(1090 The Fan / Sports Network) – The Seattle Mariners will do everything they can to snap their current six-game losing streak on Thursday when they open a four-game set with the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Mariners suffered a similar fate at the hands of the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, culminating with a 12-4 shellacking on Thursday at Safeco Field.
Hernandez has struggled against the Rangers this year, but the nine runs he surrendered (eight earned) in just three-plus innings was unexpected.
Tonight Seattle gives the ball to right hander Erasmo Ramirez, who is 4-1 with a 5.44 ERA. Ramirez suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday to the Angels, despite a decent showing that saw him surrender two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. In fact, his only real mistake was a Mike Trout two-run home run.
Houston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jordan Lyles, who has come out of the bullpen of late for the Astros and earned a save in his last appearance on Monday in Chicago.
Lyles, though, has won his last two starts and is 6-6 on the year with a 5.44 ERA.
Houston owns the worst record in the majors at 44-88 and enters this series having lost three of four.
Despite the Astros roughing up the Mariners in the early part of the season, Seattle has won seven of 12 overall — which includes winning five of the last six matchups.
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