Astros fall to Mariners 4-1

Astros fall to Mariners 4-1

Marwin Gonzalez Marwin Gonzalez

HOUSTON -- Rookie pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach's first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-1 on Monday night.

The loss cut Houston's lead in the AL West to four games over Oakland, which was off Monday night.

The Mariners trailed 1-0 when Nelson Cruz singled off Hector Rondon (2-5) with no outs in the eighth, and Kyle Seager singled with one out. Pinch-hitter Robinson Cano then hit a ball into shallow center field that looked like it would drop in for a hit, but Jake Marisnick sprinted before diving and extending his arm to make the catch.

Rondon walked pinch-hitter Denard Span to load bases before Vogelbach sent a 97-mph fastball into the bullpen in right-center.

Marwin Gonzalez had an RBI double to give the Astros the lead in the fourth. But they couldn't muster much else on a night they managed just three hits, with the last one coming in the fifth.

Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc allowed three hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. Ryan Cook (2-1) struck out one in a perfect seventh for the win, and Edwin Diazpitched a scoreless ninth for his MLB-leading 56th save.

Houston's Framber Valdez walked five but gave up just two hits in five innings. Rondon allowed four hits and four runs for his second straight loss after giving up three hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings of a loss to Arizona on Friday night.

LeBlanc walked a batter in both the first and second innings but didn't allow a hit until Yuli Gurriel doubled with two outs in the fourth. Gonzalez followed with his double, which bounced off the wall in left center, to score Gurriel and make it 1-0.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton rejoined the team Monday after resting at home for a few days after being diagnosed with pneumonia. He said he had a fever of as high as 104 degrees and it was the sickest he could ever remember being. He's feeling much better now but is still a little week and lacking energy. He'll try to throw a bullpen session either Tuesday or Wednesday but isn't sure when he'll feel good enough to rejoin the rotation.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick was replaced by Marisnick in the bottom of the fifth inning because of discomfort in his right ankle.

UP NEXT

The Astros will push back Gerrit Cole's scheduled start until Friday and start rookie Josh James (0-0, 4.22 ERA) in the second game of the series on Tuesday night. Manager A.J. Hinch said they wanted to give Cole a little extra rest before his next start as his innings have started to pile up. The flame-throwing James has made two appearances out of the bullpen since making his major league debut in a start on Sept. 1. Mike Leake (10-9, 3.99) will pitch for Seattle.

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