Seattle stuns Houston with late-game heroics
The Seattle Mariners stunned the World Series champion Houston Astros, rallying to win 4-3 Sunday, thanks to Ryon Healy's tying, two-out ninth-inning homer, and sweeping the four-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Healy's homer came off reliever Hector Rondon, and then Dee Gordon singled and scored on Mitch Haniger's double in the 10th inning off Roberto Osuna.
Edwin Diaz allowed a base hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, but he coaxed Carlos Correa into a groundout to end the game for his 46th save. He had a save in each of the four Seattle wins.
It was a dramatic turn of events for the Mariners (69-50), who swept the American League West Division-leading Astros (73-46) in a four-game series for the first time. Seattle now moves on to a key three-game series at Oakland, which sits just above the Mariners in the division standings.
The series opens at 7 p.m. Monday with Marco Gonzales (12-7) pitching opposite Sean Manaea (10-8).
The Astros had rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rally began with James Pazos hitting Kyle Tucker with a pitch, and then the RBIs came on Alex Bregman's bloop single, Correa's check-swing single and Evan Gattis' sacrifice fly, all off Nick Vincent.
Then, the rally happened.
Seattle led 2-0 going into the late innings on Healy's single and Mike Zunino's solo homer.
Erasmo Ramirez, up from the minors, had a solid start, going five innings and allowing only three hits.
Haniger went 3 for 5 and had a great series — 9 for 15 with five doubles and a homer, all from the leadoff position. Healy went 5 for 8 with two doubles and a homer in the past four games.