(1090 The Fan) — The Mariners will give the ball to lefty Joe Saunders on Tuesday to try and prevent the Mariners from giving up a home series to the Houston Astros.

Saunders had a rough August: 6.00 ERA with a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 0.63. His start this past Thursday (his first of September), wasn’t pretty either — he surrendered three runs (all earned) in 4.2 innings. He was yanked because his pitch count was already at 103.

Needless to say, Saunders needs to get back to being “Safeco Joe” in a hurry.

Jordan Lyles gets the nod Tuesday for Houston and owns a 6-7 record to go along with a 5.08 ERA in 24 games (22 starts). The right-handed Lyles has allowed three runs in each of his last two outings and is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners.

Seattle has won 10 of 17 matchups with Houston this season and had a six-game winning streak in this series stopped on Sept. 1 at Minute Maid Park.

Read last night’s recap: Bullpen Implodes Again, Seattle Falls Again

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