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RHP Hisashi Iwakuma tossed seven scoreless innings against the Astros, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out seven. The outing marked his sixth of the season in which he threw at least seven innings while allowing one run or less, a mark that is tied for ninth in the American League. Iwakuma lowered his ERA against the Astros to 1.38 in four starts. He has a 2.83 ERA over 10 starts since July 14.

RHP Tom Wilhelmsen was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will be used him in multiple roles now that RHP Danny Farquhar has converted 11-of-12 save opportunities since taking over for Wilhelmsen as the Mariners' closer. Wilhelmsen went 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in eight games with the Rainiers after posting an 0-3 record and 4.37 ERA with five blown saves in 29 opportunities with Seattle.

3B Kyle Seager extended his club record for consecutive starts at third base to 89 on Sunday, finishing 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. The streak is currently the seventh longest in baseball over the past five seasons and the second longest active streak, trailing Orioles 3B Manny Machado, who has started 185 consecutive games since Aug. 9, 2012.

C Mike Zunino will rejoin the Mariners on Monday in Kansas City and will catch RHP Felix Hernandez in the series opener. Zunino played five rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma as part of his recover from a broken left hamate bone that has sidelined him since July 26. Zunino hit .242 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 29 games with the Mariners after being selected on June 11 and immediately joining the starting lineup.

RHP Felix Hernandez will start the opener of a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City on Monday. Hernandez is 4-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 career starts against the Royals, including a 2-3 record and 2.82 ERA in six starts at Kauffman Stadium. He won his only start in Kansas City last season, allowing one run on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts over eight innings in a 6-1 victory July 19. Hernandez has struggled as of late, posting a 1-4 record and 7.00 ERA over his last five starts.

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