By Joshua Reese

CBS Houston – Dead silent was the crowd at Minute Maid park after the crack off the bat from Robinson Cano in the 11th inning. The cause of the silence was a massive towering solo homer from Cano after Luke Gregerson left a 2-1 slider within swing range of the Seattle Mariners second basemen.

“He’s a great player everybody knows that,” Jose Altuve said of Cano, “Luke (Gregerson) made a really good pitch and I don’t know how Robbie hit that ball.”

The final inning wasn’t the only time the team had their hands full with the with Cano. On the game he was on base five times, he hit two home runs, a double and was a part of scoring three of the Mariners four runs.

Collin McHugh started off the game a little rough and while he only allowed one hit in the first inning (Cano’s double) the Mariners would walk away with a 1-0 lead.

Cano would hurt the Astros again in the third inning launching a solo homer to right center giving them a 2-0 lead.

“The difference in the game tonight was three pitches to Robinson Cano,” Collin McHugh said.

The team was in a hole early with McHugh giving up the two runs, but he kept the team in the game by keeping the offense within striking distance. He’d end up leaving Monday’s game pitching 7 innings of two-run ball, allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts, which was good enough for his third quality start in his last nine outings.

The Astros offense finally kicked itself into gear in the sixth inning. With two outs, Jake Marisnick drew a walk and Marwin Gonzalez double down the line to plate the team’s first run. Jose Altuve would follow with a single to right field, but a bad send by third base coach Gary Pettis would end up getting Gonzalez thrown out at home plate.

The offense would stay quiet again till the ninth when they’d send seven batters to the plate and Carlos Correa and Altuve played hero both driving in a run to send it to extras.

While the Astros did fall 4-3, they showed heart in coming back and not giving up. The problem with the loss there is only five games left in the season and each loss one step closer to staying home during the playoffs.

The team is currently 3.5 games back of the final wild-card spot and while it seems like the Astros are on fumes, they are still confident bunch.

“We have five games left, and the two teams (Tronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles) in the wild card right now are going to start a series against each other,” Altuve said, “we got to take advantage, we got to win as many games as possible and we are going to be playing hard until the last game, last out, last inning.”

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