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Mariners pound Astros, put pressure in wild card standings

Sep 20, 2014 - 6:04 AM Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager hit three-run homers during a seven-run fourth inning, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 10-5 victory over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series.

Dustin Ackley added a pair of home runs for the Mariners, who sit a half-game behind Kansas City for second place in the AL wild card standings. Taijuan Walker (2-2) gave up two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

"I wanted to make sure I went out there and threw strikes, especially with my fastball," Walker said.

Jonathan Villar and Dexter Fowler each knocked in two runs for the Astros, who have lost four in a row. Jose Altuve went 3-for-3 with a run scored to extend his Major League lead to 216 hits. In doing so he tied Magglio Ordonez (2007) for the most hits in a season by a Venezuelan-born player.

Altuve also set a franchise record with his 24th three-hit game of the season, passing Craig Biggio (23 in 1998).

Brad Peacock (4-9) allowed seven runs -- two earned -- on six hits with four walks over 3 1/3 innings. He pitched for the first time since Sept.8 due to soreness in his lower back.

"Brad wasn't as sharp as he's been the last couple of times out," Astros interim manager Tom Lawless said.

The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the first. Altuve doubled and scored on Fowler's two-out single to left.

Ackley tied things up in the third with the first of his two homers.

The Mariners exploded for seven runs in the fourth. A throwing error by Villar and a fielding error by Chris Carter started the inning. Zunino followed with a blast to left-center field. Austin Jackson and Ackley walked prior to Robinson Cano's RBI single. Jake Buchanan came in from the bullpen and gave up a three-run homer to Seager.

Fowler and Villar hit RBI singles in the fifth and sixth to cut the gap to 8-3.

Ackley led off the eighth with his second homer of the game, but the Astros responded with two runs in the bottom half.

James Jones scored on a passed ball in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Mariners improved to 10-7 against the Astros this season ... Walker made his first start since July 23 ... Houston went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.








  • SEATTLE: 10
    HOUSTON: 5
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  • James Jones scored on Max Stassi's passed ball with two outs. None on and Brad Miller at the plate.

    Mariners 10, Astros 5  Top 9, 2 OutsSep 19 11:34 PM


  • Brad Miller grounds out to first base, Chris Carter to Samuel Deduno.

    Mariners 10, Astros 5  Top 9, 2 OutsSep 19 11:34 PM


  • Jonathan Villar single to left scored Matt Dominguez with two outs. Runner on first and Robbie Grossman due up.

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  • Jonathan Villar singles to shallow center field. Matt Dominguez scores.

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  • Jake Marisnick ground out third to first scored Max Stassi with two outs. On the play, Matt Dominguez advances to third. Runner on third and Jonathan Villar due up.

    Mariners 9, Astros 4  Bot 8, 2 OutsSep 19 11:17 PM


  • Jake Marisnick grounds out to third base, Kyle Seager to Logan Morrison. Matt Dominguez to third. Max Stassi scores.

    Mariners 9, Astros 4  Bot 8, 1 OutSep 19 11:15 PM


  • Dustin Ackley lead off Home Run 2 (13) to right. Robinson Cano due up.

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  • Dustin Ackley homers to right field.

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  • Jonathan Villar single to center scored Jake Marisnick with two outs. Runner on first and Robbie Grossman due up.

    Mariners 8, Astros 3  Bot 6, 2 OutsSep 19 10:32 PM


  • Jonathan Villar singles to center field. Jake Marisnick scores.

    Mariners 8, Astros 3  Bot 6, 2 OutsSep 19 10:31 PM


  • Dexter Fowler single to right scored Robbie Grossman with two outs. Runner on first and Jason Castro due up.

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  • Dexter Fowler singles to right field. Robbie Grossman scores.

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  • Kyle Seager one-out, three-run Home Run (24) to right center scored Dustin Ackley and Robinson Cano. Kendrys Morales due up.

    Mariners 8, Astros 1  Top 4, 1 OutSep 19 9:42 PM


  • Kyle Seager homers to right field. Robinson Cano scores. Dustin Ackley scores.

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  • Robinson Cano single to left scored Austin Jackson with one out. On the play, Dustin Ackley advances to second. Runners on first and second and Kyle Seager due up.

    Mariners 5, Astros 1  Top 4, 1 OutSep 19 9:38 PM


  • Robinson Cano singles to shallow left field. Dustin Ackley to second. Austin Jackson scores.

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  • Mike Zunino none-out, three-run Home Run (21) to left center scored Logan Morrison and Michael Saunders. Brad Miller due up.

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  • Mike Zunino homers to center field. Michael Saunders scores. Logan Morrison scores.

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  • Dustin Ackley two-out, solo Home Run (12) to left. Robinson Cano due up.

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  • Dustin Ackley homers to left field.

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  • Dexter Fowler single to left scored Jose Altuve with two outs. Runner on first and Jason Castro due up.

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  • Dexter Fowler singles to shallow left field. Jose Altuve scores.

    Mariners 0, Astros 1  Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 19 8:28 PM


  • Austin Jackson singles to right field.

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