Mariners Astro re­cap

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HOUS­TON (AP) — Dal­las Keuchel threw six solid in­nings, Car­los Bel­tran had three hits and two RBIs and the Hous­ton Astros beat the Seat­tle Mariners 8-6 on Satur­day to drop their magic num­ber to one for clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle.

The Astros (90-58), who reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004, can se­cure the fran­chise’s sev­enth di­vi­sion ti­tle with one more win or a loss for the Los Angeles An­gels. Los Angeles was sched­uled to play Texas on Satur­day night.

A day after scor­ing three runs in the first, the Astros jumped on the Mariners again, scor­ing four times against Erasmo Ramirez (5-6) in the sec­ond in­ning.

Keuchel (13-4) al­lowed one run — Jean Se­gura’s 11th homer in the sixth — and four hits, bounc­ing back nicely from a rocky per­for­mance in his pre­vi­ous start. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award win­ner is­sued a sea­son-high four walks in 5 2/3 in­nings in a 10-2 loss at Oak­land last Sun­day.

Joe Mus­grove al­lowed a solo homer to Mitch Haniger with two outs in the ninth be­fore strik­ing out Robin­son Cano for his first save.

Ge­orge Springer and Josh Red­dick had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Astros, who have won three in a row.

The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth. Cano hit a two-run sin­gle and Nel­son Cruz and Kyle Sea­ger had RBI sin­gles be­fore Mus­grove came in and re­tired three in a row.

The Astros jumped in front on Derek Fisher’s RBI dou­ble with two outs in the sec­ond. Springer fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle and Red­dick dou­bled home a run to make it 4-0 Hous­ton.

Al­tuve and Car­los Cor­rea hit con­sec­u­tive sin­gles with no outs in the fifth be­fore a third sin­gle — this one by Bel­tran — scored Al­tuve and chased Ramirez. Hous­ton tacked on an­other run when Cor­rea scam­pered home on Alex Breg­man’s dou­ble play.

Ramirez al­lowed eight hits and walked three in four-plus in­nings.


Mariners: Man­ager Scott Ser­vais said there was noth­ing phys­i­cally wrong with James Pax­ton a day after he got just four outs in his first start since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list on Fri­day night. Ser­vais said he was just “out of whack” on the mound after sit­ting out since Aug. 10 with a strained pec­toral mus­cle. n Astros: RHP Lance McCullers threw a bullpen ses­sion and the Astros will see how he feels on Sun­day be­fore de­cid­ing if he’ll start on Tues­day against the White Sox. He was scratched from his sched­uled start on Wed­nes­day after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing arm fa­tigue dur­ing pregame throw­ing.


Mariners: An­drew Moore (1-3, 5.36 ERA) is sched­uled to start on Sun­day. Moore al­lowed one hit and one run in six in­nings of re­lief in his last out­ing. n Astros: Justin Ver­lan­der (12-8, 3.58 ERA) will make his first home start on Sun­day since be­ing traded from the Tigers on Aug. 31. Ver­lan­der, who has started twice for the Astros on the road, was great in his last start, al­low­ing just one hit in eight in­nings of a 1-0 win over the An­gels.

Hous­ton Astros’ Ge­orge Springer is con­grat­u­lated in the dugout after scor­ing a run against the Seat­tle Mariners dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of the most re­cent di­vi­sion game, Satur­day, in Hous­ton. AP PHOTO/ DAVID J PHILLIP

Hous­ton Astros short­stop Car­los Cor­rea throws to first for the out after field­ing a ground ball by Seat­tle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game, Satur­day, in Hous­ton. AP PHOTO/ DAVID J PHILLIP

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