Danny Farquhar allowed a leadoff walk in the ninth, but rallied with a strikeout and then got Brett Wallace to hit a tapper to the mound that began a game-ending double-play. The Mariners win 3-2.
6:45 P.M.: Brett Wallace just launched a solo homer to right field leading off the fifth inning against Erasmo Ramirez. That cuts the Mariners’ lead to 3-2.
6:22 p.m.: The Astros got on the board in the fourth inning, cutting Seattle’s lead to 3-1. L.J. Hoes led off with a single — Houston’s first hit of the night off Erasmo Ramirez — and one out later, Jason Castro drilled a double over Dustin Ackley’s head to get the run home.
6:10 p.m.: Franklin Gutierrez just hit his second homer in as many games, giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Gutierrez’s two-run blast came after a leadoff single by Raul Ibanez.
5:15 p.m.: Nick Franklin went 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts on the last homestand as he keeps trying to end that month-long slump he’s been in. First time up tonight, he drilled a ball over the left field wall for his 12th home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead. Let’s see where that leads Franklin from here.
5:07 p.m.: They did try to sell tickets to tonight’s game at Minute Maid Park, despite the fact the Houston Texans are playing an NFL pre-season game against the hated Dallas Cowboys. So, I’m guessing there weren’t many takers on the baseball game part of the equation.
That and, oh yeah, both of these teams are awful.
The Astros are awful from an historical perspective, having played at a 108-loss pace to this point, making them one of the worst teams of the past decade.
The Mariners are simply playing awful, which isn’t all that unusual. But that 0-6 homestand did not send them off on this trip in the best of spirits.