Benches cleared in 9th, Servais thrown as Mariners beat Astros | Sports News

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — Mariners manager Scott Servias was ejected for his role in a bench clearance fight in the ninth inning of Seattle’s 7-4 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night, a game in which Cal Raleigh had a career-high four RBIs and Julio Rodriguez had a late two-run shot.

With two outs in the ninth, Houston’s Héctor Neris hit Ty France in the back. Players and coaches on both sides began to chirp, and Servais led the way as Seattle’s bench emptied to face the Astros near home.

Rodriguez kept Neris out of the scrum, while Servais and Houston manager Dusty Baker were at the center of the pushing and shoving, with Servais repeatedly pointing and shouting at the Astros’ first base coach, Omar Lopez.

Servais and Lopez were sent off, and both benches received warnings.

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Rodríguez hit a two-run homer and JP Crawford walked before Neris was sent off after throwing a pitch behind Eugenio Suarez’s head. Baker was also automatically ejected due to the warning.

Raleigh’s three-run homer gave Seattle a 4-1 second-inning lead, but the Astros scored three late-inning runs to tie the game.

The game was still tied in the fourth when Adam Frazier doubled with no outs. The Mariners took the lead 5-4 when Frazier scored on a two-out single from Raleigh.

Mariners starter Robbie Ray (5-6) allowed eight hits and four runs — three earned — while walking three in five innings. Diego Castillo threw a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Houston starter Cristian Javier (3-3) struggled, allowing six hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings after entering the game 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six career games , with three starts against the Mariners.

Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker and Chas McCormick each hit a solo homer for the Astros, but they couldn’t do much else on offense, going 1 of 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Mariners led early after an RBI brace from Crawford in the first inning.

Houston tied the game when Altuve sent Ray’s third pitch of the game into the left field seats. It was his sixth first home run this season, which ranks second in the majors behind George Springer of Toronto, who has seven. That gives him 175 career home runs, which puts him ahead of Springer in sole possession of fifth place on Houston’s all-time roster.

There was a takedown in the second when Raleigh connected Javier on a three-point shot to right field to give Seattle a 4-1 lead.

Tucker opened Houston’s second with his 10th homer this season to cut the lead to 2. There was one in the inning when McCormick hit a solo shot to right field.

Martín Maldonado reached on an error from Crawford before going second on a ball passed by Raleigh. Altuve followed with a single that scored Maldonado to tie it at 4-all. But Altuve was kicked out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Mariners: RHP Erik Swanson (right elbow inflammation) is expected to make another rehab appearance with High-A Everett before coming off the injured list to rejoin the team at their next homestand, which begins Friday.

On the day Houston’s Yordan Alvarez and the Astros finalized a six-year, $115 million contract extension, the slugger was named AL Player of the Week.

Alvarez led the majors in hits (13), average (.565), strikes (1.217) and OPS (1.847) last week to win the award for the first time in his career. He had four home runs and eight RBIs.

Houston’s Justin Verlander (6-2, 2.23 ERA) takes on Chris Flexen (2-6, 4.55) when the streak continues Tuesday night.

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