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SEATTLE -- Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI and the Houston Astros damaged the Seattle Mariners post-season hopes with a 5-2 victory Wednesday. Rod Langway Jersey . Altuve had a RBI double in the fifth and a single in the seventh for his league-leading 200th hit. He is the second Astros player to accomplish the feat, joining Craig Biggio -- who set the franchise record of 210 in 1998. Altuve leads the league in hitting at .337, hits and steals with 52. If he finishes as the leader in all three categories he would be the first to do that since Seattles Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. The Mariners, who lost two of three in the series, remained a half-game behind Detroit for the American Leagues second wild-card spot. The Tigers lost to AL Central rival Kansas City, 3-0. Oakland, which opens a three-game series at Safeco Field on Friday, holds a two-game advantage over the Mariners for the first wild-card spot. Nick Tropeano (1-0), making his major league debut, held the Mariners in check for his five innings. He allowed two runs and four hits, striking out five and walking none, and left with a 4-2 lead. Tony Sipp finished the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities. Regular closer Chad Qualls has a nagging hip injury and was unavailable. The Astros chased Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7) after just 4 1-3 innings, his third shortest outing of the season. Iwakuma struggled with his control from the start. The best indicator was his one-out walk to Jon Singleton in the second inning. It was just his 15th walk issued in 161 2-3 innings this season. Matt Dominguez then popped out before three straight hits, by Alex Presley, Max Stassi and Jonathan Villar, produced three runs. In Iwakumas 24 previous starts, opponents had scored a combined three runs in the second inning. The Mariners responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs off Mike Zuninos one-out double. Altuve, the leagues leading hitter but hitless in 10 previous at-bats in the series, pushed it to 4-2 with his one-out RBI double to left in the fifth. After Iwakumas second walk -- his 16th of the season -- with one out in the fifth, he was lifted. He gave up four runs and six hits and struck out six. The Astros added a run in the eighth on Presleys two-out RBI single. He and Stassi each had two RBIs. UP NEXT The Mariners have their final off day of the season Thursday before their critical weekend series against Oakland. Lefty James Paxton (5-2, 1.87) opens the series Friday against right-hander Jason Hammel (2-5, 4.70). Houston also is off Thursday before its three-game weekend series at the Los Angeles Angels. Brett Oberholtzer (5-10, 4.38) will be matched up against C.J. Wilson (11-9, 4.64). SELIG AND NO. 42 Commissioner Bud Selig, retiring after this season, came through Seattle and spoke with the media before the game. Among his topics was the genesis for all the players wearing No. 42 on April 15 each season to honour Jackie Robinson breaking the Color Line on that date in 1947. "Commissioners are never supposed to have favourites," Selig began. "Let me tell you a story. I came back from a trip to Arizona and my phone was ringing. It was Ken Griffey Jr. And he apologized for calling me so late and he said, I know how you feel about Jackie Robinson. What would be wrong with all of us wearing No. 42? " Selig said he would think about it but didnt take long. The next morning he called Robinsons widow, Rachel, and told her Griffeys idea and she embraced it. So every year since 2004 every player wears No. 42 on April 15. The number also was retired throughout baseball in 1997. CLOSER TO THE END Even though Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has 44 saves in 47 opportunities and needs just two more to set the franchise record, he tends to be a final-inning roller coaster. Manager Lloyd McClendon says just enjoy the ride. "Im a believer that once you get to your closer in the ninth inning, youve done your job as a manager," McClendon said. "Its his game to win or lose. . If you asked if Id take Fernando Rodney out of the game, it would have to be dire straits." Jay Beagle Jersey . Ronaldo failed to connect on an ample number of opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored in each half for Madrid to come out of the first leg with the firm advantage. Matt Niskanen Jersey . Patton told The Baltimore Sun that he took an Adderall pill four days before the season finished, trying to improve his short-term focus. "I took one because I was stupid," Patton told The Sun.Each week, NFL Editors Ben Fisher and Mike Hetherington discuss three hot fantasy football topics. This week they take a look back and their best and worst calls of the fantasy season. What was your best call this season? Fisher: I didn’t hit on much, but at a time when Robert Griffin III was still getting QB1 grades, I was pretty adamant he wouldn’t live up to those expectations, not even close. I also predicted Griffin wouldn’t last the year as starter but what I didn’t see was Kurt Cousins also getting replaced … or for that matter Colt McCoy looking half serviceable. Griffin struggled even before his ankle injury – his proneness to injury another contributing factor to my low draft grade – and while he put up passable numbers in the games he started upon his return, he never came close to resembling a QB1. Griffin was exposed as a mediocre quarterback in Washington this season and almost certainly sank your fantasy team if you drafted him high. Hetherington: Way back after Week 1, I stated that Cordarelle Patterson was a boom-or-bust WR option and could be considered a sell-high candidate for owners. My reasoning included an imminent quarterback change that would result in a production dip and a run-first offence. Now, I’m not convinced having Teddy Bridgewater under centre was the sole reason for Patterson’s decline, but if you offloaded the second-year pro for a more consistent weapon, you likely got a major upgrade. At a time when Patterson was coming off a game with over 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, one of my bolder calls of the season paid off. What was your worst call this season? Fisher: After watching a very mediocre running back in Knowshon Moreno put up monster numbers in a Peyton Manning-led offence, I thought a decent back in Montee Ball could put up even bigger numbers for the Broncos this season. At least I thought Ball was a decent running back. Ball was a below average running back before he got injured, which eventually led to CJ Anderson getting the job and halfway proving my point that a back better than Moreno could do some real damage in Manniing’s backfield. Marcus Johansson Jersey. It just happened to be a running back I’d previously never heard of. Hetherington: This one is painful to admit as I look back on it. In mid-October, I declared Colin Kaepernick to be the best dual-threat option over Russell Wilson and Cam Newton. Kaepernick was coming off his best game of the season; throwing for 343 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams defence. Kaepernick has not had a multi-touchdown game since and has subsequently dropped completely off the fantasy QB1 radar. Looking back, the correct choice would have been Wilson, but even Newton would have been a better choice than the one I made. Who was the biggest surprise performer this season? Fisher: DeMarco Murray staying healthy all season was a big one, and Andrew Luck taking the reins as top quarterback sooner than expected was surprising too, but Odell Beckham Jr. leads the list for me. Beckham was topped only by the Steelers’ Antonio Brown, another pleasant surprise in his own right, in average points per week by receivers. The rookie first rounder was a fantasy force after recovering from a back injury that kept him out of the lineup the first four weeks of the season. And the best part? He did it in style! Hetherington: I’m going to call this one a tie between Le’Veon Bell and Demarco Murray, both of whom were projected to finish outside the top five of fantasy backs. The two will finish as by far the best running backs of 2014 and are currently separated by just 0.1 fantasy points (Bell has that slight edge). Each are surprises for their own reason, however. Bell was set to share the Steelers backfield with LeGarrette Blount – and did briefly – but took over as the feature back, so much so that the Steelers to cut ties with Blount. He also emerged as a major weapon in the passing game, receiving for more yards than any other back. Murray’s value was considered relatively limited entering the season by his injury history, yet he handled the biggest workload of his career without missing a game. If you had either back on your team, you likely had major success this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '