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Astros explode in the ninth to beat Mariners

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Astros explode in the ninth to beat Mariners
Seattle,  WA (Sports Network) – Chris Carter clubbed a go-ahead two-run double as  part  of a six-run ninth  inning that vaulted  the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory  over  the Seattle  Mariners in  the finale of  a three-game series at Safeco Field.
 Nick  Franklin’s two-out RBI single in the eighth gave Seattle a 1-0 lead, but
 the  Astros, who  mustered just three hits over the first eight frames against Seattle  starter  Jeremy Bonderman,  broke through  in a big  way in the ninth against Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen.
 Wilhelmsen  (0-2) served  up consecutive  singles  to start  the frame  before Carlos Corporan’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners up a base.
 Wilhelmsen then intentionally walked Carlos Pena to load the bases for Carter, who scorched a double to left to plate a pair for a 2-1 lead.
 Another  intentional walk  re-packed the  bags before  Brandon Barnes  lined a single off the glove of Jason Bay in left to score another run.
 After  Marwin Gonzalez  fanned,  Jose  Altuve laced  a  single  just past  the
 glove of a diving Brendan Ryan at shortstop to push two more runs across.
 Charlie  Furbush took over on the mound and issued consecutive walks, with the second scoring Barnes to give Houston a 6-1 cushion.
 Paul  Clemens (4-2) was credited with the win after recording the final out in the eighth and retiring the Mariners in order in the ninth.
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