MLB: Houston Astros Lose 7-6 to Seattle Mariners, Announce Justin Verlander Injury

MLB: Houston Astros Lose 7-6 to Seattle Mariners, Announce Justin Verlander Injury

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The Houston Astros surrendered a tiebreaking two-run single to rookie Kyle Lewis in the eighth inning of a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, and then announced ace Justin Verlander will be shut down for at least two weeks with a strained right forearm.

Astros manager Dusty Baker denied a report that said the injury would end Verlanders season. He said Verlander would be evaluated after two weeks.

Lewis and Shed Long Jr. each had two hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who had dropped their last 15 games against Houston.

Dan Altavilla (1-0) got the win. Taylor Williams yielded an RBI double to Michael Brantley before striking out Alex Bregman for his first career save.

Martn Maldonado drove in two runs for Houston. Chris Devenski (0-1) got the loss.


PHILADELPHIA Miami scratched right-hander Jos Urea from its victory at Philadelphia and delayed its postgame trip home amid concerns about a possible coronavirus outbreak within the team.

No reason was given for Urea being scratched. Manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins decided to wait until Monday to leave Philadelphia, and they planned to arrive in Miami hours before their home opener against Baltimore. The trip might be made while multiple players remain in Philadelphia.

Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas each hit a three-run homer, and Stephen Tarpley (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jess Aguilar and Corey Dickerson also went deep.

Bryce Harper hit a three-run shot for Philadelphia, and Adam Haseley finished with four hits. Cole Irvin (0-1) got the loss.


CINCINNATI C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Detroit got to Cincinnatis bullpen for the second straight day.

Miguel Cabrera led off with a 10-pitch walk before Cron connected against Michael Lorenzen (0-1), sending an opposite-field drive deep to right.

Jos Cisneros (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win. Joe Jimnez got Joey Votto to bounce into a game-ending double play for his second save in two days.

Cincinnati played without second baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Nick Senzel after each player was scratched. Moustakas was placed on the injured list because he wasnt feeling well, according to manager David Bell. Senzel also reported feeling sick.

The moves came a day after Reds infielder Matt Davidson went on the injured list because he tested positive for the coronavirus.


ARLINGTON Trevor Story homered twice for Colorado after Corey Kluber left his Texas debut with shoulder tightness.

Kluber, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Cleveland, lasted just one inning and 18 pitches in his first start in almost 15 months.

The Rangers said Kluber reported feeling the tightness in the first few pitches and it got worse as the inning progressed. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was examined by a team doctor and will be further evaluated Monday.

Texas slugger Joey Gallo hit the first home run in the clubs new $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium. Joe Palumbo (0-1), who replaced Kluber, got the loss.

Colorados Kyle Freeland (1-0) gave up two runs in six innings. Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.


CLEVELAND More than a year since being stricken with leukemia, Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 in six-plus innings to help Cleveland take two of three in the delayed season-opening series.

Jose Ramrez hit a three-run homer left-handed in the fourth and added a solo shot from the right side in the sixth for the Indians, who finally put some solid swings together against Kansas Citys bullpen.

With his rotation currently thin due to pitchers testing positive for COVID-19, Royals manager Mike Matheny started reliever Ronald Bolaos (0-1), who gave up two runs in the first and took the loss.

Carrasco allowed two runs and five hits before he was lifted after allowing a leadoff double in the seventh. It was his first start since his recovery from chronic myeloid leukemia, a blood disorder that threatened his life.


OAKLAND Shohei Ohtani failed to record an out in the two-way stars return to the mound, allowing the first six Oakland batters to reach base.

The right-hander from Japan gave up Marcus Semiens leadoff single and three straight walks before a mound visit and Mark Canhas two-run single. Robbie Grossman singled in another run, and Angels manager Joe Maddon replaced Ohtani (0-1) with Matt Andriese down 4-0.

The Angels wasted a big day by Mike Trout, who hit a three-run homer in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. David Fletcher wound up with four hits.

Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) worked out of a fifth-inning jam in relief of Mike Fiers for the win, and Liam Hendriks earned a four-out save.


CHICAGO Nelson Cruz homered twice and drove in seven runs, helping Kenta Maeda win his debut with Minnesota.

Jake Cave hit a grand slam in the first inning for Minnesota, which belted a major league-record 307 homers last season. Marwin Gonzalez added a solo shot in the ninth.

Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was acquired in a February trade with the Dodgers, allowed two runs in five innings.

Cruz finished with four hits and scored four times. He went 7 for 13 with 10 RBIs and three home runs in the opening series.

White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lpez (0-1) recorded just two outs before leaving with shoulder tightness. Left fielder Eloy Jimnez also departed early because he was feeling light-headed.

Highly touted rookie Luis Robert hit his first career homer for Chicago.


WASHINGTON Gleyber Torres homered to help the Yankees rally for the victory.

Torres and Luke Voit connected in the seventh, tying it at 2. Torres then singled in Hicks in the eighth against Sean Doolittle (0-1).

Chad Green (1-0) working two innings for the win. Zack Britton got three outs for his first save.

The World Series champion Nationals dropped two of three in the opening series. They wasted a terrific performance by Patrick Corbin, who struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.


ST. LOUIS Pittsburghs Derek Shelton staged baseballs first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager.

Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered for the Pirates, and Mitch Keller (1-0) pitched five solid innings.

Shelton came out to argue with plate umpire Jordan Baker in the third inning after pitcher Derek Holland was ejected from the dugout for arguing balls and strikes. Baker let Shelton say his piece, and the first-year skipper was not ejected.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (0-1) gave up four runs, including two homers, in 4 1/3 innings.


CHICAGO Tyler Chatwood pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Willson Contreras homered and the Cubs beat the Brewers to take two of three in their opening series.

Chatwood (1-0) struck out eight and walked two in an impressive start for a pitcher who struggled with his control his first two years in Chicago.

Ian Happ added a two-run drive in the eighth for Chicago, and Anthony Rizzo belted a solo shot one out later.

The Brewers finished with just three hits. Freddy Peralta (0-1) was charged with four runs and three hits in three-plus innings.


ST. PETERSBURG Kevin Kiermaiers first hit of the season, a two-run triple into the right field corner in the 10th inning, gave Tampa Bay the win.

Tampa Bays defensive whiz delivered the second game-ending hit of his career after the Rays scored twice in the ninth to force extra innings, then fell behind again 5-4 when Blue Jays pinch-runner Santiago Espinal stole third base and scored on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.s sacrifice fly off Chaz Roe (1-0).

Ji-Man Choi connected for Tampa Bay, hitting the first right-handed homer of his career.

Shun Yamaguchi (0-1) got the loss. Bo Bichette had a two-run single for Toronto.


BOSTON Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander each hit a two-run homer, powering Baltimore to the win.

Jos Iglesias added four hits for the Orioles, who took the final two games of the season-opening series. Wade LeBlanc (1-0) worked 5 2/3 innings, and Cole Sulser got six outs for the save.

Boston starter Ryan Weber (0-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, walking three and allowing six runs and six hits. Christian Vzquez and Kevin Pillar homered for the Red Sox.


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