Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Saunders' go-ahead, two-run double in
the seventh inning was the deciding blow, as Seattle overcame a non-
traditional no-hit bid from Houston's Erik Bedard to post a 4-2 victory in the
second edition of a three-game set.
Bedard (3-7) held a 2-0 lead after five innings. However, in the sixth, he
walked Saunders and Brad Miller with one out, then a passed ball by Astros
catcher Jason Castro with Nick Franklin at the plate advanced both into
scoring position before Franklin's fly to center brought across Seattle's
first run. Miller scored on another passed ball, but after Raul Ibanez walked,
Kendrys Morales flied out to keep it 2-2.
The left-hander exited after issuing a one-out walk to Justin Smoak in the
seventh, and the bullpen didn't hold up its end of the bargain. Jose Cisnero
fanned Dustin Ackley, but walked Mike Zunino ahead of the deciding hit from
Saunders which put Seattle ahead by a 4-2 count.
Bedard's final line: 6 1/3 innings, no hits, three runs -- one earned -- five
walks and 10 strikeouts.
Counterpart Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4) worked seven full frames, allowing seven
hits and two runs, fanning seven with two walks. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his
second save in as many games and his 21st of the year with a scoreless ninth.
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