Seager, Cruz power Seattle to 5th straight
(c) Associated Press
Lance McCullers turned in a subpar performance Monday night against the Mariners but it was a bullpen meltdown that ultimately cost the Astros the game. The Houston offense battled back on multiple occasions and the Astros found themselves in extra innings for the first time since May 5th. That's when Tony Sipp served up back-to-back home runs Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia to give the Mariners a 9-7 win.
McCullers lasted only 4-2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. One of the runs was unearned, but was a direct result of a throwing error by Lance.
Reymin Guduan came on in relief in the fifth and retired the only batter he faced, finishing off the inning and helping McCullers avoid further damage. Michael Feliz looked good while pitching a scoreless sixth but Chris Devenski didn't fare as well in the seventh. Devo gave up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz that tied the score at six.
Luke Gregerson got the first two outs in the eighth before Mike Zunino hammered a hanging slider to the train tracks to give the Mariners a 7-6 lead.
The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth but only came away with one run. George Springer's sacrifice fly made it 7-7. Josh Reddick led off the bottom of the tenth with a double but was unable to bring the tying run home, thanks to a pair of stellar defensive plays by shortstop Jean Segura.
Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran homered for Houston in a losing effort. The only other silver lining has to be the fact that Scott Servais used seven relief pitchers and is likely to be working with a short-handed bullpen when the two teams reconvene Tuesday night.
Seattle's fifth straight win pulled them to within 15-1/2 games of the division-leading Astros. Yovanni Gallardo pitched the ninth and was credited with his fourth win of the year. Edwin Diaz took care of business in the tenth to earn his 17th save.
Astros fans got a scare in the fourth inning when Carlos Correa had to leave the game after an awkward swing-and-miss. It was later reported that Correa suffered a jammed left thumb and is now considered day-to-day,
- Greg Thurston