HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Astros hopes for making the post season for the second straight year are all by dashed after falling 12-4 to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday afternoon in the home finale at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros playoff elimination number falls to two with the loss.
Doug Fister (L, 12-13) threw just 29 pitches and lasted just 1.1 innings and allowing five hits five earned runs, walking one and striking out two.
Seattle struck early on Fister with Robinson Cano hitting a three run blast in the first off of Fister to give the Astros an early “punch in the gut,” as Astros skipper Aj Hinch dubbed it.
With a 3-0 lead in the second the Mariners added three more runs with four hits in the inning and made the score 6-0 before the Astros reached their second time at-bat.
With the Astros trailing 7-0 in the third, George Springer hit a solo blast to right field for his 29th homer giving the Astros their first run of the game.
The Astros continued to chip away at the Mariner lead in the fifth with a pair of runs on RBI hits by Jake Marisnick (double) and Alex Bregman (single).
In the sixth Evan Gattis launched his 32nd homer of the season into the right field Crawford Boxes to pull the Astros closer at 7-4.
It appeared the Astros would continue their rally as they had Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel on first and second with nobody out after the Gattis homer. The Mariners tabbed Evan Scribner out of the pen to relieve Nick Vincent. Scribner would strike out the next two and get Springer to ground out to end the inning with no further damage.
The Astros will finish their season in Anaheim as they face the Angels for a three-game series beginning on Friday. Hinch announced after Wednesday’s game that Brad Peacock (0-0, 2.67 ERA will start Friday against the Angels.