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Houston at Seattle

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Houston (48-96) «011000004681
Seattle (65-79)100000201453

Astros 6, Mariners 4

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SEATTLE -- By the time Trevor Crowe came to the plate in the ninth inning, everything was going right for the Houston Astros. So much so that even a simple foul popup to the first baseman turned into a run.

Houston's four-run rally in the ninth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night was capped by a bizarre play that started as Crowe fouled out to first baseman Justin Smoak with runners on second and third. Smoak's throw to the plate hit Crowe crouched in foul territory and bounced away, allowing Jonathan Villar to score.

"I put my head down, and I felt something hit me," Crowe said. "I looked to the right, and there goes the baseball, and I see Villar scampering home."

The crazy run was fitting for a game that featured the Astros rallying for only the third time this season when trailing after eight innings in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history, as well as two rookie starters making their final appearance of the season.

"To come back in the ninth was huge. Young team learning how to win games, we did that today. Really good comeback," said Crowe, who also had a single and a run-scoring double in the game.

Abraham Almonte's first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush got out of a jam in the eighth, but in the ninth the Astros broke through.

Danny Farquhar (0-3) walked Marc Krauss and Carlos Corporan with one out, and Jimmy Paredes' run-scoring single tied the game at 3. Villar then gave Houston a two-run lead with his hit to center.

"It was good just to see the quality of the at-bats during that ninth inning," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "From the two walks to the base hits by Jimmy and Villar -- we strung together good at-bat after good at-bat."

It was the fourth blown save of the season for Farquhar, but only his second in the closer role.

"It's going to be hard to sleep tonight," Farquhar said. "But it's the same thing as usual, whether you pitch good or pitch bad, learn from your mistakes. ... There's nothing you can do -- if you dwell on it, you'll drive yourself nuts."

Kevin Chapman (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win, and Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances despite giving up a solo home run to Brad Miller.

The announced attendance of 9,808 was 10 fewer than the previous low at the 14-year-old park, set April 29 against the Orioles. Before this season, the previous low was 11,352 -- a mark set April 18, 2012, against Cleveland. This year, the Mariners have drawn fewer than that number five times.

Houston starter Jarred Cosart gave up an unearned run on two hits, struck out three and walked six. Before the game Porter told him this would be his final start of the season, and he'd be limited to five innings, unless he had a no-hitter or a shutout going.

"They said go out there, leave it all out there, and I did," Cosart said. "I honestly don't have much left, my body's tired."

Cosart has pitched a total of 153 innings between Triple-A and 10 starts with Houston. He may not have much left, but what he's done has been impressive, as he finishes with a major league ERA of 1.95.

Seattle starter Taijuan Walker ended his brief inaugural major league season with a no-decision despite striking out eight over five innings and retiring the final nine batters he faced. The Mariners said leading up to the game it would be Walker's final appearance since he had thrown 151 1/3 innings between his minor and major league starts going into Monday's outing.

Two of his three starts in the majors have been against Houston. Walker picked up the win in his debut on Aug. 30, but this time the Astros picked up a pair of runs off five hits. Paredes drove in the first with a sacrifice fly in the second, and Jose Altuve and Crowe opened the third with back-to-back doubles to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.

Seattle's pitchers retired the next 15 batters but Carter Capps got into a jam in the eighth before Furbush bailed him out. Furbush came on with one out, runners on second and third, and the Mariners clinging to their 3-2 lead. He struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Laird and got Matt Dominguez to ground out, but all it did was delay the rally until the ninth inning.

Notes

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday, the second time his turn in the rotation has been pushed back due to soreness. "I guess you'd call it a minor oblique strain on the left side, if you had to put a label on it, but it was more just stiffness," manager Eric Wedge said. Hernandez will throw from flat ground at the end of the week when the team travels to St. Louis. ... The Astros reinstated C Carlos Corporan from the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game and he started at catcher.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Almonte
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS4112110 .272
Jose Altuve, 2B5130000 .279
Trevor Crowe, CF-LF5021012 .255
Brett Wallace, 1B3000013 .226
   a-Brandon Laird, PH-1B2000013 .184
Matt Dominguez, 3B3000103 .235
Chris Carter, LF3000034 .217
   Brandon Barnes, CF1000010 .243
Marc Krauss, DH3110120 .185
   Jake Elmore, PR-DH0100000 .243
Carlos Corporan, C3000111 .240
   Marwin Gonzalez, PR0100000 .217
Jimmy Paredes, RF3112010 .185
Totals35685412  
a-struck out for Wallace in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (26, Walker), Trevor Crowe (6, Walker), Marc Krauss (4, Walker)
SF - Jimmy Paredes (2)
RBI - Jonathan Villar 2 (6), Trevor Crowe (10), Jimmy Paredes 2 (10)
SB - Jonathan Villar (14, 2nd base off Capps/Zunino), Jose Altuve (32, 2nd base off Capps/Zunino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Wallace-Villar-Cosart
E - Jonathan Villar (8, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart 5210630 1.95
Josh Zeid (H,4) 1000100 5.50
Lo Chia-Jen (BS,3) 1222011 5.40
Kevin Chapman (W,1-1) 1000110 2.19
Josh Fields (S,4) 1111001 5.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 91-48, Josh Zeid 20-9, Lo Chia-Jen 14-11, Kevin Chapman 17-8, Josh Fields 20-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 7-4, Josh Zeid 1-2, Kevin Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 22, Josh Zeid 4, Lo Chia-Jen 5, Kevin Chapman 4, Josh Fields 4
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS5221013 .262
Abraham Almonte, RF5222000 .258
Kyle Seager, 3B2000300 .278
Kendrys Morales, DH4000013 .280
Raul Ibanez, LF3000001 .252
   Michael Saunders, LF1000010 .236
Justin Smoak, 1B4000010 .249
Dustin Ackley, CF1000300 .257
Mike Zunino, C3000103 .223
Nick Franklin, 2B3010110 .221
Totals3145385  
Batting
2B - Abraham Almonte (3, Cosart)
HR - Brad Miller (6, Fields), Abraham Almonte (1, Lo)
RBI - Brad Miller (31), Abraham Almonte 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Abraham Almonte (2, Throwing), Brad Miller (8, Throwing), Justin Smoak (4, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Taijuan Walker 5522180 3.60
Chance Ruffin 1000010 2.70
Lucas Luetge 1000010 4.18
Carter Capps (H,8) 0.1000100 5.19
Charlie Furbush (H,18) 0.2000010 3.07
Danny Farquhar (L,0-3; BS,4) 0.1243210 4.71
Bobby LaFromboise 0.2100000 13.50
Pitches-Strikes - Taijuan Walker 84-57, Chance Ruffin 8-7, Lucas Luetge 11-7, Carter Capps 13-6, Charlie Furbush 5-4, Danny Farquhar 26-15, Bobby LaFromboise 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taijuan Walker 4-3, Chance Ruffin 2-0, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Carter Capps 2-0, Charlie Furbush 1-0
Batters Faced - Taijuan Walker 21, Chance Ruffin 3, Lucas Luetge 3, Carter Capps 3, Charlie Furbush 2, Danny Farquhar 5, Bobby LaFromboise 3
Game Information
Attendance - 9808
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Gerry Davis