Toro pinch-hits for hurt J-Rod, leads Mariners past Astros

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Seattle Mariners' Abraham Toro (13) watches his two-run single during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

By JOSHUA KOCH

HOUSTON (AP) — Abraham Toro pinch-hit for injured All-Star Julio Rodriguez and delivered a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Seattle Mariners rallied past the AL-West leading Houston Astros 5-4.

Rodriguez was hit on the hand as he swung at a pitch in the top of the eighth inning.

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He struck out, but played in the field in the bottom half of the inning before being lifted in the ninth. Seattle manager Scott Servais said Rodriguez would get X-rays later Saturday. Erik Swanson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and earned the win, and Paul Sewald recorded his 13th save in 16 attempts. Astros closer Ryan Pressly (3-3) had his first blown save since June 23.