Nick Margevicius tossed six shutout innings, Ty France drove in a pair of runs and the Seattle Mariners kept their slim postseason hopes alive with a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Seattle closed out the home portion of its schedule taking two of three from the Astros and enter the final weekend three back of Houston with four games to play for second place in the AL West. Seattle closes with four games at Oakland, while the Astros go to Texas for four games.
But it’s not just Seattle still nipping at the Astros. The Los Angeles Angels won again on Wednesday and are 2½ games behind the Astros.
It was Seattle’s first series win against Houston since Sept. 17-19, 2018, when the Mariners took two of three.
Houston’s Zack Greinke didn’t make it through the fifth inning and lost to Seattle for just the second time in nine career starts. Greinke (3-3) struggled with control early and France’s RBI double in the first inning gave Seattle an early lead.
The Mariners got to Greinke for two more runs in the fifth inning. Kyle Seager’s two-out double scored J.P. Crawford from first base despite a perfect relay throw to the plate by shortstop Carlos Correa. France followed with a single into left field to score Seager.
Greinke allowed eight hits in 4 2/3 innings and lost his third straight decision.
Houston got a pair of runs in the ninth off Seattle's Yoshihisa Hirano. Kyle Tucker walked leading off, Aledmys Diaz doubled with two outs and pinch-hitter Josh Reddick singled to drive in both.
George Springer followed with a broken-bat single to advance pinch-runner Myles Straw to second, but Hirano struck out Jose Altuve to end it for his fourth save.
Margevicius (2-3) was clean through four innings, giving up just one hit and walking two batters. He ran into trouble in the fifth inning after singles by Yuli Gurriel and Correa, and a one-out walk to Martin Maldonado to load the bases.
Margevicius got Springer to chase an 0-2 pitch out of the zone for the second out, and Altuve flied out to end the threat.
The Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out its season awards to Mariners players on Wednesday. Kyle Lewis was named player of the year. Marco Gonzales was voted pitcher of the year. And Dee Strange-Gordon was honored with the “Good Guy Award” for his contributions off the field and with the media.
Mariners: Seattle placed OF Jake Fraley on the injured list and recalled Braden Bishop. Fraley suffered a right quadriceps strain during Tuesday’s game. It was Fraley’s first game after being recalled to take the roster spot of Dylan Moore, who was placed on the concussion injured list.
Astros: RHP Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33) makes his 10th start as Houston opens its final series at Texas. Javier lasted just four innings in his last start against Arizona.
Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 5.93) gets the start as Seattle opens its final series of the regular season at Oakland. Kikuchi lasted just four innings and allowed five runs in his last start vs. San Diego.
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