Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - J.A. Happ pitched into the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners eked out a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
Mike Zunino hit a solo homer and Brad Miller went 2-for-3 with an RBI behind Happ (1-1), who scattered eight hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings.
"He's a veteran starter that knows what he's doing and gives us quality innings," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Happ.
Chris Carter homered for Houston but struck out in a big spot in the eighth.
"From the side, it looked like Carter got caught in between a little bit, fastball, breaking ball, another borderline pitch on the check swing at the end," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Roberto Hernandez (0-2) surrendered three runs on six hits over seven innings for the Astros, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Seattle's bullpen gave away the first two games of the series, and Yoervis Medina looked like he was blowing the finale when he walked three of the first four batters he faced in the eighth. The other batter, Evan Gattis, drove a fly ball to the wall in right only to be robbed by a leaping Nelson Cruz.
Medina bore down and struck out Carter on three pitches to leave the bases loaded, and Fernando Rodney escaped another jam in the ninth to post his fourth save.
A textbook hit-and-run by Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve put runners on the corners with one out against Rodney, and Luis Valbuena popped out in the infield and George Springer grounded out to second to end the game.
Cruz recorded his 17th RBI in the first inning with a two-out single to plate Austin Jackson, who singled with one away and stole second to get into scoring position.
Zunino sent a payoff pitch just inside the left-field foul pole in the third, and Miller tacked on a two-out RBI single an inning later.
Colby Rasmus scored from second on Altuve's single in the fifth, as he narrowly avoided Zunino's swipe tag with a nifty slide.
Carter led off the seventh with his first home run of the season.
Happ pitched for the Astros from 2010-12 and is 3-0 in four career starts against them ... Houston's Jed Lowrie went 3-for-3 with a walk ... The Mariners had dropped six of eight coming in ... Zunino's homer was Seattle's only extra-base hit.