MLB: Seattle 4, Houston 2

July 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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HOUSTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Michael Saunders drove in the go-ahead runs on Seattle's first hit of the game in the seventh inning Saturday, boosting the Mariners over Houston 4-2.

Houston's Erik Bedard (3-7) no-hit the Mariners over six innings, but thanks to a pair of walks, two passed balls by Astros catcher Jason Castro and a Nick Franklin sacrifice fly, found himself in a 2-2 tie.

Bedard was pulled after issuing a one-out walk in the seventh to Justin Smoak and was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who fanned Jason Bay.

But Mike Zunino drew a base-on-balls and Saunders followed with the Mariners' first hit -- a ringing double to the center field hill that sent Smoak and Zunino home for the tie-breaking runs.

Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4) earned the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Bedard was saddled with the loss despite not yielding a hit over 6 1/3 innings. The veteran left-hander walked five and struck out 10.

Jose Altuve and Castro each drove in a run for Houston, which dropped a fourth straight.

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