SEATTLE — Marco Gonzales rebounded from a rocky first start to throw seven solid innings, Adam Frazier had four hits including a two-run triple and two-run double, and the Seattle Mariners opened their home campaign with a 11-1 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
An offseason of high anticipation for fans in the Pacific Northwest was greeted with a complete performance by the Mariners in their first appearance at T-Mobile Park since the final day of last season, when Seattle was eliminated from the postseason race.
Gonzales (1-1) was terrific with one of the best outings of his career against the Astros. The top of Seattle’s lineup with Frazier, Ty France and Jesse Winker was a combined 7 for 11 with seven RBIs and three walks. Even promising rookie Julio Rodríguez thrilled the sellout crowd in his first home game with the Mariners by dumping a line drive single into left field in his first plate appearance.
Gonzales scattered four hits and struck out six. He lasted just two innings in his first start of the season last weekend against Minnesota when he allowed six runs, but only two were earned.
The only run Gonzales surrendered this time came in the seventh when Jose Siri’s broken-bat liner to center dropped in front of Rodríguez and scored Yuli Gurriel.
Gonzales was backed by a season-high in hits and runs from Seattle’s bats. Winker, who was out taking early batting practice to get familiar with his new surroundings, had an RBI single in his first at-bat. Frazier clubbed a two-run triple with two outs in the fourth to give Seattle a 3-0 lead. France added a two-run double in the sixth and Frazier followed with a two-run double in the seventh.
It was Frazier’s third career game with four RBIs. Eugenio Suárez added a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Houston starter Jake Odorizzi (0-1) didn’t make it through the fifth inning, allowing eight hits and three runs. The Astros bullpen was no better giving up seven runs.
Ichiro Suzuki threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Suzuki, who still works as an instructor for the Mariners and is at the ballpark most days, came out in a full uniform to throw the first pitch to Rodriguez.
Seattle is inducting Suzuki into the Mariners’ Hall of Fame in August.