MLB Game Recap - Seattle at Houston
Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

NYM
2
PHI
6
F
WSH
6
BAL
5
F
ATL
4
MIA
0
F
CLE
8
DET
5
F
SEA
2
HOU
3
F
KC
2
MIN
4
F
STL
2
CHW
7
F
MIL
6
CHC
5
F
TEX
6
COL
10
F
OAK
15
SF
3
F
TB
7
TOR
5
F
SD
4
ARI
5
F
LAD
8
LAA
3
F
BOS
2
NYY
4
F
PIT
CIN
PPD

August 16, 2020 2:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Seattle (7-16)

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

1

Houston (11-10)

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

7

0

W: Pressly (1-1)

L: Swanson (0-2)

SEA - HR: none

HOU - HR: Tucker (2)

Tucker hits game-ending homer as Astros sweep Mariners 3-2
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:13 PM

HOUSTON (AP) Kyle Tucker hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Tucker drove a 96-mph fastball from Erik Swanson (0-2) deep to right for his first career game-ending homer.

"It was more of a relief for me," Tucker said. "I put a good swing on the ball and hit the ball well for the first time in a while, it seems like. Hopefully, I can build off of that."

Tucker entered Sunday hitting .192 with just one home run in 73 at-bats.

Houston also got a terrific effort from its bullpen in its fifth win in six games overall. The Astros won for the 24th time in their last 26 games against the Mariners.

Andre Scrubb, Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor and Ryan Pressly (1-0) combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Lance McCullers Jr.

Seattle wasted a solid performance by Justus Sheffield, who allowed one earned run and six hits in six innings. Kyle Lewis had two hits and drove in a run.

"Disappointing end to a well-pitched game," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Sheffield pitched a great game. Got some great innings out of the bullpen but the pitch at the end costs us. We couldn't get much going offensively."

Houston jumped in front when George Springer drove in Abraham Toro with an opposite-field single in the second.

Seattle responded with two in the third. Joseph Odom got his first career hit with an RBI single just under the glove of first baseman Yuli Gurriel, driving in Evan White. Odom scored on Lewis' single.

Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who turned 34 on Sunday, singled in Tucker in the fourth, tying it at 2.

McCullers allowed three hits and walked three in 5 2/3 innings. He has allowed just two runs and four hits over 12 1/3 innings in his last two starts after being tagged for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a shaky performance at Arizona.

Houston third baseman Alex Bregman reached for the 21st straight game with a single in the first. Dating to last season, his on-base streak of 37 games is the MLB's longest active streak.

The Mariners have lost five straight.

Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, ending his 21-game streak of reaching safely.

QUITE A BIRTHDAY

After his single in the fourth, Maldonado swiped second for his first steal since 2016 and his third career stolen base in 735 games. He also cut down White when he attempted to steal second in the seventh.

"He's a pleasant guy to be around and he loves playing," manager Dusty Baker said. "That was a heck of a birthday present he gave himself and gave us."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday with neck spasms, is feeling much better and likely will make his next start in the rotation rather than rush back and risk additional injury, Servais said.

Astros: DH Yordan Alvarez was scratched with right knee discomfort. Alvarez made his 2020 debut on Friday after recovering from COVID-19, homering in his first at-bat. ... After placing OF Michael Brantley (right quad) on the 10-day injured list, the Astros recalled INF Jack Mayfield from their alternate training site.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 4.85 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the year on Monday against the Dodgers.

Astros: RHP Brandon Bielak (2-0, 1.76 ERA) will start Monday against Colorado. The rookie has allowed just three earned runs in the first 14 1/3 innings of his career.

Pitchers of Record

Seattle IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
E. Swanson (L, 0-2) 0.1 1 1 0 1 27.00 3.000
Houston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Pressly (W, 1-1) 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Seattle AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
D. Moore 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.3
K. Lewis 4 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 1.0
Houston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Maldonado 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 1.5
K. Tucker 4 1 2 1 1 0 4 0 1.0

Team Comparison

SEA HOU
At Bats 29 33
Hits 4 7
Batting Average .138 .212
On Base Percentage .306 .235
Slugging Percentage 0.172 0.303
Doubles 1 0
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 5 10
Walks 6 1
Strikeouts 12 9
Stolen Bases 1 1
Caught Stealing 2 0
Runners Left On Base 7 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/7 2/5
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 1 0

2020 Regular Season - HOU Leads Series 6-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Jul 24 SEA 2 @ HOU 8 J. Verlander M. Gonzales
Sat Jul 25 SEA 2 @ HOU 7 L. McCullers Jr. T. Walker
Sun Jul 26 SEA 7 @ HOU 6 D. Altavilla C. Devenski
Mon Jul 27 SEA 5 @ HOU 8 B. Bielak K. Graveman
Fri Aug 14 SEA 1 @ HOU 11 F. Valdez N. Cortes
Sat Aug 15 SEA 1 @ HOU 2 C. Javier N. Margevicius
Sun Aug 16 SEA 2 @ HOU 3 R. Pressly E. Swanson

Game Information

Stadium: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:56
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?