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Logan Gilbert pitches Mariners to series win over Astros

Jun 8, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) scores on left fielder Yordan Alvarez (44) (not pictured) RBI single against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Gilbert produced his fifth consecutive quality start, Cal Raleigh homered for the second time in the series and the visiting Seattle Mariners defeated the Houston Astros 6-3 on Wednesday in the rubber match of the three-game set.

The Mariners won their fourth consecutive series and second over the Astros in that span. Seattle finished a nine-game road trip at 6-3 by snapping a nine-series losing skid in Houston.

Gilbert (6-2) settled in following a rocky start to his outing. He surrendered run-scoring hits to Yordan Alvarez in the first and third inning, the second Alvarez hit part of the two-run uprising that produced a 3-1 Astros lead.

Gilbert allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts over six innings. The right-hander tossed a season-high 109 pitches, 67 for strikes. Gilbert improved to 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA over his past five starts, with 28 strikeouts against eight walks in that stretch.

The Astros grabbed a two-run lead when Kyle Tucker followed an RBI double from Alvarez with a first-pitch single to right in the third. But Seattle fashioned an immediate reply against Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy (5-3), starting with an Abraham Toro leadoff single in the fourth.

Two batters later, Raleigh mashed his seventh home run out to right-center field, pulling the Mariners even at 3-3. Raleigh clubbed a three-run homer in the Mariners’ victory on Monday.

Two batters following the Raleigh blast, Ty France pushed Seattle to a 4-3 lead with his ninth home run, a 370-foot shot to left-center.

The Mariners chased Urquidy with one out in the fifth on an Adam Frazier sacrifice fly that scored J.P. Crawford, who opened the frame with a double.

France, Crawford and Toro produced muti-hit games.

Urquidy endured another ragged start against the Mariners, allowing a career-high four walks while giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three. In three starts vs. Seattle this year, Urquidy is 0-3 with a 10.38 ERA.

–Field Level Media