SEATTLE -- George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis clubbed home runs, and the Astros' bullpen shut the Mariners out for seven innings to lead Houston to an 8-2 win over Seattle on Sunday at Safeco Field, securing the series victory.Springer launched a 456-foot solo home run, according to Statcast™,
SEATTLE -- George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis clubbed home runs, and the Astros' bullpen shut the Mariners out for seven innings to lead Houston to an 8-2 win over Seattle on Sunday at Safeco Field, securing the series victory.
Springer launched a 456-foot solo home run, according to Statcast™, off the black batter's eye in center field in the fourth inning, scoring the Astros' first run. Carlos Correa added a game-tying RBI double, and Gurriel slugged a two-run home run to the upper deck in left field to cap the four-run inning.
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Gattis launched a two-run home run a projected 426 feet, Josh Reddick ripped an RBI single to left and Jose Altuve walked with the bases loaded in the ninth to tack on four more insurance runs. The Astros finished off a 6-1 road trip to improve to a Major League-best 52-25.
Houston starting pitcher Francis Martes, who filled in for Brad Peacock (paternity list), lasted only two innings and allowed two runs on two hits, with four walks and three strikeouts. But Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson combined to blank the Mariners the rest of the way.
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"Obviously, it's big to get a series win against these guys on the road the way they've been playing," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We needed all of those [relievers] to step up. The versatility of our 'pen has been talked about over and over again. It was in full effect again. All those guys came in and did a nice job stretching themselves to their limitations."
Robinson Cano hit a slicing line drive to left-center field with the bases loaded and two outs in the second, scoring two runs, but Mitch Haniger was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. That's all the Mariners could muster, as Seattle went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
"I think our guys were trying to make adjustments, stay on the offspeed pitches there," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It just wasn't our day offensively. And you're going to have those once in a while."
Seattle starter Ariel Miranda was handed the loss after giving up four runs over 7 1/3 innings, all of which came in the fourth.
"For the most part, he threw the ball well. It's just the one inning got him and he gave up four of his five hits in that one inning," Servais said. "Disappointing ballgame today. I thought early we really had their starter on the ropes, Martes, and we really couldn't cash in."
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Offensive eruption: After Miranda allowed three straight hits to start the fourth, he appeared to settle down by inducing an easy groundout and a popout to first. But Gurriel thwarted any hope of limited damage for Miranda, as he crushed a 3-2 fastball for a go-ahead homer and a 4-2 lead. The Statcast™-projected 420-foot homer was Gurriel's second longest of the season.
Upon further review: The Mariners challenged the out call on Haniger at the plate in the second inning following Cano's two-run double. After the replay review, crew chief Angel Hernandez initially signaled safe and the Mariners celebrated, but he soon corrected the call to out, which caused confusion on the field.
"We had the play at the plate, which I'm shocked was not overturned," Servais said. "It was pretty clear to me." More >
"I thought he was off from the beginning. You could tell by his mannerisms he was very disappointed in himself. He was carrying a big burden of trying to be perfect," -- Hinch, on Martes
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The Astros won a game when their starter pitched two innings or fewer for the first time since Sept. 21, 2012, against the Pirates. Edgar Gonzalez went 1 2/3 innings.
Astros: The Astros are off Monday before opening a three-game series against the A's at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park. Right-hander Mike Fiers (5-2, 3.81 ERA) will get the start. He's 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last five starts.
Mariners: After their first off day in 20 days, the Mariners begin a two-game series against the Phillies at Safeco Field on Tuesday, starting at 7:10 p.m. PT. James Paxton (5-2, 3.39 ERA) gets the start vs. Philly's Aaron Nola. Paxton is 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in his last three starts after starting the season 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA through eight outings.
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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Sunday.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.