Seattle takes second game in row at Houston, 5-2, after three-run eighth inning, with the big blow being Nelson Cruz's two-run double

CRUZThe Seattle Mariners have bounced back from two bad losses at Texas, and they've taken the first two games of a four-game series at Houston.

The Mariners scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a tie, with the big hit being Nelson Cruz's two-run double, and beat the Astros 5-2 Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Seattle (67-50) goes for the third win in a row at 4 p.m. Saturday, as Wade LeBlanc (6-2) pitches opposite Charlie Morton (12-2).

The Astros (73-44) welcomed back Carlos Correa to the lineup — they're still playing without Jose Altuve and George Springer — but he went 0 for 3 and the Mariner pitchers held the Astros in check.

Houston led 2-0 after five innings on Tony Kemp's RBI single and Alex Bregman's RBI double off Mike Leake.

But, the Mariners tied it in the sixth inning off Houston starter Gerrit Cole. Mitch Haniger had an RBI double and Denard Span an RBI single.

Then, in the eighth inning, Haniger reached on another double and Span on a single.

Ryan Pressly relieved Cole and promptly hit Jean Segura with a pitch. Cruz then doubled to deep center, scoring Haniger and Span, and Kyle Seager's groundout plated Cruz for a 5-2 Seattle lead.

Alex Colome (eighth inning) and Edwin Diaz (ninth) put the Astros down in order to close out the game.

Haniger went 2 for 4, making him 6 for 7 in the series with a home run and four doubles after being moved to the leadoff spot.

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