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Sunday, July 21st (All times Eastern)

Seattle Mariners (45-52) at Houston Astros (33-63), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Felix Hernandez (10-4, 2.53) Houston - Jordan Lyles (4-3, 4.02)

(Sports Network) - On Saturday the Houston Astros found yet another way to display their enigmatic play when the team lifted their starting pitcher in the seventh inning because he had allowed three runs, yet somehow was still in possession of a no-hitter.

On Sunday afternoon the Astros hope they don't have to deal with such an unusual circumstance as they finish up a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.

Houston, which closed out the first half of the 2013 campaign with back-to- back defeats and loses in five of the last six, has now bowed in four straight following the 4-2 setback yesterday that saw Erik Bedard make it through 6 1/3 innings without allowing a hit. However Bedard, who struck out 10, had more than his share of control problems as he walked five, which led to three runs scored.

Now 3-7 on the season, Bedard threw 109 pitches before exiting, his performance a microcosm of how badly things have gone for the Astros this season, their first as a member of the American League.

Offensively, the Astros scattered seven hits, two coming from Matt Dominguez, who scored one run, while Jake Elmore scored the other run for a home team that is now 30 games below .500 and a distant 22 1/2 games out of contention in the American League West.

Picking up the win for the Mariners, their fifth straight and seventh in the last 10 outings, was Hisashi Iwakuma, who permitted two runs on seven hits and a couple of walks, while fanning seven, over seven innings. Tom Wilhelmsen secured his 21st save of the season, yet the club is still fourth in the division standings and 11 games out.

Michael Saunders logged the first and only hit of the game for Seattle in the top of the seventh, a double to center that scored Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino with two outs.

The win marked the third time in franchise history that Seattle won a game while collecting just one hit. The previous two times were a 2-0 win over Texas on Aug. 15, 1989 and a 1-0 decision against the Yankees on April 27, 2002.

"I would say probably the strangest game I've been involved in from little leagues to the big leagues," said Houston manager Bo Porter, "where you give up one hit and punch out 15 guys and end up on the losing side."

A winner of two straight outings and his last five decisions overall, Felix Hernandez readies to take the mound for the Mariners this afternoon. The right-hander, who has not been defeated since Texas drummed up 11 hits and five runs back on May 25, is coming off his 10th win of 2013 last weekend versus the Angels.

In that contest, Hernandez threw eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four in what turned into a 6-0 triumph for Seattle.

Back in April the hurler clashed with Houston on the road and came away with his second win of the season after allowing five hits and fanning nine in six shutout innings. For his career, Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two contests against the Astros.

Jordan Lyles, who was originally slated to pitch on Saturday, now gets the call for today's matchup instead. The right-hander has gone winless in his last four outings, the two most recent contests resulting in no-decisions.

On July 10 the South Carolina native went up against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road, giving up four runs on six hits and a couple of walks, while striking out two in 6 1/3 innings.

Now more than a month removed from his last victory, Lyles did pick up a win against Seattle earlier this season in his first-ever appearance versus the Mariners, holding the club scoreless through seven innings while permitting three hits and striking out 10 on June 12.

The Mariners now lead the season series 6-5, having won three of five meetings in Houston.

07/21 10:25:06 ET

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    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
1st
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
3rd
MIA 67
BOS 53
 
3rd
BRK 74
DET 72
 
3rd
SAC 58
LAL 67
 
3rd
ORL 53
PHI 45
 
3rd
WAS 56
PHO 63
 
2nd
MIN 20
IND 24
 
2nd
OKC 28
NOP 27
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
2nd
UGA 55
SHU 33
 
Half
ALA 27
APP 29
 
1st
KSU 23
NDST 20
 
1st
WASU 25
SJST 16
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
2nd
DET 0
COL 0
 
2nd
EDM 5
DAL 2
 
1st
BOS 1
BUF 0
 
1st
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
1st
CHI 0
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
 
4th
OAK 26
BUF 17
 
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA