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Game Recap: Astros Bats Come Alive, Defeat Mariners 7-5 to Narrow AL West Race

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The Astros offense surged behind Evan Gattis and Tony Kemp to take one from the Mariners

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Astros faced off against the Mariners in a bigger spot than the team imagined they’d be in, 2 games back from Seattle in the AL West. Houston sent out Lance McCullers to face off against former Astro Wade Leblanc.

It wasn’t the best game for McCuller’s, who allowed 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 2 jacks, and 2 walks in 6 innings of work. He wasn’t getting the strikeout swings he was wanting, and only had 4 put outs on the evening.

Luckily, the Astros offense picked up the slack. Evan Gattis continues to rake, and got the action going for the Astros with a 2-run homer in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Astros had some runs erased by some frustrating outs on the bases early, but el Oso Blanco was having none of it.

It was a team effort for the Astros, who hit through the lineup excluding Fiedorowicz. Tony Kemp was 3-3, Springer had 2 doubles, and Bregman had 2 hits.

After the Astros went up 7-4 in the 7th off of a 2-run Gurriel single, the bullpen put things away. It was a nice effort for a group that gets more criticism than they deserve. Joe Smith surrendered a solo homer in the 8th to make things interesting, but Chris Devenski (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K. 0 R), Hecter Rondon, and (1.1 IP, 2 hits, 2 K, 0 R) shut it down for Houston.

We also got to meet AJ Bregman, AKA little-Breggers, a left-handed high-school pitcher the Astros selected in 35th round. The Astros also took Carlos Correa’s little brother J.C. Correa in the 33rd round, and Jose Cruz’s grandson Antonio Cruz in the 37th round. Draft day was overall a family affair for the Astros organization, further detailed below.

Overall, it was a good night of Astros baseball, as the team won 7-5 to improve to 38-25 on the season, now just one game back from Seattle (it still doesn’t feel right typing that sentence).

The Astros open up a 4 game series in Arlington tomorrow night, as Gerrit Cole will face off against Cole Hamels.