Kyle Seager hit a ninth-inning homer, but San Diego wins 5-4; Seattle now faces 10-game road trip with playoff hopes practically gone

HEDGESThe Seattle Mariners are mathematically alive for the American League playoffs, but it's not looking good with 17 games left. It'd be a miracle now for the Mariners to make the playoffs.

Houston and Oakland both won Wednesday, pushing the Mariners back in the A.L. West Division and wild-card standings even further.

San Diego beat Seattle again, 5-4 Wednesday at Safeco Field, and the Padres (59-88) went 4-0 against the Mariners (79-66).

Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe each hit two-run homers off starter Wade LeBlanc, and Wil Myers added an RBI double. But, because of errors, only two of the five runs off LeBlanc were earned.

Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager hit solo homers and Mitch Haniger had an RBI triple. Seager's homer came with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and was followed by Dee Gordon's single. But, San Diego pitcher Kirby Yates got three outs, the final one coming on Chris Herrmann's strikeout.

San Diego struck out nine hitters in a row at one point.

The final 17 Seattle games come against A.L. West Division opponents. A series at Los Angeles starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. Mike Leake (9-9, 4.11) pitches for Seattle against an Angels starter to be announced.

Houston is 92-54 and Oakland 89-57, and Seattle trails Oakland by 9 1/2 games in the division and wild-card standings. In the wild-card standings, Tampa Bay (80-65) is now ahead of Seattle, although neither one of them will likely be in the playoffs.

The Mariners had a losing record against National League West Division teams in interleague play.

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