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Astros fail to sweep Seattle, fall 5-3 in 9th

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Josh Fields knew he wasn't as sharp as the previous two nights, when he saved games against the Mariners.

Kyle Seager noticed, as well, jumping on a first-pitch fastball and ending Houston's hope of sweeping Seattle.

"As soon as he hit it, I knew he gave it a ride," Fields said.

Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win Wednesday that stopped an eight-game losing streak.

Fields had shut down Seattle, the club that originally drafted him, the previous two nights. But after giving up singles to Robinson Cano and Corey Hart to open the inning, Fields knew he was a little off.

Fields (0-1) recovered to strike out Justin Smoak but left his fastball over the plate for Seager.

"Just one of those days. I left a couple of balls up and paid for it," Fields said. "I'm not going to go out there and throw zeroes every time. Now I've got to learn, look at what I did. Being the backend guy, it's all about that short memory."

Seager homered for his second straight at-bat after being mired in a slump for most of the season. Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Jarred Cosart, then added the winning drive in the ninth.

It was the third multihomer game of Seager's career, and the five RBIs were a career high. Seager had not homered since Sept. 3 of last season at Kansas City. Seager entered hitting just .156 with two RBIs.

"Any time you see the ball hit the ground, it's obviously a big confidence booster," Seager said. "It has felt better the last couple of days and today it showed up. Thankfully."

Seattle's late rally spoiled what was looking to be a sweep for the Astros.

Cosart took a shutout into the seventh after failing to make it out of the first inning in his previous start. The Astros got a two-run double from Jason Castro in the third inning and Chris Carter's second homer of the series in the seventh to take a 3-0 lead.

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