Notes, boxscore and postgame video from Scott Servais and Robinson Cano following the Mariners' 11-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
The Mariners remain atop the American League West standings for another day with an 11-1 rout of the Houston Astros on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Nate Karns had his best outing of the season, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing two hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Robinson Cano drove in six runs, including a seventh inning grand slam. He also had a mental mistake and forgot the number of outs in the top of the seventh. He discusses it all on the video below.
Video of Robinson Cano discussing his night
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The opposing view … ASTROS MANAGER A.J. HINCH:
On Keuchel’s performance …
“Yeah, he was very good early. Really only ran into trouble in the inning where they scored four. We just couldn’t get the inning to stop. A couple of singles, a couple of doubles, and the next thing you know they put up some big swings. We had the one play that got away from us, with the 2-out base hit. All-in-all it ended up being an ugly game, but it wasn’t an ugly start for Dallas. I was happy with what he did, obviously that inning got away from him.”
On having trouble getting hits tonight …
“Well we couldn’t solve Karns’ breaking ball. We knew going in he was going to be predominantly breaking ball first with a high fastball and occasional change. So the game plan we thought he was going to go against us, he did. We didn’t make an adjustment against his breaking ball, and he had a good one. He’s a good pitcher, especially when he gets his breaking ball over for strikes early and doesn’t rely as heavily on fastballs then it makes him a tough pitcher.”
- Seattle is 9-3 in the last 12 games following a 5-game losing streak. … Seattle has won 3 straight at home after starting season 0-5 at Safeco Field.
- Seattle leads the American League West by half a game over Oakland and Texas.
- Seattle has won four straight series for the first time since Aug. 5-17, 2014. vs. ATL (2-0), vs. CWS (3-1), vs. TOR (3-0) & at DET (2-1).
- Seattle starters have gone 7.0+ innings in each of the last 5 starts. In the last 5 starts are 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA (10 ER, 36.1 IP) with 27 strikeouts.
- Nathan Karns tossed a career-high tying 7.0 innings (5th time, last: July 4, 2015 at NYY). Tossed 7.0 shutout frames for the 2nd time in his career (also: Sept. 12, 2014 at TOR). In 2 career starts against Houston, has a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts.
- Robinson Canó had a two-run single in the 5th inning, his 999th and 1,000th career RBI. At 1,708 career games, he’s the 5th fastest second baseman to reach the mark. Tony Lazzeri (1,417), Jeff Kent (1,486), Bobby Doerr (1,552) & Charlie Gehringer (1,593).
- Canó recorded 6 RBI, matching a career high (also: Aug. 22, 2010 vs. SEA & Oct. 3, 2012 vs. BOS).
- Canó hit a grand slam in the 7th inning, his 10th career slam and his first since Aug. 1, 2012 vs. Baltimore).
- Ketel Marte tied a career-high with 3 hits (6th time, last: April 6, 2016 at TEX). Extended his hitting streak to 6 games, hitting .400 (10×25) with 6 runs, 3 doubles and 2 RBI.
- The Mariners are 8-0 when scoring 4 or more runs in 2016, but are 3-9 when scoring 3 or less.
- Houston has lost each of their last 3 series and 6 of 7 series this season. Have lost all four road series this season (at NYY, at MIN, at TEX & at SEA).
- Dallas Keuchel has allowed at least 5 runs in each of the last 2 games (11 total). Had not allowed 5+ runs in consecutive games since June 22 & July 4, 2014.
- Keuchel is now 4-5 with a 3.14 ERA (22 ER, 63.0 IP) with 60 strikeouts in 10 G/9 GS vs. Seattle. Has allowed 5 runs in two of his last 3 starts against Seattle. Keuchel is now 2-3 at Safeco Field with a 3.34 ERA (13 ER, 35.0 IP) in 6 games/5 starts.
- Colby Rasmus (1×4) has reached base safely in 18 of 21 games this season.
- George Springer extended his hitting streak to 6 games. During the streak is hitting .308 (8×26) with 3 runs, 3 doubles and 2 RBI. Springer (1×4) has reached base safely in each of his last 12 games. Over that stretch, Springer is hitting .327 (16×49) with 8 R, 3 2B, 3 HR and 6 RBI.
- Carlos Correa went hitless, snapping his 7-game hitting streak. During the streak, he hit .348 (8×23) with 4 runs and 2 doubles.