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Thanks to some late inning magic the Houston Astros were able to sweep past the Seattle Mariners with a 9-7 win. The Astros were able to jump out to big leads in the game, but the Marines would keep fighting back getting two big multi-run innings.
“We hadn’t had a game like this that I can remember,” A.J. Hinch said of the team’s wild win, “we jump out to a big lead, they have two really big innings to get back in it, than us to have the resilience to win at the end.”
Tied game 7-7 in the eighth, Jason Castro lead-off the inning with a double off the right-center wall. George Springer after a very long at-bat with Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz would end up striking out. Luis Valbuena who was next up would take a 2-2 pitch way over the left field wall (estimated 415 feet) putting them up 9-7.
“I felt good at home plate, I was looking for my pitch, he threw me a good pitch to hit and I hit a home run,” Luis Valbuena said of his game-winning shot.
Luke Gregerson the team’s former closer came in to seal the Astros win. While it was a bit scary, after he gave up a run to make it 9-8 he was able to escape a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to seal the win.
The Astros scored early and often Wednesday but the Mariners would just not go away. In the fourth inning, they chased Mike Fiers out of the game after he allowed three home runs and four runs to score in the inning.
Michael Feliz in the seventh inning gave up his own long ball after back to back singles by Ketel Marte and Leonys Martin, Seth Smith launched a towering shot to left field tieing the game.
The Astros offense did its job scoring in all but three innings. One of the big bright spots Wednesday was Carlos Gomez who accounted for four of the team’s nine runs. Gomez finished the night a home run shy of a cycle getting three hits and three RBI’s.
“I already had a cycle in my career,” Carlos Gomez said of looking for the home run in his last at-bat, “my goal is to put good contact on it and see some pitches, he (Diaz) broke my bat in 20 pieces.”
The pitching was a little spotty for the team, even the sure-handed bullpen had an off night. Luckily the Astros offense was able to give the team a helping hand.
With the win, the Astros are now winners of 14 of their last 17 games and currently sit 6.5 games back of the A.L. West lead.
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