The Seattle Mariners' regular season is slated to end four weeks from Sunday with the finale of a 10-game stretch against the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers that likely will determine the winner of the American League West.
The Mariners will look to record a hard-earned series win Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game set.
Seattle's George Kirby (10-8, 3.28 ERA) is scheduled to oppose fellow right-hander Tylor Megill (7-7, 5.29).
The win was the 14th in the last 17 games for the Mariners (77-58), who took over sole possession of first place in the AL West Saturday by virtue of the Astros' 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Seattle is two games ahead of the Rangers, who fell to the Minnesota Twins 9-7 in 10 innings.
The Mariners never trailed Saturday but had to withstand a pair of comebacks by the Mets (62-74), who have been under .500 every day since June 6 and are eight games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants in the race for the final wild-card spot in the National League.
The Mets tied the game twice Saturday night — first at 3-3 on DJ Stewart's three-run homer in the fourth and again on Jeff McNeil's RBI triple in the eighth. New York also overcame an early deficit in Friday's 2-1 victory.
The Mets collected 13 hits Saturday but were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Outside of McNeil's game-tying hit, all of New York's runs were scored via home runs. Mark Vientos homered leading off the sixth, and Francisco Lindor hit a two-run shot in the inning.
The Mets had two hits in the ninth, when Daniel Vogelbach had a leadoff single but was thrown out attempting to extend it into a double. Stewart singled, but pinch runner Tim Locastro was stranded at first after Francisco Alvarez's game-ending groundout.
Kirby, who was scratched from a scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday because he was ill, didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start Aug. 23, when he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in the Mariners' 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
—Field Level Media