Astros use big sixth inning to get 8-4 win over Mariners

Houston Astros' George Springer (4) celebrates scoring a run on Marwin Gonzalez' two-run single in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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HOUSTON (AP) George Springer had three hits, including a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Tuesday night.

The victory leaves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card and cuts Houston's deficit in the race to 2 1/2 games.

The Astros got five hits off Felix Hernandez (11-7) in the sixth, but only two of the six runs scored in the inning were earned because of two errors.

The game was tied when Springer shot a ground-rule double to right field that made it 6-4. A two-run single by Marwin Gonzalez, which sailed just out of reach of a lunging Hernandez, chased the pitcher and left Houston up 8-4.

Houston starter Mike Fiers allowed eight hits and four runs in five innings. Rookie Jandel Gustave (1-0) yielded no hits and no runs with one walk in 1 1/3 innings for his first career win.