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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