Astros rally late to top Mariners
Seattle gave up a late lead, as reliever Juan Nicasio failed to get an out in a four-run Houston seventh inning and the Astros won 7-5 Thursday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
With Seattle leading 4-3, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve had RBI singles and Yuli Gurriel capped the four-run seventh inning with a two-run single off Nicasio, whose ERA moved to 5.34.
Kyle Seager added an eighth-inning homer, but the Mariners (38-23) couldn't muster any more runs against the American League West rival Astros (38-25).
Nelson Cruz and Denard Span earlier homered for the Mariners. After Span's homer tied the game, Jean Segura's RBI single made the score 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning. But it was a short-lived lead.
Starters Wade LeBlanc and Lance McCullers Jr. pitched decently, but didn't factor into the decision.
Segura had three of Seattle's 11 hits. Tony Kemp had three of Houston's 13 hits. Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer.
The Mariners play a four-game series at Tampa Bay next, starting at 4 p.m. PT Thursday, with Mike Leake (5-3) pitching opposite Ryne Stanek (1-1).