Mariners take first of two at Houston
Seattle won the first of two games this week against their new American League West rival, Houston.
The Mariners took a two-game lead in the division as they scored early runs to back James Paxton in a 7-1 win Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
Leading 1-0, Seattle made it 4-0 in the second inning on Kyle Seager's three-run homer.
Mike Zunino boosted the lead to 6-0 with a two-run homer in the next inning.
Jean Segura's homer made it a 7-1 game in the fifth.
The whole offensive onslaught came off Dallas Keuchel, who fell to 3-8.
That was plenty of support for Paxton (5-1), who scattered nine hits and gave up one run with six strikeouts and one walk in 7 2/3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.95.
The Mariners (38-22), who have won five consecutive games and are 27-12 since April 24, and the Astros (37-25), will play again at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with Wade LeBlanc (1-0) pitching opposite Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3).