A couple of home runs, including the first of the 2021 campaign by reigning American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis, were the only damage the Seattle Mariners could muster tonight (April 26) against the nearly full-strength Houston Astros in a 5-2 loss.

Lewis, after returning from the IL to begin the year, smoked a Jose Urquidy pitch 429 feet to nearly dead center to make the score 2-1 in favor of Houston in the top of the third inning after Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield had surrendered two runs to the 'Stros in the bottom of the first.

The "other" Kyle -- veteran third baseman -- Seager, tried to single-handedly pull the M's back to within striking distance with a solo bomb of his own to tighten things back up at 5-2.

However, it was all for naught as the Astros bullpen ratcheted the save to pull within a half game in the A.L. West standings behind the Mariners. With the Oakland Athletics winning for the 14th time in their last 15 outings to maintain their stronghold on first place, Seattle still finds themselves 2 games off of the pace in the division.

The two teams continue their four-game series on Tuesday (April 27) with game 2 at Minute Maid Park deep in the heart of Texas with first pitch slated for 5:10 p.m.(Pacific).

Astros - 5, Mariners - 2


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