Mariners Melt Down Late Despite Knocking Out Greinke [PHOTOS/VIDEO]
The Seattle Mariners had a couple of rarities today (April 28). First, they were able to rough up Zack Greinke. Second, their thus-reliable bullpen imploded in the 8th inning giving up 5 unanswered runs en route to 7-5 loss to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Trailing 2-0 early in the game, Catcher Luis Torrens got the Mariners on the board with a solo home run.
Torrens was not finished, however...
The Mariners got to the former Cy Young Award winner Greinke in the top of the 4th inning with a two-out rally. Again, Torrens delivered the big blow with a two-run double laced into the left field corner to score Jose Marmolejos and Taylor Trammell to give Seattle a 4-2 lead.
The following inning, reigning Roookie of the Year Kyle Lewis, who just recently began his 2021 campaign after starting the season on the Injured List, smoked a home run into the Crawford Boxes in left field to increase the Mariners lead to 5-2.
Houston rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning off of relievers Rafael Montero and Will Vest. Montero (2-1)The loss, the third in as many days to the Astros, dropped the M's a half game behind their not-so-gracious hosts into third place in the American League West division.
All-time, Houston increased their dominance over the Mariners by winning for the 99th time against just 59 losses for a .627 winning percentage.
Seattle and Houston wrap-up their four-game series Thursday (April 29) with some breakfast baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. Yusei Kikuchi toes the rubber for Seattle.