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Maybin's homer in 9th lifts Houston past Seattle 5-3
By JIM HOEHN
SEATTLE (AP) Cameron Maybin would be hard-pressed to find a better way to cap his first week with a new team.
Maybin hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Houston past the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Wednesday night, helping the Astros complete a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to seven.
It was the second consecutive game-winning homer for Maybin, claimed off waivers last week from the Los Angeles Angels.
"He's been a nice spark for us on a lot of levels," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's come in with some energy, he's come in with a ton of enthusiasm. He's a good player. We knew everybody would like him. He's obviously performing at a high level, earning more at-bats. Big swing tonight."
Carlos Beltran opened the ninth with a double down the left-field line off closer Edwin Diaz (3-6), who relieved to start the inning. Jake Marisnick ran for Beltran and advanced to third on Max Stassi's groundout to short.
Maybin then lofted a 100 mph fastball the opposite way just inside the right-field foul pole for his ninth home run and second winner in as many nights. Maybin's two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday gave the Astros a 3-1 victory.
"I was just hoping it was going to stay fair," Maybin said. "It came off big and it stayed straight."
It was the 10th home run allowed this season in 59 1/3 innings by Diaz, who allowed only five in 51 2/3 innings last year as a rookie.
"I think I have to tip my hat to Maybin," Diaz said. "He hit a great pitch."
Chris Devenski (8-3) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win.
Seattle erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth off Lance McCullers Jr., activated off the disabled list earlier in the day for his first start since July 30.
McCullers, an All-Star for the first time this season, did not allow a hit until Kyle Seager opened the fifth with his 22nd homer, his third in three games. McCullers allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one in a 76-pitch outing.
Houston, which led the AL West by 16 games at the end of July, slipped to 11-17 in August with several injuries, but is undefeated in September to push the lead back to 14 1/2 games.
The Mariners, coming off a sweep of Oakland, fell 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card with five teams bunched ahead of them.
McCullers was activated off the 10-day DL (back discomfort) to start Wednesday night. ... RHP James Hoyt was recalled from Triple-A Fresno for his third stint this season with the Astros. Hoyt was 1-0 with a 4.98 ERA in 38 relief appearances this season with Houston.
INF Shawn O'Malley was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. O'Malley hit .229 in 89 games with Seattle in 2016, but spent most of 2017 on the disabled list. He hit .205 in 20 games at Tacoma.
Astros: RHP Michael Feliz pitched one inning in a rebab start for Class A Quad Cities, retiring all three batters he faced.
Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (2-2, 3.25) opens the four-game series at Oakland on Friday following a day off. McHugh makes his ninth start since coming off the DL on July 22.
Mariners: After a day off, RHP Mike Leake (1-0, 2.57) makes his second start for Seattle to open the three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field on Friday. Leake, acquired from St. Louis on Aug. 30, allowed two-first inning runs in his Mariners debut, but settled in for seven strong innings to pick up the victory in a 3-2 win over Oakland.
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Updated September 7, 2017