Verlander looking to ‘get to it’ after uneven outing

SEATTLE — It only took 12 pitches into Friday night’s game at T-Mobile Park for the Mariners to bring an end to Astros starter Justin Verlander’s 19-inning scoreless streak, when Julio Rodríguez clubbed a two-run homer. That was just the start of a long night at the ballpark for the Astros ace pitcher, who had been nearly untouchable this year.

Verlander had been so dominant in his first eight starts — he entered Friday leading the Majors in ERA (1.22), WHIP (0.72) and opponents’ average (.161) — that watching him get roughed up was startling. The Mariners tagged him for a career-high-tying four homers in the 6-1 win over the Astros.

“It can happen to the best of them, and he’s one of the best,” manager Dusty Baker said. “They were swinging it tonight. They weren’t missing pitches. It was their night. You’ve just got to chalk it up to a bad night.”

Verlander (6-2) said he was susceptible to contact because of control issues, which may have also stemmed from not being able to grip the ball very well on a chilly night. He wound up throwing 99 pitches (68 strikes) in six innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits and one walk. When he left the mound after throwing his final pitch — a 97.7 mph fastball that Rodríguez swung through for one of his six strikeouts — Verlander’s ERA had risen to 2.03.

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