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Houston Astros drop final game against Seattle Mariners, 7-3

Astros' pen remains brilliant, but starter Doug Fister was another story.

The struggles continue for Doug Fister
The struggles continue for Doug Fister
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hey guys, remember those last couple of games where our starters did well? I regret to inform you that wasn't the case this afternoon in Seattle. Houston Astros starter Doug Fister, once again, got lit up for seven (7!!!!) runs in 3.2 innings of work. Most of that damage was caused by the Seattle Mariners' Seth Smith, who launched two home runs against the struggling right hander.

Meanwhile, Mariners starter Ariel Miranda tossed seven innings of two run ball, striking out eight Astros batters in the process. The two runs Miranda did give up were solo shots by George Springer and Carlos Correa.

The Astros' bullpen continues its run of dominance. Relief pitchers Tony Sipp, Jandel Gustave, Kevin Chapman, David Paulino and Michael Feliz combined to throw 4.1 scoreless innings. The future looks bright for the Astros' young hurlers.

The Astros would manage one additional run in the eighth inning. Yulieski Gurriel pushed across Colby Rasmus with a double for his 13th RBI of the season.

I don't have much else to report. The Astros will continue their west coast trip against the Oakland Athletics tomorrow at 9:05 p.m. They are now 3.5 games out of the second wild card spot.