The Seattle Mariners will make you scratch your head. The M’s are heavy hitters with a top heavy rotation and a solid bullpen. But the Mariners haven’t been able to put together on a regular basis. But the offensive juggernaut that shows its head every once in a while against the Astros.
The Astros and Mariners went toe-to-toe with their bats on Monday night at Minute Maid Park. In the end, two solo home runs swayed the tide in the Mariners favor.
Houston lost its first extra-inning game, 9-7 in the 10th inning.
Seattle jumped out early on Lance McCullers, he allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2⁄3 innings. The Mariners led 5-2 after five innings.
The Astros roared back in the sixth inning with two outs. Marwin Gonzalez doubled, followed by a RBI single by Yuli Gurriel. Carlos Beltran tied the game with a two-run home run.
Houston loaded the bases and George Springer forced home a run with a walk. In total, seven batters went to the plate with two outs, scoring four runs. Jose Altuve left the bases loaded with a three-pitch at-bat strikeout.
Nelson Cruz tied the game in the seventh inning with a solo blast off Chris Devenski. Mike Zunino followed in the eighth inning with his own solo blast — putting the Mariners up 7-6.
Again, the Astros answered. Singles from Beltran, Brian McCann, and Alex Bregman loaded the bases. George Springer plated a run with a sacfrice fly.
Marwin Gonzalez nearly won the game in the 9th inning. Josh Reddick led off with a double and Gonzalez ripped a grounder to the right of Jean Segura, who dove out, snag the ball and threw out Gonzalez by a half step.
After a missed chance, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia blasted two solo home runs off Tony Sipp to give the game to the Mariners.
The Astros were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Altuve left five runners on base.