Seattle – Ryan Presley forced Louis Thorens to complete a double-game with bases loaded in the ninth inning, retaining the Houston Astros’ 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Trying to win for the first time over the Astros, Seattle took two of the three from the AL West leader, beating them 12-1 on Friday and Saturday.
“We lost one game in the standings and scored three races in the whole series, so we were very lucky to come out here with a win,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker.
Jordan Alvarez broke a draw in the eighth inning with two outsiders loaded with bases from Paul Sevaldo, who replaced Marco Gonzalez (3-5).
Presley bypassed J. P. Crawford, leading the ninth, struck a third blow past Eugenio Suarez and walked on Mike Ford, loading the base. Thorens justified Presley’s third consecutive slider to third man from base Alex Bragman, starting a 5-4-3 double and giving Presley his eighth save in 10 chances.
“I thought about the closers, actually the best thing I had: I thought about Rob Beck,” Baker said. “And it was like a vintage Rod Beck. And I said, “Come on, Big Rod!” He will always come out of it. “
Jeremy Peña made a home run in the second inning, giving Houston the first lead in the series. Ty France had an equal single in sixth place.
Luis Garcia finished his first 13 bouncers before bypassing Suarez, and did not allow a hit until Thorens determined he was leading sixth. Torrance advanced as a result of Taylor Trammell’s sacrifice and scored one goal for France, which has 10 WRCs in a series of 11 games out of 11 games.
Rafael Montero (2-0) saved Gonzalez with two outs and no outs in seventh place. After Fraser made a sacrifice, Montera struck out Ford and Thorens.
“He was great,” Garcia said of his teammate, a former sailor. “I was kind of angry, but you know, it happens.”
Garcia gave up one run and four strokes in six innings with six outlines and a walk. Gonzalez matched him with his own gentle performance, allowing two runs and five strokes in 7 1/3 innings.
“Today he was at the top of his game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It doesn’t get much better than what he did to get us so deep into the ball game. This is one of those games where it comes down to creating chaos and traffic and then getting a big hit. … We just didn’t get a big hit. “
Peña has safely beaten in 18 of his last 20 games. He has eight home runs.
Sailors: DH Kyle Lewis was scratched from the lineup. Lewis is returning from knee surgery and it was the first time he has played in three games in a row since returning. “We have to play a long game here,” manager Scott Servais said. “We really want it to be available by the end of the season.”
Astros: RF Kyle Tucker did not play Sunday’s game after undergoing an MRI of his injured left leg. Manager Dusty Baker said the team is still waiting for results and did not say whether Tucker was available to strike. Tucker came out of Saturday’s 6-0 defeat by the Sailors in the sixth inning due to discomfort. Baker said Tucker wasn’t sure how he injured his leg, but wanted to play on Sunday. Baker canceled it because, in his experience, foot injuries can lead to other injuries if players compensate. … Jake Myers, who broke away from left shoulder surgery in the offseason, played in the center of the field for the first time since surgery during a lengthy spring practice game on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (4-2, 2.83 ERA) achieves his fourth straight win and seventh straight quality start when Houston travels to Auckland on Monday.
Sailors: RHP rookie George Kirby (0-1, 4.50) takes the mound when Seattle opens a three-game series in Baltimore on Tuesday. On May 24, Kirby set in his career nine of five innings without a decision against Auckland.