France delivers game-winning hit, Mariners drop Astros 6-5

Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 16, 2021, in Seattle (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, April 16, 2021, in Seattle (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SEATTLE – Ty France hit a game-ending single in the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the depleted Houston Astros 6-5 on Friday night.

Seattle won its third consecutive game and seventh in nine overall. Mitch Haniger had three hits for the second time this week, while France and Kyle Seager each drove in two runs to help send Houston to its sixth straight loss.

“That was awesome,” France said. “That was my first career walk-off hit. That was pretty special, especially having fans back and the roar, that was incredible.”

The Mariners trailed 5-4 before Evan White connected for a solo drive in the eighth, his first homer of the season.

“White has been killing us ever since he's been in the league,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said of the second-year first baseman.

J.P. Crawford and Haniger opened the ninth with walks against Ryne Stanek (0-1). France's drive off Ryan Pressly landed on the warning track in right-center and hopped over the wall.

Anthony Misiewicz (2-0) worked a scoreless inning for the win after returning from the 10-day injured list earlier in the day.

The short-handed Astros played without four starters — including Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez — who are on the injured list due to COVID-19 protocols. But they still had a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Alex De Goti drove in two runs with his first major league hit, and fellow rookie Chas McCormick had an RBI double. Jose Urquidy struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.