The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Saunders drives in 2 with two-out infield single to lead Mariners to 3-1 win over Astros

  • Print

SEATTLE - A slight pause by Tony Sipp made all the difference for the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Michael Saunders barely beat Sipp to first base for a two-run infield single with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Astros.

With the game tied at 1, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count, Saunders hit a chopper to first and narrowly outraced Sipp, who was covering the bag.

"It was so close, I didn't know whose feet hit first," Sipp said. "It could have gone either way. Looking back, I feel I could have got there quicker. It's one of those things you can't get back."

A replay review showed Saunders did get to the bag first. The batters were running on the pitch, allowing two runs to score.

"It is tough to lose that way," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "We made the pitches to get out of it, but at the same time if we break right to the bag I think we get them."

Jose Altuve homered on the game's first pitch for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.

Houston starter Jarred Cosart (3-4) had kept Seattle's offence largely bottled up until the seventh inning.

Dustin Ackley and Stefen Romero led off with singles and Cosart walked Nick Franklin to load the bases with no outs. Cosart struck out Mike Zunino before giving way to Sipp, who got pinch hitter Cole Gillespie to pop up before coming up just short of beating Saunders and getting out of the inning.

"It's one of those things that will eat at me for a while," Sipp said. "You try to assess the situation, see what was what and it was that little half second that I got beat by."

Sipp had retired 21 consecutive batters before Saunders' single.

"Tony came in and we felt like we were going to get out of it," Porter said. "We were a groundball away and covering first from getting out of it."

Cosart gave up three runs on five hits and over 6 1-3 innings.

"He was throwing a lot of fastballs, was working in and out pretty well," Romero said.

Cosart struck out six but walked four, Cosart's second straight start with four walks.

"I've got to figure out why I'm walking people," Cosart said. "If I put somebody on base they usually score. They haven't been getting hits to score the runs, they've been walking, then get a hit and score. I just have to stop walking guys, bottom line."

Seattle starter Roenis Elias pitched into the sixth inning, allowing three hits, with the only run coming on Altuve's leadoff homer. Elias struck out six, walked four and pitched out of jams a couple times early — the first two batters reached in the second and third innings — before settling down.

"We expanded our zone a little too much with a guy that did not show he was going to command the zone," Porter said.

Altuve took Elias' opening pitch deep into the visitor's bullpen in right field for his second home run. It was Altuve's third career leadoff homer and first this season.

The Mariners scratched out a run in the bottom of the first. James Jones led off with a walk, advanced to third on Saunders' single and scored on Robinson Cano's sacrifice fly to centre.

Dominic Leone (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings for his first major league win in 16 appearances, and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.

NOTES: Houston OF George Springer was held out of the lineup after injuring his hip while getting picked off in the ninth inning Wednesday. Astros manager Bo Porter said Springer could be back as soon as Friday. ... Altuve has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Soca and Reggae Festival and Weekend Weather

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060710 The full moon rises above the prairie south of Winnipeg Monday evening.
  • Two baby tigers were unveiled at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this morning, October 3rd, 2011. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google