The Seattle Mariners remain a club with significant upside, despite fewer spots in the everyday lineup occupied by young, developing players.
Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning Tuesday night to lift Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory over Seattle.
Robbie Ross failed to get through two innings, and two more pitchers made their major league debuts as Texas lost its sixth consecutive game, 10-2 to the wild card-contending Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
The Seattle Mariners look to build some momentum in Texas as they chase the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card hunt.
Roenis Elias labored through five innings, struggling to find his command, and Seattle dropped the opener of a three-game set against the Texas Rangers on Monday night, 2-0.
Mariners rookie Roenis Elias (9-10) gave up one run and three hits in four innings
Left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will start in Monday’s Mariners game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dustin Ackley had the first of a team-high four RBI in the first with a solo home run, and Endy Chavez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager added two-run shots in the 13-3 victory.
Command problems plagued Roenis Elias in an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, and he was lifted after a career-low 3 1-3 innings.
The Seattle Mariners take their hot streak to Chicago to take on the White Sox in a three-game weekend series.