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Mariners continue winning ways, take down Keuchel, Astros


4/26 vs HOU by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

The M's have won 9 of their last 12 games; certainly something that has kept Mariner fans very happy at the beginning of this 2016 season. On Tuesday night in Seattle, the Mariners continued to shine both defensively and offensively as they took down the struggling now 6-15 Houston Astros. From Robinson Canó's grand slam in the seventh inning for his seventh HR of the year, to Nathan Karns' 2 hits and 6 Ks, the M's proved they were the better team on that field Tuesday night.

RHP Nathan Karns made his fourth start of 2016 on Tuesday night as he tossed 6 Ks, gave up only 2 hits, and walked only 3. Karns earned the win (he's now 2-1) and now currently has a decent 3.63 ERA which he brought down significantly in his outing. Relieving Karns was RHP Tony Zych and LHP Mike Montgomery. Each tossing an inning, they gave up no runs on 1 hit combined.

Offensively the 11 runs speak for themselves. Combining for 13 hits on the night the Mariners were able to back up the solid outing of RHP Nate Karns. Notable performances came from SS Ketel Marte who connected for 3 hits on the night for 2 RBI. 2B Robinson Canó had 2 hits on the night for 6 RBI! Canó hit a grand slam in the seventh inning for his seventh HR of 2016 to plate 4 runs for Seattle and pad the lead. C Chris Iannetta, 1B Dae-Ho Lee and RF Nelson Cruz also all had 2-hit nights.

The M's will seek a series sweep of Houston on Wednesday night as RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will make his fifth start of 2016. Iwakuma, (0-2, 3.81 ERA) will face HOU RHP Colin McHugh. McHugh is currently 1-3 with a 7.56 ERA. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ for television or listen on 710 ESPN Seattle for radio. First pitch- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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