Rookie right-hander Logan Gilbert and 4 relievers mixed to close out Houston for the second straight day and J.P. Crawford rating the lone run on a sacrifice fly to provide the Seattle Mariners a 1-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
Seattle took two of three within the sequence from the AL West leaders, and if not for a late collapse within the opener, it could have come away with a sweep. The Mariners are nonetheless 6 ½ again of Houston within the AL West however proceed to hold round within the wild-card race.
The Mariners acquired distinctive pitching for a second straight day together with a few defensive gems to make up for an absence of offense. Seattle managed simply three hits off Houston starter Jake Odorizzi (6-7) and 4 relievers, nevertheless it proved to be sufficient.
Crawford scored on Abraham Toro’s sacrifice fly within the sixth inning. Toro hit a go-ahead grand slam within the eighth inning to provide Seattle a 4-0 win on Tuesday night time. He got here up once more with the bases loaded on Wednesday and settled for a sacrifice fly.
Gilbert threw 5 innings earlier than turning to Seattle’s bullpen. Justus Sheffield (6-8) made his first reduction look in additional than two years, permitting one hit. Casey Sadler pitched the seventh, however Houston threatened with Jose Altuve’s stroll and Michael Brantley’s single with two outs within the eighth off Drew Steckenrider.
Paul Sewald struck out Carlos Correa to finish the eighth inning for the second straight recreation with Altuve at second base. Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman singled with one out within the ninth off Sewald, however Kyle Tucker popped out and Jake Meyers struck out searching for Sewald’s eight save.
Gilbert lasted solely 5 innings resulting from a excessive pitch rely. He received an enormous defensive play from Crawford within the third inning, making a lunging backhanded cease of a shot by Correa and leaving Altuve stranded at third.
Gilbert allowed 4 hits, struck out 4 and walked none. It was the primary time in his final 4 begins getting via 5 innings.
Odorizzi began the sixth however bumped into bother after a leadoff single by Crawford and stroll to Mitch Haniger. Phil Maton loaded the bases with a one-out stroll to Ty France, and Toro received a fly ball deep sufficient for Crawford to attain.
Houston reinstated RHP Jose Urquidy from the 10-day injured record and recalled RHP Enoli Paredes from Triple-A Sugar Land. Urquidy has been out since late June resulting from proper shoulder irritation. He not too long ago made three rehab appearances. Paredes appeared in 12 video games earlier this season for the Astros as a reliever.
Seattle reinstated Sheffield from the injured record and recalled IF Kevin Padlo from Triple-A Tacoma. Sheffield has been out since July 7 resulting from a forearm pressure and started a rehab project with Tacoma on Aug. 15. Padlo was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Aug. 19. Padlo appeared in 9 video games for the Rays earlier this season.
Astros: Supervisor Dusty Baker mentioned beginning pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Taylor Jones would “most likely not” be touring with the Astros to San Diego. Greinke and Jones had been positioned on the injured record on Tuesday resulting from well being and security protocols associated to COVID-19.
Astros: Following a time off, the Astros open a sequence in San Diego. Urquidy (6-3, 3.38) will begin the opener rather than Greinke.
Mariners: After a time off, Seattle opens a highway journey in Arizona. The Mariners haven’t introduced a starter for the opener.