Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore and video of Scott Servais following the Mariners' 8-1 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

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From the opposing clubhouse: Astros’ manager AJ Hinch.

On thoughts about the game: “It’s a hard one to describe because I don’t know how many games we’ve ever seen where you have that many free passes, that many strikeouts, that many double plays.  I mean I think we only got five outs on defense that weren’t strikeouts or a double play so as much as the score, we’d separated ourselves with the grand slam, it never felt particularly good for us.  So it was nice to see our team pull away, it was really nice to see Collin McHugh and Devenski and Sipp get out of some jams that could have changed the game.  First jam we were in, Seager’s ball was a couple feet foul otherwise it’s a completely different game.  So fun win to say the least, but a unique way to do it.”

On how McHugh was getting out of tough situations: “Finishing at-bats were big.  I mean the strikeouts were huge for him.  When he had guys on third and less than two outs he found ways to strike some guys out, some pretty good hitters out too.  The finish fastball was good, the breaking ball you know as he started to feel for it after he hit a guy, he also threw a couple in the dirt.  He found a way to gather himself a little bit and find the strike zone with his pitches.  Wasn’t the most efficient outing but you look up and he throws six scoreless, that’s as good an outing as we could have expected based on how it started.”

On Altuve taking to the DH position: “No, he’s not going to DH that much.  I mean the elusive fifth hit is hard for him. That’s a funny thing to say because the first four aren’t very easy for anyone but Altuve.  But he enjoys the DH days when he gets hits, like every hitter does, but he’ll be back at second base.”

 

MARINERS NOTES:

Leonys Martin (0x2, 2 BB) recorded his 6th multi-walk game of the season, his 2nd in his last 5 games (also: 7/9 at KC)…entered the season with 3 career multi-walk games.

  • Has reached base safely at least twice in 5 consecutive games (7/9 – c).
  • Over his last 5 games, is batting .333 (5×15) with 3 runs, 1 double, 1 triple and 6 walks.

Mike Montgomery struck out a season-best 7 batters this afternoon.

  • 4th time in career to strike out 7+ (last: 9, July 17, 2015 at NYY).
  • Struck out a career best 10 on June 23, 2015 vs. KC).

Shawn O’Malley singled in his only at-bat after entering game as defensive replacement.

  • Over last 17 games is hitting .367 (11×30) with 3 runs, 4 doubles and 4 RBI.

Seth Smith reached base safely 3 times on a double and 2 walks.

  • Since June 18, is hitting .329 (23×70) with 2 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 RBI.

 

ASTROS NOTES:

The Astros have won 6 of last 7 games vs. the Mariners and 9 of their last 11 on the road.

Jose Altuve has reached base safely in 32 consecutive road games, including at least 1 hit in 30 games (4//30-current)…during that stretch is batting .461 (59×128) with 24 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 24 RBI, 2 HBP, 14 walks and 8 stolen bases.

  • Altuve has hit safely in 16 consecutive road games since June 8, batting .492 (32×65) with 14 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home run, 12 RBI, 1 HBP, 5 walks and 5 stolen bases.
  • Has hit safely in 11 of 13 games vs. Seattle this season, batting .438 (21×48) with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBI, 6 walks and 5 stolen bases.
  • Jose Altuve (4×5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI) recorded his 5th 4-hit game of the season, 17th of his career (last: 6/29 at LAA).

Collin McHugh went 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 10.

  • Equaled a season-high with 10 strikeouts (also: 5/25 vs. BAL).
  • Matched a season-high 4 walks (also: 7/3 vs. CWS).

Carlos Gomez (1×4, R, HR, 4 RBI) hit his 2nd career grand slam in the 7th inning (also: 7/5/15 at CIN).

  • It was the 5th grand slam of the season for the Astros.
  • Recorded a season-high 4 RBI.

Marwin Gonzalez (2×5, 3 R, 2 2B, SB) has recorded 2 or more hits in 6 of last 8 games against the Mariners, batting .394 (13×33) with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 HR and 1 stolen base during that span.

 

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