SEATTLE — Kyle Lewis hit his second straight homer and Julio Rodriguez had three more hits as the Mariners beat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Saturday night.
The Mariners won their first straight game since their four-game winning streak April 22-26, with Logan Gilbert throwing an impressive four-hitter in seven innings.
The two relievers had five hits in Seattle’s first suspension of the season. Houston was held to 3s or fewer for the eighth time in 12 games.
Gilbert (5-2) played seven innings for the third straight game, but won for the first time since May 1 against Miami. In his last three games, the second-year right-winger has a total of six wins and 18 strikeouts in 21 innings.
“His continued growth, his confidence when he takes the mound, is as high as anyone in the league right now, and it should be,” Seattle manager Scott Servis said. “He’s got great stuff, he’s got a great understanding of what he’s doing on the court, and he’s super aggressive and aggressive. I love watching him pitch.”
Gilbert retired his last 11 hitters.
“Just trying to be successful,” he said. “That’s the main thing we’re preaching here. I’m doing a good job. Just work out the numbers and mix them up, give them a different look. That’s the main thing.”
Gilbert’s performance was the first time a Seattle pitcher has thrown seven innings all season.
“You put that guy ahead like this, and he has a lot of weapons to use against you,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “We hit some on the nose and didn’t find any holes. They found every hole.”
After taking a 1-0 lead in Game 1 of JP Crawford’s RBI single, Seattle added two more points in Game 2 thanks to a long homer from Lewis on the left Clanking in front of the stands, expected 420 feet.
The homer was Lewis’ second of the season. His first came on Friday against Justin Verlander, one of four that the Astros ace gave up.
“He brings more fear to our squad,” France said. “We played really well from 1 to 9 and it helped us all to get him back. We knew we had another guy who could go out and do damage at any time.”
Eugenio Suarez had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Mariners added two more on Ty France’s two-pointer in the fifth. France had two hits and extended his streak to 10.
“We were able to do this all year, and it finally came together,” France said. “I told you before we got close, I think the last few days have shown what kind of team we really are.”
Houston starter José Urquidy failed to make it through the fifth inning after allowing Rodriguez to single and was pulled after 4 2/3 innings. The hit was Rodriguez’s third and fourth of the night.
Urquidy (4-2) allowed 12 hits and five winning runs, with two walks and four strikeouts. It was the second time this season that he has allowed 12 hits in a game — the other coming against Boston on May 17.
Mariners: RHP Ken Gilles (finger), his scheduled triple-A Tacoma rehab outing rained Saturday, likely between Tacoma and A-Class Everett ahead of his season debut Take four or five outings. … RHP Erik Swanson (elbow) threw a bullpen in his recovery from right elbow inflammation. … INF Abraham Toro (shoulder) is scheduled to be sent off for rehab early next week if he continues to improve from a sprained left shoulder.
Astros: Kyle Tucker was removed in Game 6 due to foot discomfort. Baker said Tucker would conduct more tests on Sunday, but the move was precautionary.
Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (3-3, 3.38 ERA) will try to break a two-game losing streak. In his last start, Garcia had 4 runs (2 allowed) and 5 hits in a 6-1 loss to Cleveland.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-4, 3.74) on track for his third straight start. Gonzalez allowed 5 runs and 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings last out in a 7-6 win over Oakland.
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