Raleigh, France HR, M’s win 1st series in Houston since 2018

HOUSTON (AP) — Cal Raleigh and Ty France both homered early and the Seattle Mariners beat the Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night to finally win a series in Houston.

The Mariners took two of three from AL rival West Astros to win their fourth straight series overall and the first in Houston since September 2018.

Seattle has struggled at Minute Maid Park in recent years. The Mariners have won more games in this set than Houston in the 2019 and 2020 seasons combined when they were a meager 1-16.

The Mariners trailed by two with a goal and one out in the fourth when Raleigh homered for the second time in this series, a shot to right center by Jose Urquidy (5-3) to tie it at 3.


France connected with two outs in the inning for a solo practice that put Seattle ahead.

Logan Gilbert (6-2) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings to win his second straight decision. He gave up all three early before settling to throw three scoreless frames. Diego Castillo hit the team in the ninth for his fourth save.

Urquidy had seven hits and five runs — four earned — while going a career-high four in 4 1/3 innings.

Yordan Alvarez had three hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who also dropped a streak against the Mariners last week in Seattle.

The Mariners got a brace from JP Crawford to start the fifth and he moved to third after a single from Eugenio Suarez and an error from shortstop Aledmys Díaz. A sacrificial fly from Adam Frazier chased Urquidy away.

Seattle rookie Julio Rodríguez was hit in the left arm on consecutive at-bats in the sixth and eighth innings. He took first base without incident both times, a stark contrast to the events of Monday night’s game when the benches cleared and multiple ejections came after France were pushed back by Héctor Neris.

Jesse Winker completed the lead with a single in the eighth.

Alvarez set up Houston early with an RBI single with two outs in the first.

Urquidy outed Winker with one out in the second and he advanced to second on a wild pitch by Urquidy with two outs. Rodríguez walked before Seattle tied it at 1 on a Crawford single.

Jose Altuve opened the second Houston with a double on a left-field practice line. Alex Bregman singled with one out and Altuve was ejected at the plate.

A brace from Alvarez drove Bregman in and put the Astros up 2-1. Kyle Tucker then scored another home run.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis, who has been out since suffering a concussion on May 28, still has symptoms and has yet to return to baseball activities. … RF Mitch Haniger (sprained right ankle) doesn’t run yet but hits the cage. There is no timetable for his return.

NEXT

Mariners: Seattle has a day off Thursday before hosting the Boston Red Sox on Friday night in Game 1 of 11 at home.

Astros: Houston also sits out Thursday before opening a three-game interleague series with Miami on Friday night.

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