HOUSTON – Kyle Lewis hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 7-6 on Sunday, snapping a 15-game losing streak in the series.
The Mariners trailed by 1 entering the eighth before Shed Long Jr.’s run-scoring single tied it at 5 with one out.
Long stole second base with two outs before Lewis, who homered in the first two games, knocked a ball thrown by Chris Devenski (0-1) into right field to score two and put the Mariners on top.
“I really thought our young players were in tune to the game today,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They were thinking ahead and that’s a good sign. That means they’re right where they should be.”
Seattle went 1-18 against Houston last season and lost the first two games of this season to extend the skid.
Servais was asked about getting the first win of the season.
“It’s huge, it really is,” he said. “And certainly beating this ball club, the guys that were here last year know that we have a tough time with the Astros, certainly down here.”
Dan Altavilla (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. Taylor Williams allowed a two-out, RBI, ground-rule double to Michael Brantley in the ninth before striking out Alex Bregman for his first career save.
Houston starter Zack Greinke came two outs from a no-hitter in his last regular season start, which was against Seattle on Sept. 25. On Sunday, Lewis spoiled his bid much earlier, singling with two outs in the first.
Kyle Seager doubled to score Lewis before scoring on a single by Evan White to make it 2-0.
The Astros cut the lead to 1 in the bottom of the inning when Bregman hit an RBI double to left field but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the inning.
Mallex Smith and Long both hit RBI doubles in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1.
The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth with two walks and a single by Brantley.
Yuli Gurriel’s RBI single got Houston within 4-2. Yusei Kikuchi struck out the next two batters before his bases-loaded walk of Josh Reddick cut the lead to 1.
Martín Maldonado then sent a ball skipping down the third base line for a single that scored two to put Houston on top 5-4 and end Kikuchi’s day.
Maldonado has five hits and six RBIs in the first three games. He’s the first MLB catcher to have six or more RBIs in the first three games of a season since Brian McCann also had six in 2007.
Kikuchi yielded five hits and five runs with four walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Greinke allowed four hits and three runs while walking two in 3 1/3 innings. He threw just 58 pitches.
“Not too happy with anything,” he said. “Command wasn’t great, stuff wasn’t great, endurance wasn’t even good at all.”
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