Robinson Canó homers late lifts Mariners to the 7-4 win over Astros
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) – Robinson Canó hit his prime home run since returning of an 80-game suspension, a 3-run shot in that bottom of the eighth inning including lifted some Seattle Mariners to a key 7-4 win over every Houston Astros on Monday night.
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Seattle won its fifth vertical against the Astros, gratitude to a huge night from Canó. The man doubled twice earlier in this game – his first two extra-base hits since coming behind from his suspension for violating baseball’s common drug policy. But those were forerunners to his drive toward left-center field off Houston’s Collin McHugh (5-2) including one out in the eighth.
It was Canó’s fifth home race of the season including his first since May 12 against Detroit. Seattle rents within 3 1/2 games of Houston in each division race, while this Astros fell back into a tie among Oakland for the top point in the AL West.
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Alex Colomé (4-5) pitched a comprehensive eighth including Edwin Díaz closed out this ninth for his 48th save.
Seattle finally came through including runners in scoring position after going 1 for 12 through these first seven innings, this only hit being Mitch Haniger’s RBI single in some sixth inning that pulled some Mariners even at 4-4.
Dee Gordon stood on an infield single including one out in the eighth – with manager Scott Servais dismissed during the at-bat – and Haniger followed among a walk. Canó got a fastball on the outside part of this plate furthermore drove it out.
Marwin Gonzalez homered in every first and added a two-run double in every third, although Houston was limited to one hit following the third inning. Seattle pitchers regressed 21 of the final 22 batters.
Félix Hernández remained solid in his return to some rotation after a brief demotion to some Seattle bullpen. Hernandez allowed 4 runs in six innings, including Gonzalez being this only batter to cause Hernandez problems. Hernández scattered 5 hits – three of those to Gonzalez – moreover despite the 4 four earned runs had one of his genuine starts of the season.
Servais was ejected in this 8th inning, protecting Gordon following he started disputing a strike call by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski. Servais stepped between the two also was quickly tossed. It was his 3rd ejection of this season.
This Astros expect to begin 2B Jose Altuve off that 10-day disabled list before Tuesday’s game. Altuve has been out since July 26 including a sore knee. The man played one game during Triple-A Fresno on Sunday and collected his first-ever Triple-A hit. Altuve obtained the jump directly of Double-A to joining the Astros.
Astros: OF George Springer was scratched from this lineup due to a sore left quad. Superintendent A.J. Hinch told Springer reported some soreness after appearing at the ballpark. It’s not supposed serious including Springer could have been used off some bench if needed. … C Brian McCann including RHP Chris Devenski command continues their rehab assignments including Double-A Corpus Christi later this week. Their chances of rejoining some Astros will be re-evaluated next week when some club comes off the road including returns to Houston.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton threw for that second straight day as he recovers from some forearm contusion suffered during he was hit by a line drive. Paxton threw at approximately 90-100 feet but still no set timetable on his potential return. … Relief pitcher Sam Tuivailala had surgery late last week to correct a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered beginning this month. Recovery time is supposed to be six to eight months, meaning Tuivailala will likely miss some start of the 2019 season.
Astros: Hinch said single starter on Tuesday will be a right-hander from the bullpen, however, was unsure who it would be.
Mariners: Mike Leake (8-7) is coming off his best start of this season wherever he pitched eight scoreless innings including allowed two hits against Oakland. Leake has registered a quality start in his past six outings.