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Seattle Mariners (83-73) at Houston Astros (82-75)
Tuesday, September 27 - 8:10 PM EST
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Robinson Cano has made himself at home at Minute Maid Park this season, and his latest big outing provided a big boost to the
Seattle Mariners' postseason hopes. Cano belted two homers in Seattle's
crucial series-opening 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Houston Astros and looks to
inflict more damage when the Mariners visit their American League West rivals on Tuesday for the
middle contest of a three-game set.
Monday's victory moved Seattle within two games of Baltimore for the AL's second wild-card spot while the Astros fell 3 1/2 behind due to the devastating defeat. Cano's game-winning solo shot in the 11th inning marked the 19th multi-homer performance of his career and made him 17-for-33 with six homers at Houston this season. "Right now, we want to stay in the race," Cano said afterward. "When you see teams ahead of you lose, you want to take advantage when they lose." Houston is in must-win mode as it faces Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, whom it roughed up for six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings during a 6-0 victory on Sept. 16 and torched him last season for eight runs in one-third of a frame on June 12, 2015.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle, Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (11-6, 3.61 ERA) vs. Astros RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.40)
Hernandez settled for a no-decision in his last turn despite allowing only two hits over seven scoreless innings against Toronto. He has yielded five or more earned runs in three of his last five outings while not permitting a run in the other two. Hernandez is 3-4 with a 4.07 ERA in nine career starts versus the Astros and has struggled against Jose Altuve (11-for-22).
Fiers defeated Seattle on Sept. 17, when he scattered three hits over six scoreless innings. He followed up with another good performance in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, giving up two runs and four hits while striking out nine in 6 1/3 frames. Fiers is 1-0 with a 4.20 ERA in three career starts against the Mariners and has served up two homers to Cano in six at-bats.
1. Astros SS Carlos Correa, who recorded three hits in the opener, has homered just once in his last 25 games.
2. Mariners DH Nelson Cruz (wrist), who continues to play through pain, recorded his fourth straight multi-hit performance on Monday and is 8-for-18 with four homers and nine RBIs during that stretch.
3. Houston OF Colby Rasmus (hip, groin) won't play again this season.
PREDICTION: Mariners 5, Astros 4