Martin Maldonado’s late heroics edge Astros past Mariners

8 July 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (15) celebrates with second baseman Mauricio Dubon (14) after hitting a home run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park.
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Héctor Neris escaped a bases-loaded jam before Martin Maldonado hit the tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning. Houston Astros Green seattle mariners 3-2 on Saturday

Maldonado broke a 2–2 impasse with his sixth home run, a 371-foot shot from left-center field. mariners reliever Andres Muñoz (2-2). Maldonado ended up going 0-21 and took advantage of a whodini act by Nerris half an inning earlier.

Nerris (5-2) loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth with a pair of walks and a hit baseman, but retired pinch-hitters Cal Raleigh and Mike Ford before getting a third strike out on Jose Caballero. rallied for Astros Closer Ryan Pressley earned his 20th save in the ninth.

Astros Left-hander Framber Valdez struggled a bit in his first start after missing a turn in the rotation due to right ankle soreness. He retired the team twice in six innings of work, and after getting an early two-run lead, gave up that advantage by the fourth inning.

Caballero opened the third with a single before stealing second and third. They scored when JP Crawford made an infield single that cut the deficit to 2–1. Caballero struck out Teoscar Hernandez, who hit a leadoff double, with his single to center in the fourth with the tying run.

Valdez allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts but required 105 pitches to complete six innings.

mariners Rookie right-hander Brian Wu had three consecutive one-out hits in the first. Kyle Tucker followed Jeremy Peña’s single with a double to right to give Houston a 1–0 lead. Tucker scored later when Alex Bregman hit a run to left that bounced off the glove of third baseman Eugenio Suárez.

Woo limited the damage by retiring José Abreu and Yener Díaz, starting an impressive stretch where he retired 16 consecutive batters. Wu recorded eight groundball outs, four flyouts and four strikeouts during a run that ended in the sixth on Tucker’s walk with two outs.

Wu allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

–Field Level Media

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