Toro’s pinch-hit single scores 2 in 9th, leads Mariners past Astros 5-4

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HOUSTON (AP) — Abraham Toro hit for All-Star Julio Rodríguez and delivered a two-run, two-out single in the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners rallied the AL-West-leading Houston Astros 5-4 Saturday night.

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Rodríguez was hit in the hand as he swung on a pitch in the top of the eighth inning. He struck out but played the field in the bottom half of the inning before being relieved in the ninth. Rodríguez had x-rays after the game, according to Shannon Drayer.

The Mariners beat Houston for the first time since June 8, ending a five-game losing streak against the Astros.

Astros closer Ryan Pressly (3-3) entered the ninth inning after converting 21 of his 24 save opportunities this season. Pressly allowed two runs on two hits, walked one and struck out two in the loss on his first missed save since June 23, against the New York Yankees.

Erik Swanson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and took the win, and Paul Sewald recorded his 13th save in 16 attempts.

Seattle starter Chris Flexen has downed eight straight batters at one point but was not included in the decision. Flexen allowed two runs on three hits with four walks and one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. It was his third non-decision in his last eight starts.

Aledmys Diaz opened the fifth with a solo homer to left field. Diaz has homered three in the last two games and nine for the season. Diaz went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Houston rallied with back-to-back doubles from Martín Maldonado and Jose Altuve and a single from Yuli Gurriel for a 4-3 lead.

Seattle had three runs on singles from Eugenio Suárez and Adam Frazier, and a defenseman pick by JP Crawford in the first as Valdez hit two batters into the frame.

Valdez settled after the first and allowed three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out seven in seven innings. It marks his 18th quality start at the top of the majors and his 17th in a row, the second-longest streak in Astros history.


Mariners: LHP Tommy Milone was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a whiplash injury. As a result, LHP Brennan Bernardino was selected from Triple-A Tacoma and OF Marcus Wilson was designated for assignment. … OF Dylan Moore left Saturday’s game with back spasms.


Mariners: George Kirby (2-3, 3.50 ERA) is expected to make his first start against the Astros on Sunday to close the four-game series. Last time out, Kirby got a no-decision against Texas, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out four in five innings.

Astros: Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 4.25 ERA) is expected to start on Sunday, looking to get back on the winning side. Odorizzi’s last victory came on July 10 in Oakland. Last time out, Odorizzi was scored for six runs on seven hits in a loss to the Athletics.

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