The week’s heroes: Yelich, Toro and Kurt Suzuki

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 3: Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) heads home after hitting a walk off 3 run game winning homer during the Washington Nationals defat of the New York Mets 11-10 in the bottom of the 9th inning at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC on September 3, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 3: Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) heads home after hitting a walk off 3 run game winning homer during the Washington Nationals defat of the New York Mets 11-10 in the bottom of the 9th inning at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC on September 3, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images) /
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8 Kyle Tucker, 42 percent

The Houston Astros didn’t rise to their dominant position in the American League West by playing without heart. So when the visiting Seattle Mariners leaped to a quick 7-0 lead just an inning and a half into the teams’ Thursday game in Houston, the Astros took the deficit as a challenge.

Gradually chipping away at that early edge, the Astros finally tied the game at 8 with a three-run eighth inning capped by Jose Altuve’s two-run scoring triple. In extra innings, though, a second challenge emerged. Kyle Seager homered off Josh James to lift the Mariners back on top 9-8.

In the bottom of the 12th, Zac Grotz took the mound in an effort to protect that one-run lead. He almost made it. After striking out Yordan Alvarez, Grotz walked Yuli Gurriel but retired Aledmys Diaz on an infield out, pinch runner Myles Straw reaching second.

With two out and the tying run in scoring position, the Astros’ chances of eventually winning the game measured just 15 percent. Tucker, a September callup, was the last hope. He fell behind 1-2 to Grotz, then lined a base hit to right that sent Straw across with the game-tying run.

In the 13th, the Astros completed the comeback victory on Michael Brantley’s home run.