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  • Saunders' infield hit lifts Mariners to win over Astros

  • SEATTLE — Michael Saunders hit a two-run infield single in the seventh inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
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  • SEATTLE — Michael Saunders hit a two-run infield single in the seventh inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.
    With the game tied at 1, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count, Saunders hit a chopper to first and narrowly outraced pitcher Tony Sipp, who was covering the bag. The batters were running on the pitch, allowing two runs to score. The play was upheld after a brief replay review.
    Jose Altuve homered on the game's first pitch for the Astros, who have lost three in a row.
    Dominic Leone (0-1) pitched 12/3 innings for his first major league win in 16 appearances, and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.
    Houston starter Jarred Cosart (3-4) had kept Seattle's offense largely bottled up until the seventh inning.
    Rays 5, Athletics 2, 11 innings
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th inning to lift Tampa Bay.
    Rodriguez's team-leading fifth homer came off Luke Gregerson after Desmond Jennings' two-out single had tied it against Dan Otero (4-1).
    Yeonis Cespedes' sacrifice fly had given the A's a 2-1 lead in the top of the 11th after tying the game with an RBI double in the ninth of Rays closer Grant Balfour.
    The Athletics lost for only the second time in 13 games.
    Rangers 9, Tigers 2
    At Detroit, Shin-Soo Choo homered, Chris Gimenez had four hits and the Texas Rangers rolled to a victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers.
    Yu Darvish (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking three. The Rangers broke through quickly against Detroit rookie Robbie Ray (1-1), who lasted only 31/3 innings. Ray allowed seven runs, nine hits and four walks, and the AL Central-leading Tigers lost their fourth straight.
    Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 2
    At Boston, Mark Buehrle won his major league-leading eighth game, Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered on consecutive pitches as Toronto completed a three-game sweep.
    Toronto improved to 8-2 in its last 10 games, while Boston lost its seventh straight. The Red Sox went 0-6 on their home stand, the first time since June 1994, when they also lost six in a row at Fenway Park, that they were winless on a homestand of at least six games.
    Indians 8, Orioles 7, 13 innings
    At Baltimore, Carlos Santana doubled in two runs with two outs in the 13th inning, and Cleveland won its second straight 13-inning game and fourth straight overall.
    Ryan Rayburn and Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the Indians, whose winning streak ties a season high. Three of Cleveland's last four games have gone extra innings, including a 13-inning win over Detroit on Wednesday night.
    White Sox 3, Yankees 2
    At Chicago, Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters over six scoreless innings in his return from an arm injury for Chicago.
    The left-hander retired the first 17 hitters after missing more than a month because of a flexor strain in his pitching arm, and Chicago hung on after Mark Teixeira singled in two runs against Ronald Belisario in the ninth.
    National League
    Marlins 4, Phillies 3
    At Miami, Christian Yelich hit a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins their fifth walkoff win of the year.
    The Marlins won despite squandering a 3-0 eighth-inning lead. They took the series and improved to 19-6 at home, best in majors.
    Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2
    At St. Louis, Allen Craig drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh inning and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.
    The sweep was the first of a three-game series this season for St. Louis, which has won seven of eight.
    Mets 5, Dodgers 3
    At New York, Jonathon Niese hit an RBI double to provide himself some much-needed run support, and the New York Mets took advantage of two Dodgers miscues to end Zack Greinke's remarkable runs-allowed streak and beat Los Angeles 5-3 Thursday night.
    Juan Lagares had a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh off Chris Perez (0-2) and Niese (3-3) pitched seven sharp innings for New York, which won for just the sixth time in 20 games this month and avoided a three-game sweep.
    Pirates 3, Nationals 1
    At Pittsburgh, Edinson Volquez allowed one run in six sharp innings and Pittsburgh edged Washington.
    Volquez (2-4) ended a three-game losing streak by limiting the Nationals to three hits, walking two and striking out four.
    Cubs 5, Padres 1
    At San Diego, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run against his old team and Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings to lead Chicago to a victory against San Diego.
    Arrieta (1-0) held San Diego to one run and four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was activated May 3 after beginning the season on the disabled list with tightness in his right shoulder and came in with a 2.70 ERA in three starts.
    Giants 2, Rockies 2, suspended
    At Denver, the game between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants was suspended after the second rain delay, with the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
    A makeup date was still being determined. The Giants next visit Coors Field on Sept. 1-3.
    The game was interrupted for 82 minutes before the fourth. The rain moved back in two innings later, delaying the game for another 84 minutes and leading the umpires to suspend action. Although the weather cleared up, the field was saturated. The grounds crew dumped bags and bags of diamond dry on the infield just to try and make it playable.
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