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May 24, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. Astros — May 24, 2014

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NINTH INNING — It’s over. Astros win 9-4. The series finale is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Sunday, with RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (3-0, 1.76) scheduled to start opposite Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-2, 2.92).

Highlight of the night:

EIGHTH INNING — Had to hustle to get in a running story before deadline there, so missed a couple play-by-play innings. Was also helping to lure Ryan Divish back to the press box so we could *try* to fit his huge head on the big screen. It kind of worked. Oh, it’s 9-4, Astros. Seager had a triple off Astros reliever Darin Downs and scored on a Buck groundout.

SEVENTH INNING — Astros 9, Mariners 3.

SIXTH INNING — The Astros scored two more off a wild Wilhelmsen, who walked two more and allowed three runs in his 1.2 innings. … The Mariners loaded the bases with one out against Oberholtzer, but could only get one run across. Astros 9, Mariners 3.

FIFTH INNING — Well, that escalated quickly. Maurer was cruising for awhile, but he’s out of the game now after giving up Springer’s second homer of the game — another two-run shot, this deep to left. Cano had bobbled a sure double play earlier, and Altuve followed with a rare RBI single to score Villar from first base (yes, first … on a hit-and-run). Maurer’s line: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO; 72 pitches (45 strikes). Tom Wilhelmsen is in for the M’s. Wilhelmsen walked two and allowed a run, ending his streak of 14 scoreless innings. … Oberholtzer has a career-high 8 strikeouts through five innings. He’s in line for his first win of the season. Astros 7, Mariners 2.

FOURTH INNING — Maurer struck out Folwer looking at a 95-mph fastball and then got Castro swinging at a 96-mph heater. That made it 11 straight retired by Maurer before Dominguez singled to left. Maurer then got Krauss to fly out to left. … Both pitchers have settled down nicely. Oberholtzer has retired seven in a row. Mariners 2, Astros 2.

THIRD INNING — Maurer has retired nine in a row since Spring’s homer, all through the air: F7, F7, F8, F8, P3, F9, F7, PF4, F9. … The Mariners go down quietly. Mariners 2, Astros 2.

SECOND INNING — Maurer set down the Astros in order. … Jones reached on an infield single, after initially being called out. Lloyd McClendon challenged and the out call was quickly overturned. Jones then stole second but was stranded there when Romero grounded out. Mariners 2, Astros 2.

FIRST INNING — Maurer walked Altuve on five pitches. Springer then crushed the first pitch he saw the other way, well over wall in right field, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. Maurer then got three flyouts to end the inning with no further damage. … Romero walked with one out and Cano lined a single to right, extending his streak of reaching base to 31 games. Smoak, hitting right-handed, followed with a sharp single to right field (the second time in as many days as he has beaten the shift). That loaded the bases for Seager, who reached on a throwing error by Krauss at first base. Seager was credited with an RBI as both Romero and Cano came around to score. Mariners 2, Astros 2.

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