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ROCKY GALE GETS FIRST MLB HIT; ASTROS HOLD OFF MARINERS, MOVE UP ...



EX-PILOT DELIVERS

Former University of Portland catcher Rocky Gale, 27, got his first major league hit on Wednesday.

The San Diego Padres’ backup, a veteran of six pro seasons, stroked a single down the left-field line off the Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Knebel in the eighth inning.COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Former Portland Pilots catcher Rocky Gale, starting for the San Diego Padres, singled Wednesday night against Milwaukee.

Gale was called up Sept. 2 from the Pacific Coast League’s El Paso Chihauhuas (long ago the Portland Beavers) and had gone 0 for 7 with the Padres.

"For a second, I thought maybe I should go to second," he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "With the margin the way it was, we needed some base runners so I kind of held up.

"It's just an honor to get a start, to get to catch (Andrew) Cashner today. I'm very relieved that I got one to get that first one out of the way. I've never wanted a hit so bad after those first (seven) at-bats."

Gale was West Coast Conference defensive player of the year at UP and was drafted by the Padres in the 24th round in 2010. He was born in Portland and graduated from North Salem High.

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  • ASTROS WIN 7-6 AT SEATTLE

    The Houston Astros moved back into a wild-card playoff position with a wild, 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesay night at Safeco Field.

    Houston center fielder Carlos Gomez ended the game when he caught Franklin Gutierrez’s line drive and doubled up James Jones at first base.

    The win put Houston a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels with three games left for the Astros in the regular season. The Angels have four games to go, all against the Texas Rangers, who lead the AL West and whose magic number to clinch the division is two.

    AL West standings: Texas 86-72, Houston 84-75, L.A. 83-75, Seattle 75-84, Oakland 66-93.

    Houston leads Minnesota by 1 1/2 games in the wild-card chase. The Twins have four games left.

    Houston is off Thursday, then opens a home series with Arizona on Friday.

    The Astros overcame a season-high four errors and back-to-back home runs by Seattle’s Kyle Seager (a three-run blast) and Nelson Cruz in the fifth inning to win on Wednesday.

    The Mariners begin their final three-game series at home on Friday, facing Oakland at 7 p.m. Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.67) goes for his third consecutive 10-win season.

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