All goes to plan as the Mariners rally in front of the Astros in the ninth to hit Abraham Toro Pinch for Julio Rodriguez

Houston – Win of the Year?

Hell, whenever the Mariners win a game in Houston, he’s a candidate for that category because it doesn’t happen that often.

Right now in the 2022 season, it’s hard to think of a better one.

But this victory, Seattle’s 55th season, was different in many ways to be memorable.

And if the Mariners make it to the postseason, which becomes a bigger prospect with each passing game, their 5-4 win on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, a place they rarely win, will last a long time. Will be remembered as a magical moment in the journey.

With two outsiders and runners in second and third and the Mariners trailing by one run, Mariners manager Scott Servais called on Abraham Toro to hit a hit for Julio Rodriguez to avoid a sixth straight loss to the Houston Astros.

Wait, Abraham Toro for Julio Rodriguez?

What is that strategy?

Unfortunately, in his last at-bat in the eighth inning, Servis had no choice but to make the move after the ball hit 97 mph in the back of Rodriguez’s right arm on a swing.

Although Rodriguez initially remained in the game, playing in mid-field at the bottom of the eighth inning, he was not comfortable swinging the bat in the ninth nor with doing so with a serve. So Toro, the last player on the bench, got the call to hit the pinch.

He was traded to the Mariners from Houston a year ago this week in a deal that was full of fan and player acrimony and struggled to find any traction at the plate this season due to his demotion. Demand was on social media, Toro kept it simple against Houston close Ryan Pressley – swing early and swing on strike up in the zone.

He jumped off Pressley onto the first pitch, pulling a line drive into left field for a game-winning single that scored both.

“I know he loves throwing the breaking ball, but I was just trying to see something and I wasn’t really guessing,” Toro said. “He is someone who is generally aggressive and I know he likes to attack the field. I was ready to swing from the get go.”

With Rodriguez out of the game, he underwent an X-ray postgame, but the results were not known, Dylan Moore had already been out of the game due to a back spasm and Sam Haggerty removed his helmet only to spike in frustration. After this, blood was bleeding from the wound on his forehead. Should it have hit him in the fast, Servais had no bench player from the top of the ninth. They tied the tie with France at second base, defending Toro with right field and Adam Frazier in center, Paul Seewald closing the ninth with two fly balls and a field for France.

The Mariners broke a five-match losing streak against the Astros and could salvage the split of the four-match series with a win on Sunday in the two teams’ final meeting in the regular season.

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