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Mariners take down Astros to win series

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist each had two RBI as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Houston Astros, 8-7, in the rubber match of a three-game set.

John Buck collected three hits with an RBI, while Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders and Corey Hart each knocked in a run for Seattle, which has won five of its last six.

Brandon Maurer (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts over five innings. Danny Farquhar pitched the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.

Alex Presley homered for the Astros, who have lost four of their last five. Marc Krauss and Chris Carter each knocked in a pair of runs in the setback.

Collin McHugh (2-1) lasted just four frames, taking his first loss in a Houston uniform after surrendering six runs -- five earned -- with four strikeouts.

McHugh allowed just one earned run in his first two starts, pitching 15 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts.

05/04 18:09:00 ET