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ANALYSIS: Key lesson from Tim Houston’s triumph in Nova Scotia is that campaigns matter
Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives could set an example for campaigning federal politicians, David Akin says.Down in the polls by more than 20 points in July and facing an incumbent Liberal government seeking a third consecutive majority, all Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservatives did was run a great campaign, overcame their opponents’ lead — and triumph, winning the first PC majority since John Hamm did it in 1999.
SEATTLE (AP) — Ten days ago, the Seattle Mariners pitching staff couldn't get outs, giving up an avalanche of runs to Houston's powerful offense.
Now it's the Astros wondering what happened after getting shut out on consecutive days by the Mariners.
“I don't think they pitched any different. I just think they executed better," Houston's Michael Brantley said. "If you're executing, mixing your pitches, throwing quality strikes and staying out of the middle of the plate you're going to have success.”
Rookie right-hander Logan Gilbert and four relievers combined to shut out Houston for the second straight day and J.P. Crawford scored the lone run on a sacrifice fly to give the Seattle Mariners a 1-0 win over the Astros on Wednesday.
A's lose late lead again, Bauers rallies Mariners to 5-3 win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners realize how much these sort of wins in late August can mean as they try to stay in the AL playoff race with the September stretch run approaching. Jake Bauers hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning off struggling closer Lou Trivino, and the Mariners rallied past the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Monday night. “Nice win, great way to start this series,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “It tightens up the wild-card race a little bit more.” Ty France launched a tying homer off Trivino (5-6) to start the ninth, handing the reliever his second straight blown save after converting 14 in a row.
Seattle took two of three in the series from the AL West leaders, and if not for a late collapse in the opener, it may have come away with a sweep. The Mariners are still 6 1/2 back of Houston in the AL West but continue to hang around in the wild-card race.
The Mariners received exceptional pitching for a second straight day along with a couple of defensive gems to make up for a lack of offense. Seattle managed just three hits off Houston starter Jake Odorizzi (6-7) and four relievers, but it proved to be enough.
Seattle gave up 30 runs in three games in Houston late last month. The Mariners allowed four in the three games this time around.
“It's really hard to throw back-to-back shutouts in this league and especially against the type of lineup that we faced here,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.
Astros rally late against former teammate, top Mariners 4-3
SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Meyers had the last of three singles as part of Houston’s eighth-inning rally against former teammate Joe Smith, scoring Kyle Tucker with the go-ahead run and sending the Astros over the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Monday night. Dylan Moore had a pinch-hit, two-run homer for Seattle in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. But that was erased in the eighth as Smith (2-3) couldn’t get outs against his former team and Seattle made a pair of defensive miscues. “We just didn’t execute defensively as good as we normally do. ...
Crawford scored on Abraham Toro’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Toro hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning to give Seattle a 4-0 win on Tuesday night. He came up again with the bases loaded on Wednesday and settled for a sacrifice fly.
“We’re playing good baseball. We’ll head out on the road; we got to pick up the offense a little bit. We know that,” Servais said.
Gilbert threw five innings before turning to Seattle’s bullpen. Justus Sheffield (6-8) made his first relief appearance in more than two years, allowing one hit. Casey Sadler pitched the seventh, but Houston threatened with Jose Altuve’s walk and Michael Brantley’s single with two outs in the eighth off Drew Steckenrider.
Paul Sewald struck out Carlos Correa to end the eighth inning for the second straight game with Altuve at second base. Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman singled with one out in the ninth off Sewald, but Kyle Tucker popped out and Jake Meyers struck out looking for Sewald's eighth save.
Mariners keeping Dipoto, Servais in the fold with new deals
SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais will get a chance to see whether the Seattle Mariners' years-long rebuilding will come to fruition. The Mariners promoted Dipoto to president of baseball operations and signed Servais to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday, keeping the pair locked together to oversee the completion of the overhaul that began three years ago. “We certainly haven’t accomplished our goals, but we’re making great progress," Dipoto said. “And when we laid that out with a vision, we did lay out a timeline again and hopefully we’ve done our jobs delivering on that timeline.
“You want to be in high leverage situations. You want to be the guy at the plate, you want to be the guy coming in the game and those big situations,” Sewald said. “If you don’t, you don’t really make it in this league very long.”
Gilbert lasted only five innings due to a high pitch count. He got a huge defensive play from Crawford in the third inning, making a lunging backhanded stop of a shot by Correa and leaving Altuve stranded at third.
Gilbert allowed four hits, struck out four and walked none. It was the first time in his last four starts getting through five innings.
Odorizzi started the sixth but ran into trouble after a leadoff single by Crawford and walk to Mitch Haniger. Phil Maton loaded the bases with a one-out walk to Ty France, and Toro got a fly ball deep enough for Crawford to score.
Odorizzi allowed two hits and struck out seven.
“That’s very encouraging," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “Hate to see him get the loss because he threw the ball great.”
Houston was shut out on consecutive days for the second time this season. The Yankees blanked Houston in back-to-back games in July.
Seager's double keys 11th inning rally, Mariners top D-backs
PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead, two-RBI double to spark an 11th-inning rally and lift the Seattle Mariners over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Sunday to complete the three-game series sweep. The Mariners are on a five-game winning streak and continued to make up ground in the AL playoff race. Seattle is just three games behind Boston for the final wild card spot after the Red Sox lost on Sunday. Arizona has lost eight of its past nine. Seattle improved to 14-4 in extra inning games, continuing a trend of playing its best in big moments. “Heck of an effort by our guys,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “This team is so much fun.” Seattle's J.
Seattle posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 29-30, 2016 vs. Kansas City.
Houston reinstated RHP Jose Urquidy from the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Enoli Paredes from Triple-A Sugar Land. Urquidy has been out since late June due to right shoulder inflammation. He recently made three rehab appearances. Paredes appeared in 12 games earlier this season for the Astros as a reliever.
Seattle reinstated Sheffield from the injured list and recalled IF Kevin Padlo from Triple-A Tacoma. Sheffield has been out since July 7 due to a forearm strain and began a rehab assignment with Tacoma on Aug. 15. Padlo was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Aug. 19. Padlo appeared in nine games for the Rays earlier this season.
Astros: Baker said starting pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Taylor Jones would “probably not” be traveling with the Astros to San Diego. Greinke and Jones were placed on the injured list on Tuesday due to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19.
Astros: Following a day off, the Astros open a series in San Diego. Urquidy (6-3, 3.38) will start the opener in place of Greinke.
Mariners: After a day off, Seattle opens a road trip in Arizona. The Mariners have not announced a starter for the opener.
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Gilbert sharp as Diamondbacks hurt Mariners again in 5-4 win .
SEATTLE (AP) — Tyler Gilbert gave up two hits in another sharp outing, Ketel Marte homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Sunday. Arizona did more damage to the Mariners’ AL wild-card hopes with its second straight win, taking the series from a team that was surging just two days ago. Seattle is now three games behind Boston for the second wild-card spot with the Red Sox coming to town Monday for a three-game series. It was the first road series win for the Diamondbacks since April 23-25 when they took two of three from Atlanta. Asked if he remembered the last road series win, David Peralta paused and said: “Today. That's in the past.