Astros use big 7th inning to get 7-5 win over Mariners

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's knack for scoring late in games helped the Astros to another victory on Wednesday night.

Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer early and Yuli Gurriel added a two-RBI single in a four-run seventh inning that lifted the Astros to a 7-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Wednesday's seventh-inning gives the Astros 118 runs in the seventh-inning or later, which tops the American League.

The victory ends a three-game skid for Houston and snaps a five-game winning streak by the Mariners.

The Astros led 3-1 after four, but had fallen behind 4-3 entering the seventh after the Mariners got a run in sixth and tacked on two more in the seventh.

Tony Kemp, who finished with three hits, got things going in the seventh with a single off Juan Nicasio (1-3) before a double by George Springer. The Astros tied it when Kemp scored on an infield single by Alex Bregman. Jose Altuve followed with a single to left field to send Springer home and put Houston up 5-4.

Dan Altavilla took over and struck out Carlos Correa before a passed ball by catcher Mike Zunino allowed both runners to advance a base. Gurriel then pushed his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games with a single to center field that made it 7-4.

''We didn't try to do too much,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We got a couple base hits in a row. ... We all want to drive the ball out of the ballpark, yet (Nicasio) was making pitches we could make solid contact on. We could put the ball in play. We just had a really, good sound approach to beat him with singles, and it worked.''

Nelson Cruz, Denard Span and Kyle Seager all homered for the Mariners, who have a one-game lead over the Astros atop the AL West standings despite the loss.

''Our guys really competed their tails off all night,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''We're down early, we come back, Span hits the big homer and we continue to put pressure on them. You know we played hard, we've been playing really hard. Just didn't quite go our way.''

The Mariners had runners at the corners with two outs in the ninth inning, but Hector Rondon struck out Cruz to end it and get his first save.

Houston starter Lance McCullers allowed seven hits and four runs - three earned - in six-plus innings. Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc yielded seven hits and three runs in four innings.

''Command wasn't crisp. Finish wasn't crisp on pitches,'' LeBlanc said. ''Fastball, cutter, changeup were all off. Just inconsistent overall.''

Cruz gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead with his solo shot to the seats in left field with one out in the fourth inning.

Josh Reddick singled in the fourth in his return after being sidelined with an infection near his right knee since May 21. Gattis followed with his towering homer to left field to put Houston on top 2-1. Kemp hit a two-out single and scored on a double by Springer that bounced off the wall in left-center, to push the lead to 3-1.

Cruz hit the last of three straight singles to send home a run with one out in the sixth inning and cut the lead to 3-2.

The Mariners tied it at 3-all on the first pitch of the seventh inning when Span sent a 93 mph fastball into the seats in right field. Guillermo Heredia then drew a walk to chase McCullers, who was replaced by Chris Devenski (2-1).

An error by Devenski when he overthrew first base allowed Heredia to advance to third. The Mariners took a 4-3 lead when Jean Segura's grounder rolled just out of reach of a diving Altuve and into the outfield for a single with two outs.

Seager homered for the second straight game with a solo shot off Joe Smith in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Correa left Wednesday's game before the eighth inning after experiencing discomfort on his right side on a swing on his at-bat in the seventh. He will be re-evaluated Thursday. ''Obviously, you're concerned after you're taken out of a game with an injury. But we'll see what the doc says and hopefully it's nothing bad.''... C Brian McCann, on the disabled list with right knee soreness, had a second straight heavy work day on Wednesday and Hinch said he could come off the disabled list sometime this weekend.

FAMILY TIES

It was a family affair for the Astros on the last day of the draft when they selected three players that are related to current or former players. Houston selected Correa's brother right-hander J.C. Correa in the 33rd round before taking Bregman's brother left-hander A.J. Bregman in the 35th round. They rounded out their family picks in the 37th round by selecting outfielder Antonio Cruz, who is the grandson of former Astros star Jose Cruz.

UP NEXT

Astros: Gerrit Cole (6-1, 2.20 ERA) will start when Houston opens a four-game series at Texas on Thursday. Cole, who leads the AL with 116 strikeouts, has a four-game winning streak.

Mariners: Mike Leake (5-3, 4.71) is scheduled to start Thursday when Seattle starts a four-game series at Tampa Bay. Leake is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 21 strikeouts combined in his last five games.

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  • W: C. Devenski (2-1)L: J. Nicasio (1-3)S: H. Rondon (1)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (11), D. Span (5), K. Seager (11), HOU - E. Gattis (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B50100011.292.315.377.6931.5
J. Segura SS51310011.339.358.486.8436.5
M. Haniger RF-CF50200012.268.354.500.8541.5
N. Cruz DH41221112.260.335.486.8218.5
K. Seager 3B41111004.224.280.427.7076.0
R. Healy 1B40100012.244.278.446.7250.5
D. Span LF31111111.246.356.392.7486.5
G. Heredia CF21000101.264.383.382.7652.0
a- B. Gamel PH-RF10000001.275.347.385.7320.0
M. Zunino C40000011.204.268.431.699-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Heredia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF41210100.293.362.512.8757.0
A. Bregman 3B41210112.264.377.420.7974.5
J. Altuve 2B31110101.332.379.453.8324.0
C. Correa SS30100123.264.348.464.8111.0
M. Gonzalez SS00000000.233.303.360.6630.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40120001.289.313.374.6873.0
J. Reddick RF41100011.228.329.404.7341.5
E. Gattis DH31221101.227.297.442.7389.0
T. Federowicz C40000022.143.143.286.429-1.0
T. Kemp LF42300000.300.390.420.8106.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gordon (11)
    • HR - N. Cruz (11), K. Seager (11), D. Span (5)
    • RBI - J. Segura (39), N. Cruz 2 (31), K. Seager (37), D. Span (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Springer 2 (15), T. Kemp (3)
    • HR - E. Gattis (9)
    • RBI - G. Springer (37), A. Bregman (28), J. Altuve (30), Y. Gurriel 2 (21), E. Gattis 2 (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Segura (13)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (5)
    • DP - 2 (Segura-Gordon-Healy; Segura-Gordon-Healy)
    • PB - M. Zunino (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
    • E - C. Devenski
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. LeBlanc4.07333312.941.220.5
    C. Bradford1.00001001.821.052.0
    J. Pazos1.01000001.250.922.0
    J. Nicasio (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.04430005.341.26-12.0
    D. Altavilla1.01000102.611.262.5
    R. Cook1.00001203.000.833.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. LeBlanc4.0
    C. Bradford1.0
    J. Pazos1.0
    J. Nicasio (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.0
    D. Altavilla1.0
    R. Cook1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. McCullers6.07432423.941.1911.0
    C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.01000101.901.069.5
    J. Smith (H, 4)0.21111015.491.12-3.0
    H. Rondon (S, 1)1.12000201.641.099.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. McCullers6.0
    C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.0
    J. Smith (H, 4)0.2
    H. Rondon (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 83-52, C. Bradford 8-4, J. Pazos 10-7, J. Nicasio 13-9, D. Altavilla 18-9, R. Cook 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 3-4, C. Bradford 2-0, J. Pazos 1-1, R. Cook 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 20, C. Bradford 3, J. Pazos 3, J. Nicasio 4, D. Altavilla 4, R. Cook 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 94-55, C. Devenski 19-14, J. Smith 17-9, H. Rondon 20-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-5, J. Smith 1-1, H. Rondon 2-0
    • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 26, C. Devenski 4, J. Smith 4, H. Rondon 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B50100011.292.315.377.6931.5
    J. Segura SS51310011.339.358.486.8436.5
    M. Haniger RF-CF50200012.268.354.500.8541.5
    N. Cruz DH41221112.260.335.486.8218.5
    K. Seager 3B41111004.224.280.427.7076.0
    R. Healy 1B40100012.244.278.446.7250.5
    D. Span LF31111111.246.356.392.7486.5
    G. Heredia CF21000101.264.383.382.7652.0
    a- B. Gamel PH-RF10000001.275.347.385.7320.0
    M. Zunino C40000011.204.268.431.699-0.5
    Total37511533716-----
    HITTERSAB
    D. Gordon 2B5
    J. Segura SS5
    M. Haniger RF-CF5
    N. Cruz DH4
    K. Seager 3B4
    R. Healy 1B4
    D. Span LF3
    G. Heredia CF2
    a- B. Gamel PH-RF1
    M. Zunino C4
    Total37
    • a-grounded out for Heredia in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF41210100.293.362.512.8757.0
    A. Bregman 3B41210112.264.377.420.7974.5
    J. Altuve 2B31110101.332.379.453.8324.0
    C. Correa SS30100123.264.348.464.8111.0
    M. Gonzalez SS00000000.233.303.360.6630.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40120001.289.313.374.6873.0
    J. Reddick RF41100011.228.329.404.7341.5
    E. Gattis DH31221101.227.297.442.7389.0
    T. Federowicz C40000022.143.143.286.429-1.0
    T. Kemp LF42300000.300.390.420.8106.0
    Total33713715611-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gordon (11)
      • HR - N. Cruz (11), K. Seager (11), D. Span (5)
      • RBI - J. Segura (39), N. Cruz 2 (31), K. Seager (37), D. Span (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer 2 (15), T. Kemp (3)
      • HR - E. Gattis (9)
      • RBI - G. Springer (37), A. Bregman (28), J. Altuve (30), Y. Gurriel 2 (21), E. Gattis 2 (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Springer (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Segura (13)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Haniger (5)
      • DP - 2 (Segura-Gordon-Healy; Segura-Gordon-Healy)
      • PB - M. Zunino (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Correa-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - C. Devenski
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. LeBlanc4.07333312.941.220.5
      C. Bradford1.00001001.821.052.0
      J. Pazos1.01000001.250.922.0
      J. Nicasio (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.04430005.341.26-12.0
      D. Altavilla1.01000102.611.262.5
      R. Cook1.00001203.000.833.0
      Total8.01376561---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. LeBlanc4.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      J. Pazos1.0
      J. Nicasio (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)0.0
      D. Altavilla1.0
      R. Cook1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers6.07432423.941.1911.0
      C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.01000101.901.069.5
      J. Smith (H, 4)0.21111015.491.12-3.0
      H. Rondon (S, 1)1.12000201.641.099.0
      Total9.01154373---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers6.0
      C. Devenski (W, 2-1)1.0
      J. Smith (H, 4)0.2
      H. Rondon (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 83-52, C. Bradford 8-4, J. Pazos 10-7, J. Nicasio 13-9, D. Altavilla 18-9, R. Cook 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 3-4, C. Bradford 2-0, J. Pazos 1-1, R. Cook 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 20, C. Bradford 3, J. Pazos 3, J. Nicasio 4, D. Altavilla 4, R. Cook 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 94-55, C. Devenski 19-14, J. Smith 17-9, H. Rondon 20-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 8-5, J. Smith 1-1, H. Rondon 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 26, C. Devenski 4, J. Smith 4, H. Rondon 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Seager homered to right57
      • 7TH INNING
        Gurriel singled to center, Bregman and Altuve scored47
        Altuve singled to left, Springer scored, Bregman to second45
        Bregman singled to shallow center, Kemp scored, Springer to third44
        Segura singled to center, Heredia scored43
        Span homered to right33
      • 6TH INNING
        Cruz singled to left, Segura scored, Haniger to second23
      • 4TH INNING
        Springer doubled to left center, Kemp scored13
        Gattis homered to left, Reddick scored12
        Cruz homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • H. Rondon Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura singled to right
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Haniger singled to center, Segura to third
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Smith relieved Chris Devenski
        • Marwin Gonzalez at shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded out to first
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager homered to right
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy fouled out to first
        • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
        • Hector Rondon relieved Joe Smith
        • Ben Gamel hit for Guillermo Heredia
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Cook relieved Dan Altavilla
        • T. Federowicz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Federowicz struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Kemp grounded out to third
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • D. Span: Span homered to right
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
        • Chris Devenski relieved Lance McCullers
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Heredia to third on Devenski fielding error, Strike looking, Zunino fouled out to catcher
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura singled to center, Heredia scored
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Segura stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Haniger flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Juan Nicasio relieved James Pazos
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to left center
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Springer doubled to deep right, Kemp to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bregman singled to shallow center, Kemp scored, Springer to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Altuve singled to left, Springer scored, Bregman to second
        • Dan Altavilla relieved Juan Nicasio
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Bregman to third, Altuve to second on passed ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Bregman and Altuve scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick popped out to shortstop
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon lined out to third
        • J. Segura: Segura singled to shallow left
        • M. Haniger: Haniger singled to left, Segura to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cruz singled to left, Segura scored, Haniger to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager fouled out to left
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • James Pazos relieved Chasen Bradford
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick flied out to left
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gattis singled to left
        • T. Federowicz: Ball, Strike swinging, Federowicz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gattis out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia grounded out to third
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chasen Bradford relieved Wade LeBlanc
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Correa out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz homered to left
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick singled to right center
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gattis homered to left, Reddick scored
        • T. Federowicz: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Federowicz struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp singled to right
        • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Springer doubled to left center, Kemp scored
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman lined out to left
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Zunino grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp doubled to deep right center, Kemp out at third
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked, Bregman to second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa singled to shallow right center, Bregman out at home, Altuve to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Healy singled to right center
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heredia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Healy out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel popped out to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • T. Federowicz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Federowicz grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gattis out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. McCullers Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Gordon doubled to deep right
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to third
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve flied out to deep left
        • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)