Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez lifted in 9th; pinch-hitter Abraham Toro plays hero

HOUSTON — Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez was hit in the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning and later lifted for a pinch-hitter in a 5-4 win over the AL-West-leading Houston Astros Saturday night ninth.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Rodriguez will take X-rays later on Saturday.

“He wasn’t comfortable with a racquet in his hand,” said Servais. “So we’re gonna pray it ain’t broke.”

Rodriguez was hit in the back of his hand as he swung in the top of eighth. He struck out but played on the field in the bottom half of the inning before being raised in the ninth.

Rodriguez was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s hitting .274 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs this season.

Abraham Toro, who pinched for Rodriguez, delivered a two-run, two-out green single ahead of Astros closer Ryan Pressly to help the Mariners win.

Pressly (3-3) finished ninth after making 21 of his 24 save chances this season. He gave up two runs on two hits, walked one and hit two in the loss in his first botched save since June 23, against the New York Yankees.

Toro, who played parts of three seasons with Houston, said his familiarity with Pressly gave him an advantage on Saturday night.

“He’s someone who’s generally aggressive, so I know he likes to attack the zone,” he said of Pressly. “I’ve been swinging since the beginning.”

Astros manager Dusty Baker added of Toro: “He’s been a thorn in our side since we traded him over there. It was a big hit he got tonight.”

Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore also left Saturday’s game with back spasms.

Seattle beat Houston for the first time since June 8, putting the Astros on a five-game losing streak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez lifted in 9th; pinch-hitter Abraham Toro plays hero

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