Julio Rodriguez established a major league record for hits over four games while the Seattle Mariners repeatedly delivered with two outs en route to their 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Rodriguez added singles in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings to increase his total to a major league-record 17 hits over the past four games. Milt Stock held the previous mark with 16 hits over a four-game stretch for the Brooklyn Robins in 1925. Rodriguez finished 4-for-6 with two runs on Saturday.
Seattle improved to 13-3 over its last 16 games and clinched its seventh consecutive road series.
The Mariners, who clinched the season series with Houston, initiated their two-out rampage in the second when Cade Marlowe followed a two-out single by Jose Caballero with a run-scoring triple to right-center field that doubled the lead to 2-0.
As he did in the second, Valdez retired the first two batters of the third inning without incident before stumbling again.
Five consecutive Mariners reached with two outs in the third as Ty France scored after Teoscar Hernandez doubled and Astros center fielder Jake Meyers fumbled the ball. Cal Raleigh added an RBI single and Valdez needed a strikeout of Marlowe to strand the bases full.
Valdez (9-9) came undone in the fifth when he allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Dylan Moore that plated France and extended the Seattle lead to 6-2. Valdez plunked Caballero with the first pitch of the ensuing at-bat and both dugouts and bullpens cleared after Caballero protested.
Aside from his no-hitter against the Cleveland Guardians on Aug. 1, Valdez has been mired in an extended slump. He fell to 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA over his last nine starts after surrendering six runs on 10 hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings.
Alex Bregman and Yainer Diaz recorded their 20th and 17th homers, respectively, in the third and fourth. Mauricio Dubon homered in the ninth.
Hernandez added a two-run double for Seattle with two outs in the eighth. Moore homered again in the ninth before Sam Haggerty clubbed his first homer with two outs in the inning.
—Field Level Media