The Seattle Mariners' plan to use a Cy Young Award winner in an unusual relief role was foiled by Yordan Alvarez's game-ending,The Seattle Mariners' plan to use a Cy Young Award wi
three-run homer off Robbie Ray with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Houston Astros an 8-7 victory Tuesday in their playoff debut.
The AL West champion Astros topped rookie star Julio Rodriguez and the wild-card Mariners at the end of the game,
to open their best-of-five division series despite trailing the whole game following a terrible start by Justin Verlander.
With one out in the ninth inning and Houston down 7-5, Seattle closer Paul Sewald brushed David Hensley's jersey with a pitch.
Jose Altuve was struck out by Sewald before Jeremy Pena singled to centre field to score the winning run.
Then, Mariners manager Scott Servais made the audacious choice to insert Ray, who had begun Saturday's AL Wild Card Series game against Toronto, for a lefty vs.
Ray had only made six relief appearances in his career and had never recorded a professional save. Ray won the Cy Young Award with Toronto the previous year.
Ray's second pitch was launched deep into the right field seats by Alvarez, who hit 37 home runs during the regular season, sparking a raucous celebration with his parents in the a