Álvarez, Astros slug their way to 12-3 win over Mariners

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HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Álvarez homered and had four RBIs as the Houston Astros jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and cruised to a 12-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Álvarez and Jake Meyers hit two-run homers off Kikuchi (7-7) as he tied a career-high by allowing seven runs in a season-low 2 2/3 innings.

Martín Maldonado and Yuli Gurriel also homered, and Carlos Correa and José Altuve each hit a triple to help Houston win its second straight after dropping the previous four.

Lance McCullers Jr. (10-4) permitted five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts to get the win after losing his past two starts.

Kyle Seager and Ty France hit solo homers for the Mariners, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

There was one on and one out in the first when Correa hit his first triple of the season to make it 1-0. Álvarez followed with a ground out to score Correa.

Chas McCormick walked with one out in the second before the homer by Meyers.

Correa opened Houston’s third with a single, before Álvarez’s home run to center field made it 6-0. The Astros went back-to-back when Gurriel connected on his home run to left center.

Aledmys Díaz doubled and Kikuchi walked Maldonado with two outs to end his night.

There were two outs in the fourth when the Mariners got on the board with Seager’s soaring shot to the second deck in right field.

There were runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the inning when Álvarez hit a ball to left field that a fan reached over the front row to grab, resulting in a ground-rule double because of fan interference. The crew chief called for a review and the call was upheld. Michael Brantley scored on the play to make it 8-1, and Houston added another run on a single by Gurriel. There was one out in the inning when Álvarez scored on a sacrifice fly by McCormick to leave Houston up 10-1.

Maldonado launched his homer off Erik Swanson with no outs in the fifth. Altuve followed with a triple and scored on a groundout by Brantley to pad the lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Casey Sadler was placed on the paternity list on Friday and will miss the series. RHP Yohan Ramirez was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place on the roster.

Astros: 3B Alex Bregman resumed his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night after an almost two-week pause. Bregman, who has been out since June 17 with a strained left quadriceps, homered with four RBIs in seven innings. Manager Dusty Baker said he didn’t know how many games Bregman would need before he can return to Houston.

UP NEXT

Houston’s Jake Odorizzi (5-6, 4.74 ERA) opposes Logan Gilbert (5-4, 4.42) when the series continues Saturday.

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Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

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