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Astros hang 21 runs on Mariners

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The Astros polished off a four-game series sweep of the Mariners with a 21-1 drubbing on Sunday afternoon in Houston. It’s the Astros’ 16th win in their last 20 games.

Yordan Álvarez provided the most offense, racking up three doubles and six RBI. He was one of seven Astros with multiple hits on the day. Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered while Abraham Toro doubled twice.

On the pitching side of things, Gerrit Cole was dominant, picking up his 16th win with eight innings of one-run ball. He held the Mariners to one hit and one run — a Shed Long solo homer — with no walks and 15 strikeouts. This marks the second start of Cole’s career in which he struck out at least 15 batters. He struck out 16 Diamondbacks in a one-hit shutout on May 4 last year.

The Astros are the only team to have scored 20-plus runs in a game this year and they’ve done it twice. They trampled the Orioles 23-2 on August 10. The last time the Mariners gave up 20-plus runs was on June 13, 2017 when they lost 20-7 to the Twins.

Mattingly: Marlins sidelined by virus are ‘feeling great’

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Maimi Marlins players sidelined by COVID-19 are all asymptomatic, and some have applied for reinstatement, according to manager Don Mattingly.

The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.

“They feeling great,” Mattingly said. “They all feel like they’re ready to go. There are a lot of guys who have applied for reinstatement. How long that takes, I’m not sure. But they feel like they’re ready to at least get back and start doing something.”

Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning.

Mattingly made his comments before the Marlins’ game against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, where they concluded a season-opening trip that turned into a 23-day marathon because of scheduling changes necessitated by the outbreak.

The team plays at Marlins Park for the first time this season Friday against Atlanta.