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SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager hit his first two home runs of the season, including a walk-off, three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, to help the Seattle Mariners end their eight-game losing streak by way of a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Seager took Houston closer Josh Fields (0-1) deep with one out in the ninth inning, two frames after hitting a two-run shot off starter Jarred Cosart. Seager drove in all five of Seattle's runs.

With the win, the Mariners (8-14) avoided the series sweep and falling into last place in the AL West. Seattle had not led for any of the 26 innings of the series leading up to Wednesday's ninth-inning heroics.

It also marked the first time in five games that the Mariners scored more than two runs.

Reliever Fernando Rodney (1-1) earned the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth for Seattle.

Seager hadn't hit a home run in 65 at-bats leading up to Wednesday's seventh inning. He then went deep twice, driving in all five Seattle runs.

Houston's Cosart bounced back from the worst start of his young career by allowing just two runs off four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Cosart, who lasted just one-third of an inning the last time out, had a shutout until Seager took him deep for a two-run homer with one out in the seventh inning.

Seager's home run came after a solo shot from the Astros' Chris Carter in the top of the seventh gave Houston a 3-0 lead. Carter continued his two-year assault on Seattle pitching. Since the beginning of last season, Carter hit .372 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in Seattle.

Houston's Jason Castro drove in two runs with a third-inning double, giving him five RBIs in the three-game series.

Control problems caught up to Mariners starter Chris Young in the third inning, when he gave up three walks and the two-run double to Castro to put Seattle in a 2-0 deficit.

Young (0-1) settled down to pitch seven innings, allowing three runs off four hits. He gave up five walks while striking out six.

NOTES: The Astros are now 8-7 in games when they hit a home run this season, as compared to 0-8 in games when they go homerless. ... In search of an offensive spark, the Mariners shook up their lineup again before Wednesday's game. SS Brad Miller was back in the No. 2 hole, with LF Dustin Ackley dropping back down to No. 8. Nick Franklin also got his first start in right field. ... Castro's two-run double in the third inning gave him five RBIs in the three-game series. ... Astros LF Alex Presley made his third consecutive start Wednesday. ... The Mariners have an off-day Thursday before hosting Texas on Friday night. ... Houston ended its six-game road trip with a 2-4 record. The Astros will host Oakland on Thursday.
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