Cano’s homer help Mariners top Astros, 12-4, boost playoff hopes

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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28: Dan Altavilla #53 of the Seattle Mariners shakes hands with Mike Zunino #3 after the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Wednesday to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.

Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle pulled within 1½ games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card. Houston dropped three games back as its magic number for elimination was cut to two. The Orioles were at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Cano’s career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season.