Maybin's homer in 9th lifts Astros past Seattle 5-3

SEATTLE (AP) — Cameron Maybin would be hard-pressed to find a better way to cap his first week with a new team.

Maybin hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Houston past the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Wednesday night, helping the Astros complete a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to seven.

It was the second consecutive game-winning homer for Maybin, claimed off waivers last week from the Los Angeles Angels.

"He's been a nice spark for us on a lot of levels," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's come in with some energy, he's come in with a ton of enthusiasm. He's a good player. We knew everybody would like him. He's obviously performing at a high level, earning more at-bats. Big swing tonight."

Carlos Beltran opened the ninth with a double down the left-field line off closer Edwin Diaz (3-6), who relieved to start the inning. Jake Marisnick ran for Beltran and advanced to third on Max Stassi's groundout to short.

Maybin then lofted a 100 mph fastball the opposite way just inside the right-field foul pole for his ninth home run and second winner in as many nights. Maybin's two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday gave the Astros a 3-1 victory.

"I was just hoping it was going to stay fair," Maybin said. "It came off big and it stayed straight."

It was the 10th home run allowed this season in 59 1/3 innings by Diaz, who allowed only five in 51 2/3 innings last year as a rookie.

"I think I have to tip my hat to Maybin," Diaz said. "He hit a great pitch."

Chris Devenski (8-3) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win.

© 2017 Associated Press


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