100 
 HOU 7 Over: 17 
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 Jun 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 6 Cover: +124 
 SEA 1 Under: 7 
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 Jun 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 HOU 0 Under: 4 
 SEA 4 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Sep 10
 
    Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Astros at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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