Gonzalez helps Astros to 3-2 win over Mariners

Gonzalez helps Astros to 3-2 win over Mariners
April 23, 2013, 11:34 pm
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Houston Astros fans cheers as Marwin Gonzalez rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


HOUSTON (AP) Marwin Gonzalez homered, Bud Norris rebounded from a tough start last time out and the Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The game was tied at 1 when Gonzalez launched his homer about 10 rows into the stands in right field to start Houston's third. Gonzalez, who bats ninth, hit just four home runs in 80 games last season and has three in 16 this year.

Houston got an insurance run when Hisashi Iwakuma (2-1) hit Justin Maxwell with a pitch with the bases loaded later in that inning.

Norris (3-2) allowed a season-high eight hits in five innings and Jose Veras pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in three opportunities.

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