Cruz's double in 8th helps Mariners beat Astros 5-2

HOUSTON (AP) The Seattle Mariners are feeling pretty good after beating Houston All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights.

Still, they know they have a lot more work to do as they chase their first playoff berth since 2001.

''We came here and wanted to start playing some better games and that's what we've done,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''We're just playing better baseball right now and the top of the lineup has been really swinging the bat well.''

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to lift the Mariners a 5-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night.

Houston leads the AL West and Seattle is 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot.

Mitch Haniger doubled with one out in the eighth, and Denard Span singled to chase Cole (10-5). The double by Haniger was his fifth extra-base hit in the last two games after he doubled in the sixth Friday and had two doubles and a homer Thursday.

Cole was replaced by Ryan Pressly, whose first pitch plunked Jean Segura on the top of his left hand. Cruz then smashed a ball off the wall in left-center to score Haniger and Span and make it 4-2. The Mariners tacked on a run when Segura scored on a groundout by Kyle Seager.

''They've got a really good club,'' Servais said. ''You've got to pitch them really well, you've got to keep them down because you know it's going to be tight ball games here and we got some big hits late.''

Seattle starter Mike Leake allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings. Adam Warren (1-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 44th save.

Cole yielded six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings for his season-high third straight loss.

The Astros had trouble stringing hits together until Marwin Gonzalez and Tyler White hit consecutive singles with no outs in the fifth inning. Martin Maldonado then reached on a fielder's choice that left Gonzalez out at home.

Tony Kemp's single to center field with two outs scored White to make it 1-0. Alex Bregman followed with an RBI double to push the lead to 2-0 before Carlos Correa grounded out to end the inning and leave Kemp stranded at third. Correa was 0 for 3 in his return after missing more than a month with a sore lower back.

Cole sailed through the first five innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced with the only baserunner coming on a double by Cruz to start the second inning. He'd sat down 12 straight when Cameron Maybin singled to start the sixth inning. Cole then walked Dee Gordon on four pitches before a double by Haniger scored Maybin to cut the lead to 2-1.

Span's single sent Gordon home to tie it up. There were two outs in the inning when center fielder Jake Marisnick made a spectacular diving catch to rob Seager of a hit and keep the game tied. Marisnick sailed through the air and snagged the ball just inches from the grass to end the inning. Cole extended both hands into the air and cheered after seeing the catch before putting his glove on his head and shaking it in relief.

''Off the bat I didn't see it great, and then I was able to get there and stretch out and save a couple of runs there for Gerrit,'' Marisnick said.

Marisnick was injured running the bases on a double in the seventh inning. The team said Marisnick, who is filling in at center field for an injured George Springer, left the game with discomfort in his left groin.

''I don't know how he's doing, but I've been on the field for too many injuries lately, so I am not very optimistic,'' manager A.J. Hinch said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Segura said his hand was sore from being hit by the pitch on Friday night but that X-rays were negative. He said he hoped to play on Saturday but would know more after he takes batting practice.

Astros: Hinch said 2B Jose Altuve (sore right knee) is making progress, but won't return during this homestand, which runs through Wednesday. Altuve, the reigning AL MVP, hasn't played since July 25.

OFFENSE HEATING UP

The Mariners have scored five or more runs in three straight games for the first time since June 5-7. Before the start of this streak Seattle had eclipsed four runs just once in nine games.

UP NEXT

Houston's Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.81 ERA) opposes Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.81) when the series continues on Saturday night. Morton struck out eight in seven innings in his last start to give him a career-high 167 strikeouts this season.

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  • W: A. Warren (1-1)L: G. Cole (10-5)S: E. Diaz (44)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger RF41210000.273.362.475.8376.0
D. Span LF41210000.277.355.445.8014.0
G. Heredia LF00000000.227.310.326.6370.0
J. Segura SS31000002.306.337.435.7722.0
N. Cruz DH40220012.268.353.556.9105.5
K. Seager 3B40010024.228.277.418.6940.0
M. Zunino C40000022.202.256.424.680-1.0
R. Healy 1B40000011.230.264.431.694-0.5
C. Maybin CF41100000.254.337.335.6722.0
D. Gordon 2B31000100.276.299.339.6372.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Kemp LF30110110.301.392.442.8332.5
    A. Bregman 3B40210002.278.381.517.8984.0
    C. Correa SS30000115.265.351.474.8250.5
    J. Reddick RF40100011.248.319.413.7320.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.280.309.391.7000.0
    M. Gonzalez 2B40300000.242.326.389.7152.0
    T. White DH41100021.279.380.574.9531.0
    M. Maldonado C31000012.217.278.325.6030.5
    a- E. Gattis PH10000000.241.301.485.7860.0
    J. Marisnick CF30100002.217.279.411.6902.0
    D. Fisher PR-CF10000010.169.214.403.617-0.5
    • a-flied out for Maldonado in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger 2 (23), N. Cruz 2 (13)
    • RBI - M. Haniger (75), D. Span (51), N. Cruz 2 (75), K. Seager (62)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Seager 2 (2), M. Zunino, R. Healy
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (37), J. Marisnick (7)
    • RBI - T. Kemp (24), A. Bregman (72)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp (12), A. Bregman (27)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa 4 (4), J. Reddick, T. White
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Gonzalez (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Segura-Gordon-Healy)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake6.08221404.111.3112.0
    A. Warren (W, 1-1)1.01001003.001.398.0
    A. Colome (H, 21)1.00000103.181.203.5
    E. Diaz (S, 44)1.00000202.050.7911.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake6.0
    A. Warren (W, 1-1)1.0
    A. Colome (H, 21)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 44)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (L, 10-5)7.16441502.750.997.5
    R. Pressly0.21110103.401.28-1.5
    C. McHugh1.00000000.980.713.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (L, 10-5)7.1
    R. Pressly0.2
    C. McHugh1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 97-65, A. Warren 22-14, A. Colome 11-7, E. Diaz 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-3, A. Warren 1-2, A. Colome 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, A. Warren 5, A. Colome 3, E. Diaz 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Pressly (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 93-63, R. Pressly 15-9, C. McHugh 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 8-9, R. Pressly 1-0, C. McHugh 1-2
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 29, R. Pressly 4, C. McHugh 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger RF41210000.273.362.475.8376.0
    D. Span LF41210000.277.355.445.8014.0
    G. Heredia LF00000000.227.310.326.6370.0
    J. Segura SS31000002.306.337.435.7722.0
    N. Cruz DH40220012.268.353.556.9105.5
    K. Seager 3B40010024.228.277.418.6940.0
    M. Zunino C40000022.202.256.424.680-1.0
    R. Healy 1B40000011.230.264.431.694-0.5
    C. Maybin CF41100000.254.337.335.6722.0
    D. Gordon 2B31000100.276.299.339.6372.0
    Total3457501611-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Kemp LF30110110.301.392.442.8332.5
      A. Bregman 3B40210002.278.381.517.8984.0
      C. Correa SS30000115.265.351.474.8250.5
      J. Reddick RF40100011.248.319.413.7320.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.280.309.391.7000.0
      M. Gonzalez 2B40300000.242.326.389.7152.0
      T. White DH41100021.279.380.574.9531.0
      M. Maldonado C31000012.217.278.325.6030.5
      a- E. Gattis PH10000000.241.301.485.7860.0
      J. Marisnick CF30100002.217.279.411.6902.0
      D. Fisher PR-CF10000010.169.214.403.617-0.5
      Total3429202715-----
      • a-flied out for Maldonado in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger 2 (23), N. Cruz 2 (13)
      • RBI - M. Haniger (75), D. Span (51), N. Cruz 2 (75), K. Seager (62)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Seager 2 (2), M. Zunino, R. Healy
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (37), J. Marisnick (7)
      • RBI - T. Kemp (24), A. Bregman (72)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp (12), A. Bregman (27)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa 4 (4), J. Reddick, T. White
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Gonzalez (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Segura-Gordon-Healy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake6.08221404.111.3112.0
      A. Warren (W, 1-1)1.01001003.001.398.0
      A. Colome (H, 21)1.00000103.181.203.5
      E. Diaz (S, 44)1.00000202.050.7911.0
      Total9.0922270---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake6.0
      A. Warren (W, 1-1)1.0
      A. Colome (H, 21)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 44)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (L, 10-5)7.16441502.750.997.5
      R. Pressly0.21110103.401.28-1.5
      C. McHugh1.00000000.980.713.0
      Total9.0755160---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (L, 10-5)7.1
      R. Pressly0.2
      C. McHugh1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 97-65, A. Warren 22-14, A. Colome 11-7, E. Diaz 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 9-3, A. Warren 1-2, A. Colome 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, A. Warren 5, A. Colome 3, E. Diaz 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Pressly (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 93-63, R. Pressly 15-9, C. McHugh 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 8-9, R. Pressly 1-0, C. McHugh 1-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 29, R. Pressly 4, C. McHugh 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Seager grounded out to second, Segura scored, Cruz to third52
        Cruz doubled to left center, Haniger and Span scored, Segura to third42
      • 6TH INNING
        Span reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon scored22
        Haniger doubled to deep left, Maybin scored, Gordon to third12
      • 5TH INNING
        Bregman doubled to deep left, Maldonado scored, Kemp to third02
        Kemp singled to center, White scored, Maldonado to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Ryan Pressly
        • R. Healy: Healy grounded out to third
        • C. Maybin: Maybin lined out to center
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • Evan Gattis hit for Martin Maldonado
        • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to deep center
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded bunt out to catcher
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep left
        • D. Span: Span singled to center, Haniger to third
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Gerrit Cole
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura hit by pitch, Span to second
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz doubled to left center, Haniger and Span scored, Segura to third
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to second, Segura scored, Cruz to third
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Guillermo Heredia in left field
        • Alex Colome relieved Adam Warren
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to second
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy grounded out to third
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin lined out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Warren relieved Mike Leake
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Maldonado flied out to center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick doubled to deep left
        • Derek Fisher ran for Jake Marisnick
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kemp walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman flied out to right
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kemp out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maybin singled to center
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked, Maybin to second
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep left, Maybin scored, Gordon to third
        • D. Span: Span reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon scored
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Segura popped bunt out to pitcher
        • N. Cruz: Cruz flied out to right
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Seager lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick grounded out to first
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to center
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, White singled to center, Gonzalez to third
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Gonzalez out at home, White to second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick flied out to deep right, White to third
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp singled to center, White scored, Maldonado to third
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman doubled to deep left, Maldonado scored, Kemp to third
        • C. Correa: Correa grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Span: Foul, Span grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura lined out to left
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman singled to left
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Bregman to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reddick out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Maybin flied out to center
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to third
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick flied out to right
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz doubled to deep center
        • K. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gurriel flied out to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Foul, White grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger popped out to catcher
        • D. Span: Ball, Span fouled out to third
        • J. Segura: Segura lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)