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3-run 8th inning gets Mariners past Astros 4-2

Rojas RBI double, Rodriguez hit help rally as Seattle wins third straight game

By SHANE LANTZ, Associated Press
Published: May 28, 2024, 9:31pm
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Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez reacts after hitting an RBI single and reaching second base on a throwing error by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez reacts after hitting an RBI single and reaching second base on a throwing error by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — Julio Rodríguez drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning after Josh Rojas tied the game with an RBI double and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Tuesday night.

A second run also scored on Rodríguez’s single, as Alex Bregman’s throwing error allowed Rojas to score and Rodríguez to take second base.

Mitch Haniger led off the inning with a double and Jonatan Clase came in to pinch run. Clase reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Rojas’ double down the first-base line after rookie Ryan Bliss walked and J.P. Crawford struck out.

Rodríguez hit an infield dribbler to Bregman, who looked home before throwing the ball past first baseman José Abreu to allow Rojas to score.

The winning rally came off reliever Ryan Pressly (0-2).

“It was the double by Haniger and the (Bliss) walk,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “That was a huge at-bat there. We needed to put away hitters and we just did not do that in the inning.”

The Astros had retired 15 straight Mariners hitters before Haniger’s double, as Astros starter Hunter Brown allowed just one run and four hits over six innings with nine strikeouts. Brown retired the final 12 batters he faced, and Astros pitchers struck out 14 Mariners.

“You can’t panic out there,” Rojas said. “And I think tonight was another case of that. Being down a run for majority of the game, it felt like, but there was no sense of panic. I think everybody knew, we’ve just got to put together one good inning.”

Rodríguez got the scoring started for Seattle with an RBI single in the first inning.

Houston’s Jeremy Peña hit a deep fly ball to left field in the second, but Luke Raley robbed him of a home run to keep the Mariners in the lead.

Two innings later, Bregman hit a two-run homer off Mariners starter Luis Castillo, who gave up five hits and two earned runs over six innings, with six strikeouts.

Castillo now has made nine consecutive starts where he has gone five-plus innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs, tied for the third-longest streak in Mariners history.

Austin Voth and Taylor Saucedo (2-0) each pitched one scoreless inning of relief for Seattle, and Ryne Stanek worked a perfect ninth inning for his third save.

The Mariners have now won three straight games.

“We’re on a good roll here,” manager Scott Servais said. “You know, after having a rough little end of the road trip there, it’s nice to see guys get back going again, confidence coming and again, it’s how we win games. We pitch really well, you good defense, and you get some big hits and big at-bats late in the game.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Houston: The Astros claimed RHP Kaleb Ort from Baltimore and optioned him to Triple-A Sugar Land. Ort spent parts of three years in the big leagues with Boston, but had an 0-1 record with a 12.08 ERA in 14 games this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros on Wednesday against Seattle RHP George Kirby (4-5, 4.33 ERA)

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MARINERS 4, ASTROS 2

Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Altuve 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .295
Tucker rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .272
Alvarez lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .269
Peña ss 4 1 0 0 0 1 .308
Bregman 3b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .212
Meyers cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .290
Singleton dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .228
J.Abreu 1b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .104
Diaz c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .251
Totals 32 2 5 2 2 10
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crawford ss 4 0 1 0 0 3 .218
Rojas 3b 4 2 2 1 0 0 .287
Rodríguez cf 4 0 2 2 0 1 .269
Raleigh c 4 0 1 0 0 2 .211
Raley lf 4 0 0 0 0 4 .266
France 1b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .242
Canzone rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Haniger dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 .215
1-Clase pr-dh 0 1 0 0 0 0 .176
Bliss 2b 2 1 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 30 4 7 3 1 14
Houston 000 200 000—2 5 1
Seattle 100 000 03x—4 7 1

1-ran for Haniger in the 8th.

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E—Bregman (4), Raleigh (4). LOB—Houston 5, Seattle 4. 2B—Crawford (4), Haniger (7), Rojas (7). HR—Bregman (5), off Castillo. RBI—Bregman 2 (23), Rodríguez 2 (21), Rojas (10). SB—Rojas (5).

Runners left in scoring position—Houston 2 (Meyers, J.Abreu); Seattle 2 (Raley, Raleigh). RISP—Houston 0 for 3; Seattle 3 for 9.

Runners moved up—Rojas.

Houston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Brown 6 4 1 1 0 9 87 6.39
B.Abreu, H, 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 3.25
Pressly, L, 0-2, BS, 0-4 1 3 3 3 1 3 31 5.75
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Castillo 6 5 2 2 1 6 95 3.28
Voth 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 3.63
Saucedo, W, 2-0 1 0 0 0 1 1 14 2.51
Stanek, S, 3-4 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 4.26

HBP—Brown (France). WP—Pressly.

Umpires—Home, David Rackley; First, Nate Tomlinson; Second, Chris Segal; Third, Larry Vanover.

T—2:16. A—17,701 (47,929).

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