Astros score 4 runs in 9th for comeback 6-4 win
Jonathan Villar's two-run single highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Houston Astros rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. Abraham Almonte hit his first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead.
Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush got out of a jam in the eighth, but in the ninth the Astros broke through. Danny Farquhar (0-3) walked Marc Krauss and Carlos Corporan with one out, and Jimmy Paredes' run-scoring single tied the game at 3. Villar then gave Houston a two-run lead with his hit to center. It was the fourth blown save of the season for Farquhar, but only his second in the closer role. Kevin Chapman (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win, and Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances despite giving up a solo homer to Brad Miller.
Hernandez's next start pushed back again for M's
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will not make his scheduled start on Wednesday, the second time his turn in the rotation has been pushed back. The team confirmed Monday that Hernandez will not start against Houston. He was originally scheduled to start last Sunday against Tampa Bay, but had that start pushed back due to stiffness in his back. Hernandez left his start on Sept. 2 against Kansas City due to cramps in his lower back. Seattle manager Eric Wedge was expected to give an update later Monday before the Mariners open their series against Houston. Hernandez is 12-9 with a 3.01 ERA this season. He's lost five of his last six decisions and given up 38 hits and 24 earned runs during that stretch.
September 10, 2013/AP