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Four Astros do the job in 9-0 victory; Altuve, Brantley lead 15-hit Houston attack

BRANTLEYThe Houston Astros used four pitchers – Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski – to no-hit the Seattle Mariners on Saturday in a 9-0 win.

It was the second this season the time the Mariners have gone without a hit. The Los Angeles Angels did it against them on July 12.

It also was the third no-hitter of the MLB season and the 12th in Astros history.

The Astros (72-40) lead the American League West by 8.5 games over Oakland while the Mariners (47-66) are 25.5 games behind Houston and last in the division, 9.5 games back of the Angels.

Marco Gonzales (12-9) took the loss for Seattle, giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings. Seattle gave 15 hits.

Sanchez (4-14), who was just acquired at the trade deadline from the Toronto Blue Jays, started for Houston and also came away with the win. He threw six hitless innings while striking out six.

Harris kept things going in the seventh, with Biagini, another deadline addition from Toronto, keeping Seattle off the board through eight. Devenski retired the side in the ninth.

The foursome issued four walks, but only twice did Seattle bat with a runner in scoring position.

Houston scored three runs in the first inning, went up 4-0 in the fifth, 6-0 in the sixth, 7-0 in the seventh and 9-0 in the eighth.

Second baseman Jose Altuve hit his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. He finished 2 for 5 with a double and three runs scored.

Left fielder Michael Brantley was 3 for 5 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs.

The series finale at Minute Maid Park starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. Justin Verlander (14-4, 2.73) starts for the Astros, who are seeking a sweep, against a Mariners pitcher to be named.

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