HOUSTON (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are feeling pretty good after beating Houston All-Stars Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on consecutive nights.Still http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-hoffman-jersey , they know they have a lot more work to do as they chase their first playoff berth since 2001.“We came here and wanted to start playing some better games and that’s what we’ve done,” manager Scott Servais said. “We’re just playing better baseball right now and the top of the lineup has been really swinging the bat well.”Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to lift the Mariners a 5-2 victory over the Astros on Friday night.Houston leads the AL West and Seattle is 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot.Mitch Haniger doubled with one out in the eighth, and Denard Span singled to chase Cole (10-5). The double by Haniger was his fifth extra-base hit in the last two games after he doubled in the sixth Friday and had two doubles and a homer Thursday.Cole was replaced by Ryan Pressly, whose first pitch plunked Jean Segura on the top of his left hand. Cruz then smashed a ball off the wall in left-center to score Haniger and Span and make it 4-2. The Mariners tacked on a run when Segura scored on a groundout by Kyle Seager.“They’ve got a really good club,” Servais said. “You’ve got to pitch them really well, you’ve got to keep them down because you know it’s going to be tight ball games here and we got some big hits late.”Seattle starter Mike Leake allowed eight hits and two runs in six innings. Adam Warren (1-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless seventh for the win and Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 44th save.Cole yielded six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings for his season-high third straight loss.The Astros had trouble stringing hits together until Marwin Gonzalez and Tyler White hit consecutive singles with no outs in the fifth inning. Martin Maldonado then reached on a fielder’s choice that left Gonzalez out at home.Tony Kemp’s single to center field with two outs scored White to make it 1-0. Alex Bregman followed with an RBI double to push the lead to 2-0 before Carlos Correa grounded out to end the inning and leave Kemp stranded at third. Correa was 0 for 3 in his return after missing more than a month with a sore lower back.Cole sailed through the first five innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced with the only baserunner coming on a double by Cruz to start the second inning. He’d sat down 12 straight when Cameron Maybin singled to start the sixth inning. Cole then walked Dee Gordon on four pitches before a double by Haniger scored Maybin to cut the lead to 2-1.Span’s single sent Gordon home to tie it up. There were two outs in the inning when center fielder Jake Marisnick made a spectacular diving catch to rob Seager of a hit and keep the game tied. Marisnick sailed through the air and snagged the ball just inches from the grass to end the inning. Cole extended both hands into the air and cheered after seeing the catch before putting his glove on his head and shaking it in relief.“Off the bat I didn’t see it great, and then I was able to get there and stretch out and save a couple of runs there for Gerrit,” Marisnick said.Marisnick was injured running the bases on a double in the seventh inning. The team said Marisnick, who is filling in at center field for an injured George Springer, left the game with discomfort in his left groin.“I don’t know how he’s doing, but I’ve been on the field for too many injuries lately, so I am not very optimistic,” manager A.J. Hinch said.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Segura said his hand was sore from being hit by the pitch on Friday night but that X-rays were negative. He said he hoped to play on Saturday but would know more after he takes batting practice.Astros: Hinch said 2B Jose Altuve (sore right knee) is making progress Evan Longoria Jersey , but won’t return during this homestand, which runs through Wednesday. Altuve, the reigning AL MVP, hasn’t played since July 25.OFFENSE HEATING UPThe Mariners have scored five or more runs in three straight games for the first time since June 5-7. Before the start of this streak Seattle had eclipsed four runs just once in nine games.UP NEXTHouston’s Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.81 ERA) opposes Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.81) when the series continues on Saturday night. Morton struck out eight in seven innings in his last start to give him a career-high 167 strikeouts this season. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs in the first inning this season than any team in baseball.After Paul Goldschmidt’s 27th homer in the first put the NL West-leaders ahead to stay, the Diamondbacks tacked on enough runs to back All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin’s seven strong innings in a 6-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.“To get a couple of runs there and get the lead and add on some runs, it’s huge, just get a good feeling going in the dugout,” Corbin said.Arizona led 1-0 before Corbin (10-4) threw the first of his 96 pitches — 66 of them strikes as he struck out seven without a walk.“Pretty challenging for us tonight,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “The slider was a pretty dynamic pitch for him.”Corbin, who had never faced Texas before, has made 10 consecutive starts without allowing a homer Andrew McCutchen Jersey , the longest span for the Diamondbacks in 15 years and matching Boston’s Chris Sale for the longest active streak in the majors.“He has a really innate quality to locate balls at the bottom of the zone,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “You come to this ballpark, you wonder often what are going to be the conditions, and the ball does fly out of here. … Patrick did a great job, exceptional job of keeping the ball down out of trouble.” Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first with a solo shot off Yovani Gallardo (7-2). Arizona led 4-0 in the fourth after Daniel Descalso had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch. Descalso earlier had an RBI groundout. Alex Avila’s sixth homer was a two-out solo shot to straightway center in the sixth.Gallardo’s 11.43 run support average since June 23 had been the most in baseball, by nearly two runs over the next-closest pitcher. But he was done after 3 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 10 starts since re-joining Texas.“Just couldn’t put guys away,” Gallardo said. “The main thing for me was to stay positive and get back on track.”Gallardo walked three batters, and 35 of his 76 pitches were balls.Jurickson Profar had a sacrifice fly for Texas before an RBI double to end his 0-for-15 slide .Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances, despite giving up a leadoff triple to Profar before a sac fly by Robinson Chirinos. It was only the fourth time in Boxberger’s 45 appearances this season that the first batter he faced got a hit.THE PLAYER TO BE NAMED LATERThe Rangers acquired minor league OF Alexander Ovalles from the Cubs on Tuesday, completing the July 27 trade that sent lefty Cole Hamels to Chicago for RHPs Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later. The 17-year-old Ovalles is playing in the Dominican Summer League.QUICK STARTSArizona’s 98 runs in the first inning are six more than Cleveland, which had a four-run first in their 8-1 win at Cincinnati earlier Tuesday.SHORT HOPSCorbin is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in his last seven interleague games. … Goldschmidt has reached safely in 34 consecutive roads, one short of the franchise record set by Eric Byrnes in June 2007. … Brandon Webb was the last Diamondbacks starter with 10 consecutive games without allowing a homer. Miguel Batista holds the team record of 11 in a row, from Aug. 22 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-tony-watson-jersey , 2002 to April 25, 2003.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, who was out May 15-July 2 because of a broken left thumb, got the day off after playing 18 consecutive games since July 25. “It just felt like it was a good time to give him this off day,” Lovullo said.Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup a day after he re-aggravated the left hamstring injury that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season. The 39-year-old Beltre, baseball’s active career hits leader, will be re-evaluated Thursday. … RHP Chris Tillman, signed by Texas to a minor league deal after being released by the Baltimore Orioles on July 27, threw only 11 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock before leaving with a groin strain.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: A day off Wednesday in the middle of a nine-game road trip before a four-game series at San Diego.Rangers: After playing 13 days in a row, and 25 of 26 since the All-Star break, the Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game home series Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels.