SEATTLE (AP) — With one swing, Kyle Seager hopes he ended his personal skid at the plate and the Seattle Mariners' slide.
"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."
Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth, his second of the game, and the Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to stop an eight-game losing streak.
With Seattle on the verge of getting swept for the second straight series, Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off starter Jarred Cosart. Then he capped the biggest hitting day of his big league career with his drive on the first pitch from closer Josh Fields (0-1) 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.
"He has a track record and I've said all along that he is going to hit," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Obviously, when you're in a losing streak and the guys you expect to hit don't hit, it's a little frustrating but in that case you have one of two options: you can sit him or you can play him. I chose to play him and he didn't disappoint."
Seager had been one of Seattle's few consistent hitters the past two seasons, establishing himself as a lock in the Mariners lineup. That made his struggles to start this season so surprising. Seager entered Wednesday hitting just .156 with two RBIs. He had more strikeouts (17) than hits (10) at the start of the day.
His final three at-bats against the Astros were more like what Seager had shown in the past. He drew a leadoff walk to open the fifth, then homered on a 3-2 pitch from Cosart in the seventh to cut Houston's lead to 3-2.
Seattle already had a rally going in the ninth. Robinson Cano dropped a single in front of an outfield playing deep to open the inning, and Corey Hart's sharp single put two on with no outs.