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Mariners Preview: The Six-Game Losing Streak Must Snap

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Erasmo Ramirez  has seen his command and stuff suffer in 2014. Why has that occurred? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Erasmo Ramirez has seen his command and stuff suffer in 2014. Why has that occurred? (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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(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.

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Sports Network contributed to this report.)

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