HOUSTON – Kyle Tucker hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday for their fourth straight win.
Tucker drove a 96-mph fastball from Erik Swanson (0-2) deep to right for his first career game-ending homer.
“It was more of a relief for me,” Tucker said. “I put a good swing on the ball and hit the ball well for the first time in a while, it seems like. Hopefully, I can build off of that.”
Tucker entered Sunday hitting .192 with just one home run in 73 at-bats.
Houston also got a terrific effort from its bullpen in its fifth win in six games overall. The Astros won for the 24th time in their last 26 games against the Mariners.
Andre Scrubb, Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor and Ryan Pressly (1-0) combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Lance McCullers Jr.
Seattle wasted a solid performance by Justus Sheffield, who allowed one earned run and six hits in six innings. Kyle Lewis had two hits and drove in a run.
“Disappointing end to a well-pitched game,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Sheffield pitched a great game. Got some great innings out of the bullpen but the pitch at the end costs us. We couldn’t get much going offensively.”