The Houston Astros started well and they finished well on Tuesday night against division rival Seattle. And that took them, ultimately, to a win over the playoff-chasing Mariners. Alex Bregman had doubled and Jose Altuve had hit a solo homer to give them a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the third, but the Mariners got two of their own in the top of the fifth when JP Crawford doubled. Kyle Seager homered, a solo shot, in the next frame, and they had taken their lead. In the ninth, they scraped a further run across the plate, putting them up 4-2 in Houston. But the Astros, now leading the AL West by 6.5 after the result, don’t go away that easily.
Bregman again produced a big hit, blasting a two-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. In the tenth, they held serve before Carlos Correa’s ground-rule double win them the game by a 5-4 margin. It might not be a critical win for the Astros, but it could well be a crucial blow to the Mariners’ playoff hopes. They remain three games back of Boston for the second AL Wild Card spot, and if they do indeed miss out, these are the games they will look back on and regret. Elsewhere, notable home runs were being hit all over the country. Albert Pujols hit one upon his return to St. Louis as his new Los Angeles Dodgers’ squad won 7-2 over the Cardinals. Nelson Cruz also homered on the day as the Tampa Bay Rays shellacked the Boston Red Sox 12-7. It was his 30th of the season, and it was notable due to the fact that he became the oldest with 30+ as a 41-year-old. Pete Alonso hit a dinger of his own in the New York Mets’ 9-4 win over the Miami Marlins, and that gave him the distinction of becoming the second-fastest player ever to 100 home runs.