Straw's 3B in 14th lifts Astros over pesky Mariners 8-7
"All's well that ends well," Astros manager AJ Hinch said.
"That was not a game that was expected, given how it started," Hinch said. "And even halfway through nine innings, it felt like we were completely in control of it. Then it was like a game that was never going to end. Quite a game."
Verlander was pulled with one out in the sixth after giving up three singles. He was charged with three runs on five hits.
"From the get-go today it was a little bit touch and go for me," Verlander said. "I wasn't my best today and we made the pull. I wasn't surprised. In some of these games like this one, it comes down to pure will, who wants it most."
Seattle outfielder Mitch Haniger left in the seventh with what the team called a "mid-body" contusion.
The Astros took three of four in the series and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 series.
Chirinos has homered in four consecutive games, tying Cliff Johnson's club record from 1975 for longest streak.
The Mariners rallied for three runs in the seventh inning on five singles. After Houston added a run in the eighth, the Mariners scored again in the bottom of the inning before Osuna entered.
"It's kind of hard to be focused the whole game," Narvaez said. "But we did a good job swinging the bats. Remember, we were facing a pretty good team. They don't strike out much and put the ball in the play almost every time."
Verlander moved ahead of Hall of Famer Mike Mussina for 20th on the career strikeout list, fanning seven to reach 2,816.
Astros: Hinch doesn't expect OF George Springer or 2B Jose Altuve to return for the upcoming eight-game homestand because both players will need to go on rehab assignments before coming off the injured list. Springer (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL on May 25 and Altuve (left hamstring strain) has been on the IL since May 11.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-6, 4.89) will start as the Mariners open a three-game series in Anaheim. LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 4.09) will start for the Angels. Gonzales is coming off a season-worst performance, allowing 10 earned runs, nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Angels on June 2.