April 23, 2014, SEATTLE – Third baseman Kyle Seager launched a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Mariners snapped an eight-game losing streak on Wednesday with a 5-3 win over the Astros at Safeco Field.
The Mariners were on the verge of their longest losing skid since a club-record 17-game slump from July 6-26, 2011, when Seager jumped on the first pitch he saw from reliever Josh Fields for his second home run of the game.
Robinson Cano and Corey Hart singled to lead off the ninth before Seager’s winning blast, which gave the third baseman five RBIs. He came into the game hitting .156 with no homers and two RBIs.
The win kept Seattle from falling into last place in the American League West, as they’re now 8-13, 1 1/2 games ahead of the 7-15 Astros.
Veteran right-hander Chris Young threw seven innings of three-run ball to keep Seattle in the game.
The 6-foot-10 Young struggled with his command early and issued five walks in the first four innings, but he only gave up four hits in his longest start since Aug. 21, 2012. Young didn’t pitch in the Majors last year while coming back from shoulder issues.
Two of Young’s walks came back to haunt him in the third inning when Astros catcher Jason Castrofollowed with a two-out double. Those were the only runs the 34-year-old allowed until a solo home run by Chris Carter leading off the seventh.
Young, who signed with Seattle just before the start of the regular season, remains 0-0 with a 3.50 ERA in four appearances (three starts). He struck out six in his 113-pitch outing.
Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart kept the Mariners off the board until Seager hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-2.
Cosart, who lasted just a third of an inning while giving up seven runs in his previous start against the A’s, didn’t allow a hit until Cano’s one-out single in the fourth. The 23-year-old wound up going 6 2/3 innings with two runs on four hits.
The Mariners are 11-11 against Houston since the Astros moved into the AL West last year, including a 4-8 mark at Safeco Field.