Mariners Getting Close to Rock Bottom-Lose Eighth Straight
The Seattle Mariners made another journeyman pitcher look like Cy Young. Tuesday night Collin McHugh, who had never won a major league baseball game, who had an 0-8 record beat the Mariners. McHugh struck out a career-high 12 and did not allow a run as the Astros beat the Mariners 5-2 for the Mariners eighth straight loss
McHugh (1-0), called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts. The right-hander didn't walk a batter, giving up three hits in 6 2-3 shutout innings.
Josh Fields, who was once a first round draft pick of the Mariners, pitched the ninth for his second save. The Astros have won six straight against the Mariners.
Justin Smoak provided Seattle's only offense with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Mariners extended their losing streak to eight games.
The Mariners (7-13) are now just a half game ahead of last place Houston (7-14).