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Mariners turn unlikely triple play against Astros

Seattle Mariners first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (20) tags out Houston Astros' Evan Gattis, second from right, for the third out of a triple play as Mariners' starting pitcher Marco Gonzales, left, looks on after Gattis left first base and started walking to the dugout after the first two outs during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners turned a triple play against the Houston Astros more likely to be seen in a Little League game than the major leagues.

Seattle recorded the three outs on one play in the fourth inning on Thursday.

With runners at first and second and no outs, Evan Gattis hit a check-swing ground ball to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on third and threw to second base to force Carlos Correa.

Gattis finished running to first but apparently believed it was the third out and turned to jog back to the dugout. Seager noticed what was happening, and Robinson Cano threw to Daniel Vogelbach, who applied the tag.

It was the 12th triple play turned by Seattle and first since 2015. It was the second straight season the Astros had a triple play turned against them. Before last year, Houston had not hit into a triple play since 1989.

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