Marwin, McCann mash to sink Mariners

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Iwakuma held the Astros to four hits, two runs and three walks in six innings. In his previous two outings against Houston, Iwakuma was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA with 13 strikeouts and 3 walks in 13 innings.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gonzalez for the Mar-Win: Gonzalez, the Astros’ steady utility man, got the start at first base in the second game of the year in part because of his success against Iwakuma. He was 11-for-25 against him entering the game, and then sent an 85-mph splitter 359 feet over the wall in left field, according to Statcast™, to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth. He has 38 career homers (34 solo homers).

Still searching for offense: Seattle was 13 innings into its season before finally crossing the plate when rookie Mitch Haniger doubled, advanced on a grounder and scored on Danny Valencia‘s infield single to tie the game in the fourth. But McCullers avoided further problems when he got catcher Mike Zunino to ground out to short with two out and the bases loaded. The Mariners, who were third in the American League in scoring a year ago, wound up 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and are 1-for-14 through their first two games.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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