HOUSTON (AP) – Pinch-hitter Jason Castro drew ato put Houston in front during a four-run eighth inning, and the Astros rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Houston has won six of its last seven and handed Seattle its third straight loss.
The Astros pulled ahead in the eighth without an extra-base hit. Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel had back-to-back singles against Rafael Montero (2-1) with one out. Anby first baseman Evan White allowed Tucker to score on a fielder’s choice, and Aledmys Diaz singled to score Gurriel. “We trust each other in the clubhouse,” Diaz said. “Nobody tries to be a hero. We try to hit the strikes and get the walks.”
Will Vest came in and walked Castro, and Jose Altuve followed with a sacrifice fly.
“The bottom of the lineup picked us up today,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Someday, we’ll click on all cylinders, and it’s not far off.”
Joe Smith (1-1) struck out one in a scoreless eighth. Ryne Stanek worked the ninth for his first save of the season.
Montero was charged with three hits and four runs, two earned, in 2/3 of an inning.
“That one stings atonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I thought we swung the bat a lot better tonight. There were some positives, but unfortunately, the eighth inning got away from us. You’ve got to credit the away in this ballpark.”
Houston starterallowed four runs on four hits in four innings, striking out five and walking two.
“I wasn’t real sharp,” Greinke said. “I didn’tlocked in and kept missing my pitches by a little bit, over and over again. I tried to make some adjustments and probably got worse from the adjustments I made.”
Seattle catcher Luis Torrens matched a career-high with three RBIs, all off Greinke. He entered Wednesday with 14 RBIs in 291 at-bats.
Torrensrun of the season – the second of his career – an estimated 426 feet on an 87 mph fastball, the first pitch of the third inning. In the fourth, he had a two-run double that gave Seattle a 3-2 lead.
J.P. Crawford also had an RBI double in Seattle’s three-run fourth.
Seattle starter Justin Dunn allowed three runs and four hits while striking out two and walking two in 5 2/3 innings.
Kyle Lewis homered in the fifth for Seattle.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton underwentlast week and will miss the remainder of the season, Servais said. Paxton exited his first start on April 6 with a forearm strain after throwing 24 pitches. … LHP Nick Margevicius had an MRI that showed inflammation in his , and he’ll need more tests when the team returns to Seattle.
Astros: DH Yordan Alvarez wason Wednesday due to health and safety protocols. This month it’s the that Alvarez was placed in the IL for health and safety reasons. Houston recalled IF Taylor Jones from its alternate training site. Michael Brantley started at DH and went 0 for 5.
PASSING THE BATON
Before Castro‘s game-deciding walk, Myles Straw drew a free pass to load the bases.
“You hear the crowd, and you want to be the hero, and it’s definitely in your head, but at the end of the day, you’ve just got to breathe and know when to pass the baton to the next guy,” Straw said. “We’re playing some good baseball right now, and this. We’re used to that here.”
Baker tied Hall of Famer Casey Stengel for 12th in wins at 1,905. The only manager in significant league history to take five different teams to the postseason, Baker is 98.
HE SAID IT
“You’ve got to bring your A-game and lock it down, or a team like that will knock your door down. That’s what happened tonight.” – Servais.
Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 5.70 ERA) opposes Luis Garcia (0-2, 3.00) as the Mariners try to.
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