Quebec’s Abraham Toro hit a productive single in the ninth to allow the Seattle Mariners to defeat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Saturday.
Toro, who is having a tough season on offense, pushed two teammates to the plate after two outs as he was pinch-hitter to erase a deficit with a lead.
The Mariners had managed to take a three-run lead in the first inning before seeing the Astros chip away at that lead to take the lead.
Toro, who is batting just .178, was relieved that the hit could jump-start his season. “I didn’t know it was me that was going to be sent as pinch hitter. I had read the scouting report and was ready if my name was called. (…) I knew that (Pressly) likes to attack the strike zone, so I went for the first shot. »
The Mariners beat Houston for the first time since June 8, ending a five-game losing streak against the Astros.
Toro is very happy to be able to put his two cents in the success of his team. “The last few years have been tough against the Astros for us. It feels good to be able to contribute to this victory against them. »
Reliever Erik Swanson scored the win by pitching an inning. He managed to get away with it despite giving up two hits for his second win in as many decisions.
Paul Sewald got his 13th save in 16 attempts.
Aledmys Diaz, homered, having hit three home runs in his last two games and nine for the season.
Ryan Pressly (3-3) took the loss.