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Astros beat Mariners 4-0 to avoid series sweep

Seattle still takes 3 of 4 games from visiting Houston

By SHANE LANTZ, Associated Press
Published: May 30, 2024, 4:16pm
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Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez can't catch a long fly ball hit by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman for a triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodríguez can't catch a long fly ball hit by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman for a triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 30, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Spencer Arrighetti allowed two hits over six shutout innings to help the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday and avoid a four-game series sweep.

Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the fourth against Mariners starter Logan Gilbert (3-3). Kyle Tucker led off the inning with a single and Bregman put Houston up by a pair of runs with a shot that barely cleared the left-field wall.

“I thought it was for sure a double over his head, but when I hit it I knew I squared it up pretty good,” Bregman said. “Fortunately it snuck over.”

Bregman added a triple in the sixth inning that just escaped the grasp of a leaping Julio Rodríguez in center field, and scored on a groundball to second base from catcher Victor Caratini to give Houston a four-run lead.

Caratini also hit a solo homer in the fifth against Gilbert, who allowed four earned runs and eight hits over six innings of work.

While the Astros found success against Gilbert, the Mariners offense couldn’t do much against Arrighetti (3-5), who allowed just a pair of singles while issuing three walks.

“I feel like there was a lot of at-bats that I kind of threw some really bad waste pitches, which I’m not really a fan of, ” Arrighetti said. “But I was able to keep fighting and stay in it, and so I’m really happy that we were able to put some runs up, had some great swings from the hitters today, and I was able to give us a chance.”

Rafael Montero, Ryan Pressly, and Josh Hader each pitched one scoreless inning in relief of Arrighetti, who struck out a career-high eight Mariners hitters.

“He believes in his stuff,” Astros manager Joe Espada said. “He can go and execute his pitches, he knows where to go, getting swings and misses. I thought him and Caratini did a really good job executing the game plan.”

Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford had a highlight-reel play in the seventh, when he dove for a groundball off the bat of Mauricio Dubón and flipped it with his glove to second baseman Dylan Moore, who threw to first for the out.

The Mariners are now 14-6 against Houston since the start of the 2023 season.

“I thought overall, the series, it was very competitive and the games were close,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We didn’t do a whole lot offensively, but we pitched outstanding. Today, we needed to pick up our pitching a little bit offensively, and we were not able to do it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners OF Luke Raley was out of the lineup on Thursday because of lat soreness.

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ASTROS 4, MARINERS 0

Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Altuve 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .292
Tucker dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 .266
Alvarez lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .273
McCormick rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212
Peña ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .302
Bregman 3b 4 2 2 2 0 0 .218
Meyers cf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .290
Caratini c 4 1 1 2 0 0 .257
J.Abreu 1b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .111
Dubón rf-lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .316
Totals 35 4 9 4 1 5
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crawford ss 2 0 0 0 2 0 .208
Rojas 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .275
Rodríguez cf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .268
Raleigh c 4 0 0 0 0 3 .205
France 1b 4 0 2 0 0 2 .249
Canzone lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .190
Haniger rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .218
Garver dh 3 0 0 0 0 2 .166
Moore 2b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .229
Totals 30 0 4 0 3 12
Houston 000 211 000—4 9 0
Seattle 000 000 000—0 4 0

LOB—Houston 5, Seattle 7. 2B—Alvarez (11). 3B—Bregman (1). HR—Bregman (6), off Gilbert; Caratini (3), off Gilbert. RBI—Bregman 2 (25), Caratini 2 (14). SB—Crawford (1). CS—Meyers (2).

Runners left in scoring position—Houston 2 (Peña, Alvarez); Seattle 2 (Raleigh, Haniger). RISP—Houston 1 for 5; Seattle 0 for 3.

Runners moved up—Peña. GIDP—Canzone.

DP—Houston 1 (Altuve, Peña, J.Abreu).

Houston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Arrighetti, W, 3-5 6 2 0 0 3 8 90 5.98
Montero 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 3.04
Pressly 1 0 0 0 0 1 16 5.06
Hader 1 2 0 0 0 2 19 3.81
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Gilbert, L, 3-3 6 8 4 4 1 5 100 3.29
Snead 3 1 0 0 0 0 32 3.52

HBP—Arrighetti (Moore).

Umpires—Home, Chris Segal; First, Larry Vanover; Second, David Rackley; Third, Nate Tomlinson.

T—2:23. A—25,527 (47,929).

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