Aaron Sanchez, Astros no-hit Mariners in his Houston debut

Written By Arthur Weinstein
Aaron Sanchez
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A change of scenery has apparently done wonders for Aaron Sanchez.

The right hander, making his debut with the Astros on Saturday, no-hit the Mariners through six innings, then watched as relievers Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski finished off the combined no-hitter in a 9-0 victory.

Sanchez, who was acquired along with Biagini from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, looked nothing like the pitcher who has struggled the past two seasons, and more like the 15-2 Cy Young Award contender from 2016.

Sanchez finished with six strikeouts, allowed two walks and hit a batter.

The Astros, of course, pulled off the blockbuster deal of the trade deadline, landing ace Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks. But many observers felt that Sanchez could be a sleeper. Houston has shown a talent for turning around struggling pitchers, including Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton, the past couple of seasons.

After that 15-2 campaign in 2016, Sanchez suffered through injury issues but is now healthy.

And based on his Astros' debut, he's back in a groove.

"What a fun night," Sanchez told AT&T SportsNet after the game. "For me, I just wanted to come in and make a good first impression … this is awesome, you can't write it up any better than this."

The no-hitter couldn't have come on a better night for the Astros. Before the game, the team celebrated a new Hall of Fame at Minute Maid Park, welcoming 16 former Astros greats and/or their families for the festivities.

It's the 12th no-hitter in Astros history, and the second at Minute Maid Park.

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