SEATTLE (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched eight keen innings, rookie Taylor Jones drove within the splendid bustle and the depleted Houston Astros ended a six-game losing scuttle, edging the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Saturday night.
Greinke allowed four hits and walked none. He struck out six, two of them on 67 mph curveballs.
Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his first place.
Jones, from shut by Kent, Washington, hit an RBI single with two outs within the fourth. He’s been pressed into carrier after five Astros – in conjunction with starters José Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez – had been moved to the injured list due to COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday.
Greinke, a six-time Gold Glove, made an even defensive play within the fifth when he gathered in J.P. Crawford’s laborious grounder, freezing two runners on heinous, then threw to third to open a double play.
Greinke completed the sport with 2,705 occupation strikeouts. His teammate, Justin Verlander (18th at 3,013), and the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer (22nd at 2,808) are the splendid active gamers sooner than him on the occupation list.
Chris Flexen (1-1) picked up the loss as Houston snapped Seattle’s three-game winning scuttle. He allowed 10 hits through six innings, placing out three without a walks.
Astros: Supervisor Dusty Baker stated starting up pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. would possibly perhaps perhaps no longer originate his scheduled open April 21 at Colorado due to the lingering results of his COVID-19 vaccine.
“He’s feeling better, but he’s composed no longer 100 p.c,” Baker stated. “Within the occasion you’re no longer 100 p.c and having trouble respiratory, Colorado is not any longer the residing to earn your breath relieve.”
Baker had no novel update on the five gamers who had been placed on the injured list due to COVID-19 protocols, but did relate he now does no longer request them to play throughout the end of Houston’s five-game avenue time out to Seattle and Colorado. The crew returns home April 22.
Mariners: Supervisor Scott Servais called a Saturday informational meeting with Dr. Vin Gupta “improbable” and “very impactful,” and hopes Seattle will attain an 85 p.c vaccination price, the level at which MLB officials will quiet down some restrictions. Gupta, who grew to change into a lope-to tv persona within the future of the pandemic, is Amazon’s indispensable scientist and a professor of health metrics sciences on the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Analysis.
Astros: LHP Blake Taylor will lope to the 10-day injured list, Baker stated. Taylor rolled his appropriate ankle while attempting to originate a scoop-toss originally heinous on a chopper from Taylor Trammell in Friday night’s 6-5 loss to the Mariners. It was his seventh look of the season, tied for the crew lead.
“With a chunk of luck he’s a handy guide a rough healer due to we desire him,” Baker stated.
Taylor will be changed on the roster by RHP Peter Solomon, a projected starting up pitcher who likely will now originate his fundamental league debut out of the bullpen. Baker stated Solomon pitched out of the bullpen in college and held closing responsibilities to boot, and doesn’t imagine he’ll fight within the function. Solomon had Tommy John surgical operation in 2019 and didn’t pitch final season.
Astros: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50) closes out the Seattle sequence after he gave up five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings in his season-opening look Tuesday at Detroit.
Mariners: LHP Reduce Margevicius (0-1, 7.04) returns to the mound after giving up six runs (two earned) in a loss to Baltimore on Tuesday.
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