User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Astros fall short in 3-1 loss to Mariners

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel held the Seattle Mariners without an extra-base hit in seven innings.

Advertisement
And he took the loss.

Keuchel got off to a rough start, and the Astros couldn't recover en route to a 3-1 loss against the Mariners on Saturday night.

Seattle jumped on Keuchel for three runs in the first inning. Kendrys Morales had a run-scoring infield hit before Keuchel issued consecutive walks to Raul Ibanez and Nick Franklin to force home another run. Dustin Ackley then made it 3-0 with a grounder that brought home Morales.

Seattle entered the game 1-9 when failing to get an extra-base hit.

Keuchel was able to recover after the first inning.

``It was very interesting,'' Keuchel said. ``I thought there were a couple of plays that were close, but I think that just about sums up our season. I couldn't dwell on those because otherwise, I would have been in a world of hurt. I got out of it and gave us a chance to win.''

Keuchel struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed four hits and walked two.

``They just happened to hit them in the field where we couldn't make a play,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ``But after that tough first inning, Keuchel settled in and went six strong after that. It was pretty impressive.''

While Keuchel was able to overcome a sluggish start, the Astros' offense remained quiet.

Seattle starter Joe Saunders pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly a month, giving the Mariners their third consecutive victory after coming to Houston losers of six in a row.

Saunders (11-13) allowed an unearned run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first win since Aug. 4 at Baltimore. The left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his previous four starts.

Keuchel took accountability for the loss, not blaming the offense.

``The fact and the matter is I let three runs score in the first, and that made the difference,'' Keuchel said.

Kyle Seager had two hits for the Mariners. They will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound Sunday when they go for a series sweep.

Matt Dominguez and Brandon Barnes had two hits apiece for Houston, which has lost five straight and is headed for its third straight 100-loss season.

The last time Barnes faced Saunders, he hit for the cycle.

``He's got a good changeup, so if I can see the ball up and try to make him throw his fastball over the plate, I have a good chance of getting some hits off of him,'' Barnes said. ``I think it's just a comfort level thing, where he's just one of those guys I feel comfortable against.''

After Saunders left the game, Carter Capps and Yoervis Medina each pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings before Danny Farquhar finished for his 11th save.

Houston had a chance to get back in the game in the second. Dominguez led off with a single and Chris Carter then walked before Barnes grounded into a double play. The Astros loaded the bases on two walks, but rookie Cody Clark bounced into a forceout to end the threat.

``We just can't seem to be able to get the big hit,'' Porter said. ``We've had plenty of opportunities and have had men in scoring position, but it just seems like the big hit is avoiding us at this point. We haven't been able to deliver that big hit to get us out of the rut that we're in, from an offensive standpoint.''

The Astros scored in the fourth when Barnes singled with one out and scored on an error by Franklin at second.

NOTES: Mariners SS Brad Miller has reached safely in 12 consecutive games. ... Astros INF Jake Elmore recorded his first major league steal in the second inning. ... The Mariners lead the season series 10-5, having taken eight of the past nine games. Porter said after the game that the Astros have recalled RHP Jorge De Leon and OF Trevor Crowe from Triple-A Oklahoma City and the two will be active Sunday.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Thursday
Rose: Who's Hot - NL Edition
A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes
Red Sox trade Lackey to Cardinals
D-backs send OF Parra to Brewers
Twins pick up Milone from A's for Fuld
M's acquire OF Denorfia from Padres
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
7-1 Y'day, 20-8 G-Plays, +8,568 TY
6-0 L6 Guarantees, 15-6 L7 Days
5-0 +599 Run, +2,568 This Year
6-1 L3 Days, 27-13 +1,730 L40
15-5 L20 Totals, +2,499 This Year
15-7 +918 L22, +2,573 TY
18-7 L25 Guarantees, +1,795 TY
7-3 L10 Over/Under Plays
2-0 Yesterday, +2,059 Totals TY
7-4 L11 Totals, +2,095 TY
25-14 Last 39 Selections
7-3, +449 L10 Guaranteed Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8568
John Fisher + 2573
Dave Cokin + 2568
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3259
James Manos + 2542
Dave Cokin + 1776
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2464
Matt Zylbert + 2059
Tony Stoffo + 1322
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1448
Doc's Sports + 1237
Kyle Hunter + 976
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3889
Doc's Sports + 1607
Kevin Rogers + 1364
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2292
The Gold Sheet + 1052
Bruce Marshall + 946
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!