Reddick, Houston halt Seattle's win streak

June 25th, 2017

SEATTLE -- launched a two-run home run and hit a bases-clearing double as the Astros snapped the Mariners' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

Houston's offense backed a strong return off the disabled list from starter (7-1), who retired the first 12 batters of the game and gave up one run on four hits and struck out eight in a winning effort over five-plus innings.

"I thought he was great," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was nice to see him come out pretty hot. He was mid-90s from the very beginning, had a really good breaking ball. He cruised through his first few innings and never got in any trouble. They got a couple of swings on him mid-game, but I don't think we could have asked for much more coming back from a long break."

Reddick hammered a sinker left in the middle of the zone a projected 411 feet to straightaway center field, according to Statcast™, for a two-run home run, his eighth of the season, providing the Astros (51-25) a 2-0 lead in the third. The Mariners (39-38) were able to briefly cut into Houston's lead in the sixth, as picked up an RBI single. But McCann provided the Astros insurance runs by ripping a two-out, three-run double to right field in the seventh inning off Seattle reliever .

The Mariners assembled one last hurrah in the bottom of the ninth, as pinch-hitter Mike Zunino walked with the bases loaded and two outs, but , who walked three in a row with two outs, struck out looking to thwart the threat.

"It's tough to win games," Hinch said. "We played pretty well. They battled at the end and did a really good job of competing at the end, both sides did. It's tough to win, especially when those guys are playing so well, but all's well that ends well."

Mariners starter Sam Gaviglio (3-2) was handed the loss, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out three over six innings.

"We're in a good spot [down] 2-1, liking our chances late, but they got the big hit and we weren't able to come up with it tonight," Mariners managers Scott Servais said. "The goal coming in here was to win the series, and we got a chance to do that tomorrow."


Oh so close: 
With two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger tracked to his right and laid out for a spectacular diving catch. The only problem? The ball came out as he closed his glove and it rolled to the wall, allowing McCann to notch a three-run double. singled, Reddick reached on catcher's interference and singled to load the bases. More >

"The ball was hooking away from Haniger, which was to our advantage," Hinch said. "McCann battled that at-bat. A two-out hit to clear the bases was just a great battle between those two. Obviously, well-placed but couldn't have come at a bigger moment."

Lance's great escape: McCullers sent down the first 12 batters he faced before beat out an infield dribbler to start the fifth. followed with a double to put runners at second and third with no outs, but McCullers buckled down. He struck out Haniger, got to hit into a fielder's choice and then struck out to end threat, pumping his fists as he left the mound.

"When we here last time, Motter really hurt us. I know he can hit the ball out to left field at any given second, but that was big for me ... and for us," McCullers said.


"That's probably the best lineup we've faced all year. Honestly, top to bottom, there's not really a huge break anywhere in there. So for us to be able to come back, bounce back from yesterday and put together a good win is good for us," -- McCullers on the Mariners' lineup


By getting their 51st victory, the Astros equaled their win total from the entire 2013 season.


Reddick made two diving catches to rob the Mariners of base hits. The toughest came in the seventh, as Reddick sprinted forward on a hard-hit line drive and laid out for the third out of the inning and saving a run. It was rated a four-star snag with a catch probability of 44 percent by Statcast™, as Reddick traveled 51 feet in 3.6 seconds to complete the grab. The first catch came in the first, as Reddick prevented 's well-hit ball -- which had a 79 percent hit probability, according to Statcast™ -- from dropping. More >


Astros: Right-hander will make his third career start in Sunday's 3:10 p.m. CT series finale against the Mariners. Martes, who's starting in place of Brad Peacock (paternity leave), won his previous two starts by allowing four earned runs in 10 2/3 innings.

Mariners: takes the hill for the Mariners at 1:10 p.m. PT Sunday to cap off the three-game series at Safeco Field. The 28-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.17 ERA in his last eight starts.

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