Mariners fall short against Astros, lose 3-1

SEATTLE -- Justin Verlander proved to be just what the doctor ordered in his debut for the Astros on Tuesday night, with help from a welcome booster shot from fellow newcomer Cameron Maybin in a 3-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Despite totaling just two hits, Houston won its sixth in a row as Verlander threw six innings of one-run ball in his first start since being acquired from the Tigers to bolster the American League's leading team. The 34-year-old gave up six hits with seven strikeouts in a 103-pitch performance that hiked his season record to 11-8 with a 3.74 ERA.

But the Astros were knotted in a 1-1 tie and had yet to manage a hit until Maybin -- claimed off waivers from the Angels last week -- launched a two-run homer off rookie reliever Emilio Pagan with one out in the top of the seventh.


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