On deck: Astros at Seattle Mariners
When/where: Friday at 9:10 p.m., Saturday at 8:10 p.m., Sunday at 3:10 p.m.; T-Mobile Park.
TV/radio: ATTSW; 790 AM, 740 AM, 850 AM, 101.7 FM.
Pitchers: Friday, LHP Wade Miley (1-1, 2.31) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 4.76); Saturday, RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.24) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.26); Sunday, RHP Gerrit Cole (0-2, 3.32) vs. LHP Marco Gonzales (4-0, 3.16).
Astros (8-5) update: The 6-0 run at Minute Maid Park that ended with Wednesday’s 8-6 win over the Yankees marked the first time since 2004 that the Astros had a perfect homestand of two or more series. … Over his last seven games, Jose Altuve is slashing .429/.469/.893 with four home runs and seven RBIs. With 102 career homers, he needs one more to tie Ken Caminiti and Hunter Pence for 14th place on the franchise’s all-time list. … Ryan Pressly, who recorded a four-out save Wednesday with Roberto Osuna unavailable, has an MLB-best active scoreless streak of 232/3 innings covering 26 appearances dating to Aug. 15. He has 33 strikeouts in that span while allowing a . 136 (11-for-81) batting average. … Lefthander Framber Valdez, who was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA over two relief appearances totaling three innings, was optioned to Class AAA Round Rock on Thursday. Lefthander Reymin Guduan was promoted to take his place on the 25-man roster.
Mariners (13-2) update: With its MLB-best record, Seattle enters the series four games ahead of the Astros in the AL West. Absent from the playoffs since 2001, the Mariners are looking to end the longest active postseason drought among all MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL teams. … Down to their last strike on Thursday, they got a tying two-run triple from Mitch Haniger before beating the Royals 7-6 on Daniel Vogelbach’s 10th-inning home run. … The Mariners have a major league record 36 home runs in their first 15 games. … They are the first team to homer in each of its first 15 games. The streak surpasses the previous record of the 2002 Indians, who homered in their first 14. …Seattle, which leads the majors with a .295 batting average and team OPS of .935, is the first team to score at least six runs in 13 of its first 15 games. … With 19 RBIs, former Astro Domingo Santana shares the major league lead with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.