Mariners rally falls short, Astros win again

Division-leading Houston won their 10th straight

Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar (2) goes over Mariners' Seth Smith (7) on an overthrow at third base allowing Smith to score, May 3, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar (2) goes over Mariners' Seth Smith (7) on an overthrow at third base allowing Smith to score, May 3, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis homered twice and the Houston Astros won their 10th straight game, boosting the best record in the American League by beating the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Sunday.

The Astros extended their top run since a 12-game winning streak in 2004.

At 18-7, Houston set a team record for its best record through 25 games. The Astros are coming off a 70-92 season, which followed three straight years of at least 106 losses.

Gattis, one of several newcomers on the Astros, hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth inning. It was his fifth homer in six games.

Gattis connected off Carson Smith (0-1) to break a 6-all tie. Smith made his big league debut and this was his 21st appearance in the majors — he had not allowed a run in 19 1/3 innings until Gattis homered. Gattis hit a three-run homer in the first.

Pat Neshek (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Luke Gregerson earned his sixth save. Like Gattis, both relievers joined the Astros in the offseason.

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