Cano's homers Mariners top Astros 12-4, boost playoff hopes

Before the game, there were no signs of sulking about the night before.

Tom Wilhelmsen and Diesel Dan Altavilla combined for two final scoreless innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4.

"He gave up a couple in the first, but our offense rebounded and got him in a good spot", manager Scott Servais said. We kind of let it slip away. "Every single game now, we have to find a way to win". He didn't give up any runs, but it helped push his overall total to 91 pitches after five innings.

Even so, the King insisted he threw well. "I think the guys left here in a pretty good state of mind based on what happened, and they showed up ready to play".

"He's Alex Bregman; he's sort of never out of an at-bat", Hinch said.

The Astros trailed 4-2 entering the sixth before Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit consecutive singles with no outs. Springer and Marwin Gonzalez got big hits later in the inning that put the Astros ahead for good.

Marte, after stepping on second for the force, threw wildly to first base.

They'll go back to Seattle with an 84-74 record and face the A's in a four-game series with no margin for error or loss. Bregman batted for Jason Castro and lined a game-tying single to left.

Sam Dyson earned his 37th save, striking out Domingo Santana to leave runners at first and third in the ninth inning. Another error. The Mariners challenged the call, which stood after replay officials decided they didn't see enough to reverse the call.

HOUSTON (AP) - A person familiar with J.J. Watt's condition says he has re-injured his back and the Houston Texans expect him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season. It sure looked like it was going to be another win for these M's to jump to 11 games over 500.

Seattle doubled its lead in the second on Nori Aoki's RBI single and Seth Smith's two-run single.

And that was that. The series concludes Wednesday afternoon.

Scribner's work permitted the Mariners to regroup for a decisive charge against Houston's bullpen. This marks his second showdown loss to the Astros in 11 days. The Mariners can only hope it means something.

"Contact is your friend, and you put some energy back in the dugout and put up a really big number against a pitcher who was conceivably cruising after the first inning", Hinch said. "I have a different perspective on this team because I was watching them every day on TV when I was in Arizona rehabbing". "There's no reason to stop now". Seager hit a three-run shot to right field to complete the scoring. "I can make that play easy". Paxton threw 29 pitches in the first inning, leading to his early exit. 2B Robinson Canó (.300 AVG) had himself a night going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of doubles. Nelson Cruz also went 2 for 4 and drove in his 102nd run. He hasn't allowed a run in 10 appearances and 121/3 innings pitched.

Scribner was activated September 1 from the disabled list and now has 10 scoreless appearances covering 12 1/3 innings.

MINUS: Shortstop Ketel Marte has 20 errors. As the Mariners vie to get the American League wild card spot, Tuesday was a rough night. The Red Sox lost 6-4 to the Yankees on Tuesday. It is the longest current streak at the park. Seager owns the longest active hitting streak at the venue, with Logan Morrison holding the longest previous streak at 18 games from 2011 to 15.

QUOTABLE: Felix Hernandez is 0-3 against Houston over the last two years while allowing 17 earned runs and 24 hits in 10 1/3 innings. Leonys Martin and Mike Zunino had RBIs in a two-run seventh before Seager's bomb. These two players and George Springer have played on top of their game recently. "I've just got to make different pitches and take a different approach, and I'll be fine".

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