Nelson Cruz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.
As one team celebrated a division title in front of a cheering fan base, the other team quietly prepared for a long flight home where they could dwell on the distinct possibility that their postseason dream had been crushed by the team they simply couldn’t beat this season. With a 7-1 drubbing of the Mariners on Sunday afternoon, the Houston Astros clinched the American League West title.
Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run as the Houston Astros jumped on James Paxton and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night to move closer to clinching the American League West.
Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Thursday night.
Seattle Mariners (73-73) vs. Texas Rangers (72-73) at 5:05 p.m. in the third of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night in a matchup of wild-card hopefuls.
The last thing the Mariners needed Monday was for left-hander Ariel Miranda to take a big step backward. This was that and more. Miranda failed to make it through the second inning in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.
An opportunity slipped away Sunday from the Mariners in large part because reliever Nick Vincent, in an otherwise standout season, remains bedeviled by Angels. Vincent surrendered three runs in the eighth inning, which turned a tie game into a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Justin Upton delivered the key blow with a two-run double.
Andrew Albers threw six scoreless innings in the Mariners’ 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night, improving to 4-1 with the M’s.
Ben Gamel hit a three-run homer to give Seattle an early lead, Mike Leake overcame first-inning problems to pitch six solid innings, and the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Astros debut after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston’s first hit Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Even if the Mariners hadn’t fueled their collapse Monday with three costly walks in a disastrous four-run seventh inning, there’s no way to know whether they could have found their way past Houston ace Dallas Keuchel. Those three walks – two were strategic intentional walks – simply made things easy for Keuchel and the Astros in a 6-2 victory at Safeco Field.