The Seattle Mariners moved to a half-game again of the Houston Astros for the third and ultimate American League wild-card spot with an enormous win over their division rivals on Tuesday.
Behind six scoreless innings from All-Star George Kirby, the Mariners beat the Astros 6-2 to snap a four-game dropping streak. In the meantime, the AL West-leading Texas Rangers fell 9-3 to the Los Angeles Angels, permitting the Astros to maintain tempo within the division race whereas preserving the Mariners’ outdoors probability at a division title.
Astros: 86-72, 2.5 GB
Mariners: 85-72, 3.0 GB
Rays: 96-62, +8.5 video games
Blue Jays: 87-70
Astros: 86-72, 1.5 GB
Mariners: 85-72, 2 GB
The division tiebreakers type an ideal triangle. The Mariners maintain the benefit over the Astros, the Astros have the sting in opposition to the Rangers, and the Rangers get the win over the Mariners.
The Rangers now maintain an 86.3 probability of profitable the division, per FanGraphs, with the Astros holding 6.9% odds and the Mariners at 6.2%. In the meantime, the Rangers’ playoff odds sat at 97.3%, the Astros’ at 59.1% and the Mariners’ at 48.6%.
Kirby, one of many Mariners’ breakout stars this yr, began the crew’s earlier win. Within the 4 video games since, the Mariners went from 0.5 video games again of the division chief to 4.0 behind. Kirby staunched the bleeding Tuesday however was rewarded in weird trend, as a fan hit him within the chest with a baseball from the stands:
The strike did not faze Kirby an excessive amount of, as he saved the inning scoreless earlier than exiting forward of the seventh. The TBS broadcast later confirmed a youthful fan in a Mariners jersey being escorted out of the stands.
The Mariners took the lead within the third inning with a rally that scored runs on sacrifice flies from Josh Rojas and Julio Rodríguez. Then they broke the sport open within the fifth with a three-run body to take a 5-0 lead. The Astros put collectively a bases-loaded, no-out risk within the seventh however bought just one run out of it after Matt Brash got here in and bought three straight outs.
The Mariners have one recreation remaining in opposition to the Astros on Wednesday, then they host the Rangers for a pivotal four-game sequence. The Astros will finish their season going through the Arizona Diamondbacks, one other crew preventing for a wild-card, in a three-game street sequence.