J-Rod hit by pitch, lifted in 9th for pinch-hitter

by Daryn Albert - Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday night's 5-4 win over the Astros, one inning after he was hit on the hand by a pitch.

Toro pinch-hits for J-Rod, rallies Mariners over Astros 5-4 11:35 PM ET ESPN News Services HOUSTON -- Seattle Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning and was later lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth Saturday night in a 5-4 win over the AL-West leading Houston Astros . There was no immediate word on Rodriguez's condition. Abraham Toro , who pinch-hit for Rodriguez, delivered a go-ahead two-run single with two outs to help lift the Mariners to victory. Rodriguez was hit on the hand as he swung at a pitch in the top of the eighth inning. He struck out, but played in the field in the bottom half of the inning before being removed in the ninth. Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore also left Saturday's game with back spasms. Seattle beat Houston for the first time since June 8, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Astros. The Associated Press contributed to this report.