Jake Marisnick went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Astros downed the Mariners 8-3 on Sunday.
With a one-run lead in the seventh inning, Marisnick blew the game wide open with a three-run shot off Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina. The homer was Marisnick's third of the year and his second in the past two games. He also scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. The multi-faceted outfielder is hitting .276 since moving to the American League and is slashing .250/.285/.325 with 11 steals and three homers overall.
Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Astros.
Saunders was one of the few Mariners hitters able to muster some offense against Collin McHugh, as his two-run home run in the fifth inning gave the M's a short-lived lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and his first since coming back from a strained oblique in early September. Saunders is hitting .267/.332/.424 on the year.
Alex Presley went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Mariners Sunday.
Presley's handprint was all over the offense, as he had a two-run single in the fifth inning before singling and scoring in the seventh. Presley also stole a run in that seventh inning, his fifth of the season. The 29-year-old, who missed time with an oblique injury this season, is hitting .256/.295/.366 on the season.
Jose Altuve turned in another multi-hit game Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners.
Altuve is closing what has been a tremendous 2014 season with an equally ridiculous final month, as he's now batting .413 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in September. That includes 12 multi-hit games, with 10 of those coming in his last 11 games. The 24-year-old is honing in on the American League batting title, hitting .345/.381/.458 overall.
Hisashi Iwakuma lost his third straight start Sunday, allowing four runs over 4 1/3 innings against the Astros.
The Astros made Iwakuma work, as he needed 88 pitches to get through one out in the fourth inning. He allowed six hits and three walks while striking out eight in the loss. He's now 14-9 with a 3.54 ERA on the year, and the 33-year-old will look to end on an upswing against the Angels on Friday.