Houston Astros salvage series finale with 6-2 win vs Seattle


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Springer, Rasmus homer in win

The Houston Astros received late home runs from both Colby Rasmus and George Springer in the 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners Sunday afternoon, ending their brief two-game losing streak.

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Evan Gattis – who went deep in yesterday’s loss – put his team on the board during the top of the first inning with an RBI single to left field to drive in Springer. Outfielder Nelson Cruz evened things out at one apiece on an RBI single of his own shortly after Gattis gave Houston the lead and also homered on Saturday.

Third baseman Luis Valbuena continued to drive in runs, this time with an RBI knock to center field, pushing Rasmus across to score to give the Astros a one-run lead in the second inning. With Gattis at the plate, shortstop Brad Miller was charged with a fielding error which allowed Jason Castro to score and Springer advanced to third.

Starting rookie pitcher Vincent Velasquez picked up the start today for the visiting team in the series finale. Velasquez (0-0, 4.15 ERA) held Seattle to only one earned runs on just two hits but issued four walks and five strikeouts prior to being pulled after just 3 1/3 frames.

31-year-old southpaw Tony Sipp would enter the game in his place and surrendered a run in 1 1/3 innings before exiting the game himself. Second baseman Robinson Cano cut Houston’s lead down to a run on a sacrifice fly to Domingo Santana, scoring Logan Morrison from third base in the fifth inning.

We enter the top of the seventh inning with Carlos Correa grounding out to Miller then Gattis flying out to Mark Trumbo for the second out of the inning. Carter put together a five-pitch walk, putting himself on base with Rasmus due up behind him.

Rasmus took the second pitch of his at-bat to deep right-center field, a two-run shot that broke things wide open late in the game, extending Houston’s lead to 5-2.

Springer made it 6-2 on a big fly to left field, his 12th home run of the season with Vidal Nuno on the mound.

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