Houston's magic number at 1 after 8-6 win over Mariners

Houston Astros' Derek Fisher watches his two-run home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Andrew Moore during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday Sept. 17 2017 in Houston

Houston Astros' George Springer is congratulated in the dugout after scoring a run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Houston.

The Astros (90-58) reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004.

Seattle battled on Saturday. Despite a four-run eighth inning by Seattle, the Astros managed to hold them off for the 8-6 win. Moore faced the Astros in his last outing in a 5-3 defeat where he gave up a pair of runs on three hits and two bases on balls over six frames.

But reliever John Musgrove entered and struck out pinch hitters Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel and got Carlos Ruiz to hit a soft broken bat liner to end the inning.

Houston had the best record in the AL for most of the season before Cleveland's 22-game winning streak helped put the Indians atop the standings at 92-57.

Haniger hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth, but that was all the damage the Mariners could muster. The over is 26-7-2 in Houston last 35 Sunday games and the under is 9-4-1 in Houston last 14 home games.

Kuechel went six innings to earn the pitching victory, with Segura's homer the only run he allowed. He cruised through the first four innings, allowing one hit.

The Houston Astros jumped out to an early lead after a four-run output in the bottom of the second inning. Stros starter Dallas Keuchel improved to 13-4 with a run plated on four hits and two BB before Francisco Martes turned in an ugly performance with four runs given up without recording an out.

Houston made it 6-0 in the fourth. Houston tacked on another run when Correa scampered home on Alex Bregman's double play.

Following Saturday afternoon's 8-6 loss to the Astros, Seattle, now 74-75 on the season, has 13 games remaining in the season. Beltran was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Altuve 2 for 4 with two runs, Reddick 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Fisher 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs, and Springer 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. On Sunday they'll try to bounce back when they play at Houston again.

Astros: Justin Verlander (12-8, 3.58 ERA) will make his first home start on Sunday since being traded from the Tigers on August 31. Andrew Moore will get the pitching start for the Mariners.



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