Mariners by the numbers: Mariners keeping games close

The Seattle Mariners start Roenis Elias (0-0, 3.18 ERA) against Samuel Deduno (0-0, 2.89 ERA) and the Houston Astros on Friday. Elias has a 1.59 ERA with 10 strikeouts in his two career starts against Houston.

The Mariners have played in a franchise-record 18 consecutive games decided by three or fewer runs, going 9-9. During this stretch, Seattle has gone 5-3 in games decided by one run, 3-3 in games decided by two runs, and 1-3 in games decided by three runs. The Mariners are the only team that has not won game by at least four runs.