Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday he was happy to see players take things in their own hands with a closed-door meeting to try to solve their recent skid.

The Mariners held the meeting after Tuesday night’s loss, then suffered a sweep Wednesday in their series with the Houston Astros. It was the Astros’ first sweep in more than three months, leaving the M’s in a tenuous position with an upcoming road trip to St. Louis, Detroit and Anaheim.

With the Mariners now poised to lose 90 or more games, Wedge’s job is looking less secure by the day. He said before Wednesday’s game that it’s imperative the players keep things together and was glad they seem to realize that by calling for the meeting.

“There’s never been an issue with work or effort and I really respect that with our players and our organization …,’’ Wedge said. “But, you talk about discipline, you talk about focus, or you talk about letting your guard down sometimes, you know what this game will do to you.

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“Again, two-plus weeks to go and they know that every game means something,’’ he said. “It’s an honor to wear a big-league uniform. People pay their hard-earned money to come and watch you play. You represent something.”


Kendrys Morales hit the 100th homer of his career on Wednesday night. It marked the 40th consecutive game in which a home run has been hit by the Mariners or their opponents at Safeco Field.

• The Mariners on Tuesday allowed five stolen bases, the most they’d given up since May 19, 2009 against the Angels.

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