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Mariners swept aside by Astros

HOUSTON — After four days of seeing their pitching pummeled up by a plethora of home runs — each one eliciting the playing of “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band in celebration — the Mariners limped out of Minute Maid Park, a beat-up and scuffling group, who never want to hear that song again.

Sounders tame Red Bulls

NEW YORK CITY — Some players rely upon the roar of a home crowd. They use it as replenishing fuel for tired legs and inspiration for late game-winners, for that final nudge over the finish line.