Anyone who switched off the Astros' late-night contest against the Mariners Wednesday night can be forgiven after Mike Fiers was taken out behind, 5-0. However, this is the new hitting-rich Astros who, other than George Springer, napped the first week. Houston exploded for four crooked numbers and won easily in Seattle, 10-5, to take their first road series of the season.
Correa: Beats throw in seventh
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Jose Altuve led the offense with three runs and three hits while six other Astros notched multi-hit games in the 16-hit onslaught. Houston tallied twice in the fourth, twice in the fifth, three more in the seventh and three again in the eighth without benefit of a home run.
The Mariners rode home runs by Mike Freeman in the second and a two-run shot by Taylor Motter in the third to build a 5-0 edge. They say Taylor is a bad Motter (shut yo mouth!) but the shortstop has had five hits the past two nights and is batting .357 as a injury call-up.
Houston switched on the offense in the fourth against nemesis Yovani Gallardo and began cooking with gas. Brian McCann walked home with the first run followed by an infield single from Yuli Gurriel for the second run. Carlos Correa was thrown out at the plate to end the surge or if could have been more.
In the fifth, Nori Aoki doubled and scored on an RBI single by Josh Reddick. Carlos Beltran spanked a two-run single to draw the Astros back within one.
Correa tied it in the seventh with a rocket past third against Dan Altavilla that plated Reddick before Alex Bregman spanked a two-out double down the left field line that scored the go-ahead run. Correa later came home on a wild pitch for a 7-5 advantage.
Beltran put the last icing on the cake with a two-run double in the eighth against Evan Marshall to guarantee another sleepless night for Seattle manager and former Astros catcher Scott Servais. His 2-8 squad is testing the patience of many of the 14,479 in attendance.
Houston's bullpen, meanwhile, scattered three hits among four relievers over five innings with Brad Peacock, who wouldn't be on the roster save for Collin McHugh's sore elbow, notching his second win in relief.
The 6-4 Astros take a day off on the West Coast Thursday before opening a weekend series in Oakland against the Athletics on Friday night at 9:05 Central. Dallas Keuchel (1-0) gets his third start of the season as he opens against Kendall "Digger" Graveman (2-0). The Athletics may be tied with the Astros for the opener if they can win Thursday night's contest in Kansas City.
- Bob Hulsey