Saturday’s game between the Astros and Mariners didn’t start on a path towards a Houston win. Seattle's James Paxton was perfect through the first five innings.
That changed quickly in the sixth inning. Teoscar Herandez (single) and Tyler White (double) opened the frame by putting two runners in scoring position. Paxton retired two batters but Yulieski Gurriel drove home two runs with a single to left.
But that was the only Astros offense from the game. And it would be all they need.
Mike Fiers wasn’t perfect but he did the job he needed too. Fiers scattered three hits and a walk. He allowed zero runs and struck out four.
Chris Devenski allowed two hits but kept the Mariners off the board in the seventh —ending the inning with a strikeout of Mike Zunino.
Seth Smith doubled in a run for the Mariners in the eighth but Luke Gregerson was able to strike out Robinson Cano and induce a pop out from Nelson Cruz.
Ken Giles scored his 11th save of the season by ending the game with strikeouts of Dae-Ho Lee and Leonys Martin.
The Astros are now tied with the Tigers and Mariners at 3 games back in the AL Wild Card standings.