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Drained but delighted, bordering on delirious, the Mariners were in full agreement on one thing after they had — somehow — pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Astros on Saturday night.
This one was special. Special, as in a win to savor. And special, as in, you might not see another quite like this for awhile.
“It’s the oddest win I’ve ever been a part of,’’ said Michael Saunders, whose fingerprints were all over the Mariners’ fifth straight triumph.
“What a crazy game,’’ said Tom Wilhelmsen, who finished it off — with a major assist from Saunders — for his 21st save.
“A very unique set of circumstances,’’ marveled manager Eric Wedge.
Houston starter Erik Bedard, the former Mariner, worked 61 / 3 innings, not allowing a hit. And yet he was the losing pitcher as Seattle, on the strength of their lone hit in the game — a booming two-run double by Saunders off reliever Jose Cisnero in the seventh — rallied past the Astros at Minute Maid Park.
Oh, yeah: The Mariners struck
BEST OF MAXIM
For the Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros have been an unexpected road block this season. Despite the Astros’ residence in last place, Seattle went 4-5 against Houston in the first half of the season, including Houston taking two of the three series. But July has been a different story for the Mariners. Seattle, after earning just one three-game sweep in the first half...
Astros pitcher Erik Bedard just had an outing where he didn’t allow a hit, but he’s off to the showers with the game still in doubt. He departed after 6 1/3 hitless innings in a tie ballgame.
Also notable: Bedard actually allowed three runs and ended up taking the loss.
So here’s his final, wacky line: 6 1/3 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, L
At first when I saw that Bedard...
SOMETHING TO WATCH
Congratulations to Brandon Barnes for becoming the second player in the majors this season to hit for the cycle. Mike Trout was the first to do it also against the Seattle Mariners back in May. The rookie, Barnes, was the eighth player in Astros’ history to accomplish such a feat. Luke Scott was the last Astros to do it back in 2006. Barnes hit a home run in his first...
Thanks for the help, pals.
You couldn't blame Erik Bedard if that was his sarcastic greeting to his teammates on Saturday night. The Astros starter went 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners and gave up zero hits. But he was charged with three runs and took the loss in Houston's 4-2 defeat .
Bedard struck out 10 and walked five, and it was walks plus some shaky work behind...
Houston manager Bo Porter is defending Erik Bedard's decision to remove himself from Saturday night's game against Seattle with a no-hitter in the seventh inning because of a high pitch count and says he wouldn't have let the left-hander stay in much longer.
Bedard chose to leave the game with one out in the seventh because he had 109 pitches, saying ''I'...
Michael Saunders got Seattle's only hit with a two RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Erik Bedard (3-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings of no-hit ball before he was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who walked Mike Zunino with two outs before the double by Saunders put Seattle ahead 4-2.
The long fly ball...
It has not been a fantastic season for Houston Astros center fielder Brandon Barnes. Heck, it hasn't been a great season for the Houston Astros, but it always darkest before the dawn, right? Even though the Astros lost to the Seattle Mariners 10-7 Friday night they still got a peek at greatness thanks to Barnes.
Why? Because the man became the first Houston player to hit for...
Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle's big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Houston Astros 12-5 on Sunday for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Franklin's slam, Seattle's fifth this season, came off Jordan Lyles (4-4) in a seven-run second.
Hernandez (11-4) scattered four hits...
The trade deadline is less than two weeks away, and that could end up moving Seattle's roster around a bit. Even if the club stays away from moving their bigger assets, the big league roster figures to see some turnover. We look at who could be part of the next wave of minor league talent to hit Seattle late this summer.
Matt Garza is the starting pitcher on the trade market that is garnering the most attention, but another pitcher is starting to get some more attention from the media, fans and other ball clubs.
Astros pitcher Bud Norris, who is many teams' plan B to Matt Garza, has had his trade market intensify, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. He says that trade talks have been '...
Seattle rookie Brad Miller waited 72 at-bats for his first major league homer.
The second one came much quicker.
Miller hit his first two major league homers on consecutive at-bats and drove in five runs as the Mariners overcame rookie Brandon Barnes' cycle for the Astros in a 10-7 win over Houston on Friday night.
''I was obviously pumped after the first one, hitting...
Roger Clemens met with Houston's pitching staff, encouraging the young players to ''keep their spirits up'' as they navigate through this difficult season.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner and special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow talked to the pitchers after batting practice on Saturday.
''It's tough,'' he said. '...
Brandon Barnes of the Astros hit for the cycle last night, and you probably didn't even know that he did. But of course you didn't know: the Astros lost to the Mariners 10-7. Barnes, Houston's seven hitter, drove in just a pair of runs in his excellent performance. And not only did the Mariners end up losing the game, but they were trailing 9-3 in the eighth inning, so...