SEATTLE – In a season full of magical moments and remarkable individual accomplishments for the Astros, pitcher Zach Greynke almost dropped into another in his last regular season, starting Wednesday night at T-Mobile Park.
Greinke, a 16-year veteran playing for his sixth team, lost a no-hitter with one out in
SEATTLE – In a season full of magical moments and remarkable individual achievements for the Astros, pitcher
Greinke, a 16-year veteran playing for his sixth team, lost an unprecedented one-out shot in the ninth inning when Austin Nola escaped to left field in the Astros' 3-0 win over the Mariners. The win was Houston's 1
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Greinke (18-5) fired nine runs, came out one and was pulled after Nola and Tim Lopez had singles back-to-back to put a tied run on the plate. He threw 108 seats.
The Astros gave Greinke all the support he needed in the first innings of back-to-back RBI pairs to
Earlier this season, while he was still with Arizona, Greinke hit a notch kick in the seventh inning against the Nationals before allowing Trea Turner a Western single. After the game, Greinke said throwing a knockout would "probably be more of a hassle than anything. A bunch of crap comes with it. I never think about the odd hits. "
Greenkee making his tenth start with the Astros since being traded by the D-backs on July 31, blinded from the start. He started the game with a pair of strikes and caused weak contact up and down the lineup. Greinke retired the first 16 games he faced before going Dee Gordon with one out in the sixth, but Greinke immediately forced the Lopes into a double play back to the pitcher.
Greinke, a five-time Gold Glove winner, fielded another driving at the eighth end of the bat of Omar Narvaez, struck right in his head. On the ninth, Greenkee forced Tom Murphy to land a second before Nola hit a liner to the left in the center, which was beyond the reach of Jake Marisnik.
The Astros starter steel performance this season was remarkable.
With Verlander and Cole having a historically great season and Greenkee coming close to no hitter, the Astros will hit the playoffs with one of the most accomplished starting rotations in recent memory. Greenke is likely to start Game 3 of the American League Series, so his next start will probably not come in nearly two weeks.
With the victory, the Astros reduced their magic number to take home field advantage over the AL playoffs to one game with four games remaining against the Angels in Anaheim starting Thursday. Houston went 18-1 against Seattle this year.
Brian McTagarth has been covering the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.