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Astros 5, Mariners 2: Valbuena, Rasmus and Reed blast Walker in Astros win

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Three home runs are better than one.

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The Houston Astros continued to make headway in the American League West after collecting their eighth win in a row against division opponents.  The Astros used six solid innings from Dallas Keuchel and three home runs to bring home the 5-2 victory.

Each team scored a run in the second inning. The Mariners used a single from Dae-Ho Lee and a Kyle Seager double to put two runners in scoring position. The astros conceded a run on a Chris Iannetta for the second out. Keuchel would get a groundout from Daniel Robertson to end the inning.

The Astros bats put in work on Taijuan Walker from there. Luis Valbuena hit a solo blast in the second inning. Colby Rasmus and A.J. Reed blasted a pair of no-doubt two-run home runs in the fourth inning.

The Astros took a 5-2 lead into the fifth inning, Keuchel and the bullpen took it from there. The Mariners were able to get two runners on with one out in the sixth inning but Keuchel Lee and Seager to end the inning.

Pat Neshek, Ken Giles, and 2016 All-Star Will Harris were flawless in the final three innings of work -- Harris picked up his ninth save.

Keuchel's line was two runs allowed on five hits over six innings with one walk while striking out six. Walker left the game with an injury after the fourth inning -- he allowed five runs on five hits over four innings.