Mariners shut out Astros 3-0 in home opener

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Joe Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros on Monday.

Morales snapped Seattle's 0-for-14 drought with runners in scoring position by chopping an RBI single in the first and added a two-out RBI double in the third, both off Houston starter Philip Humber (0-2). Michael Saunders scored each time.

Saunders (1-1) and the bullpen made it stand on a cool night with the stadium roof open. He combined with three relievers for the Mariners' second shutout. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

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