O'Malley's 2-Run Single Helps Mariners Beat Astros 6-4

omalley093015SEATTLE (AP) - Shawn O'Malley damaged Houston's playoff hopes with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning that gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-4 comeback victory over the Astros on Tuesday.

The Astros, who are still involved in two postseason races, were displaced in the American League wild-card chase by the Los Angeles Angels, an 8-1 winner over Oakland on Tuesday. The New York Yankees, who lost to Boston 10-4, maintains the top wild-card spot with the Angels now second. Houston slips a half-game behind Los Angeles

As for the AL West race, division-leading Texas beat Detroit 7-6, and has a two-game lead over the Angels and 2 1-2 over the Astros.

The victory broke the Mariners' six-game losing streak.

Robinson Cano hit his 20th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth off Mike Fiers that tied the game at 4-all.

September 30, 2015

Carter, Mccullers Lead Astros To 3-2 Win Over Mariners

mariners logo8SEATTLE (AP) - Chris Carter drove in the go-ahead run with Houston's third solo homer, rookie Lance McCullers pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Astros enhanced their position in a crowded AL playoff race with their 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Houston moved with 1 1/2 games of first-place Texas in the AL West and maintained its slim lead in the chase for the second wild card. The Rangers lost 7-4 at home to the Detroit Tigers.

Carter snapped 2-all tie in the seventh with his 23rd home run, a two-out shot to left off Danny Farquhar (1-6).

McCullers (6-7) allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked two, including a free pass to start the seventh.

Luke Gregerson struck out Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the ninth for his 30th save.

September 29, 2015

Mariners Hire Jerry Dipoto As New General Manager

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have found their new general manager, hiring former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto.

Seattle announced Dipoto's hiring Monday. He replaces Jack Zduriencik, who was fired in late August after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. With the Toronto Blue Jays making the postseason this year, the Mariners now have the longest playoff absence in baseball at 14 years and counting.

Dipoto's job will be to end that playoff drought and continue rebuilding a farm system that had highs and lows during Zduriencik's tenure. Dipoto was the Angels' general manager for 3 ½ years before resigning on July 1 following clashes with manager Mike Scioscia that began the first year they worked together.

September 29, 2015

Lockett Return Ignites Seattle To 26-0 Win Over Chicago

tylerlockett092715SEATTLE (AP) - Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, Russell Wilson connected with Jimmy Graham on a 30-yard TD, and the Seattle Seahawks routed the undermanned Chicago Bears 26-0 Sunday.

Seattle led just 6-0 at halftime after an offensive performance that led to a cascade of boos. Lockett started a huge second half as he went untouched on a perfectly executed return, the longest in franchise history. Later in the quarter, Wilson found Graham across the middle for his second touchdown catch this season.

Steven Hauschka added four field goals and the Seahawks started the process of erasing an 0-2 start.

Chicago (0-3) was shut out for the first time since 2002 and the fourth time since 1990. Jimmy Clausen started at quarterback in place of Jay Cutler and was 9 of 17 for 63 yards.

September 28, 2015

Calhoun Drives Angels Past Seattle 3-2 For 5th Straight Win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kole Calhoun drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the surging Los Angeles Angels completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners with their fifth consecutive victory overall, 3-2 Sunday.

David Freese homered in the fifth for the Angels (81-74), who remained a half-game behind Houston (82-74) for the second AL wild-card playoff spot. With eight wins in 10 games overall, Los Angeles also moved just three games behind the AL West-leading Rangers (84-71), with four games in Texas to end the season.

Pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo hit a tying homer off Fernando Salas (5-2) in the eighth inning for the Mariners (74-82), who lost their final five road games to guarantee their fifth losing season in six years.

September 28, 2015