Gattis goes 2-fer-Tuesday
(c) Associated Press
Brad Peacock continued his run as the most pleasant surprise of the Astros 2017 season with a 7-inning, 1-run performance against Seattle Tuesday night. Peacock struck out nine and allowed only three hits and one walk to earn his eighth win of the year in a 6-2 triumph over the second-place Mariners in front of 27,111 at Minute Maid Park.
Evan Gattis launched a pair of solo home runs off Seattle starter Sam Gaviglio helping the Astros build an early lead and even the 3-game series at one game apiece. Gattis has now connected on ten longballs in his last six games, stating his case for more playing time and perhaps a shot at the clean-up spot in the lineup with the news that Carlos Correa will be out for 6 to 8 weeks with a thumb injury.
Jose Altuve contributed his customary three hits while Norichika Aoki and Alex Bregman played important roles in run-scoring rallies from the last two spots in the batting order.
Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen to record the last four outs for his first save of the season.
The win gives the Astros a 16-1/2 game lead in the standings after the first 94 games. The Angels and Rangers are temporarily tied for third, 17-1/2 games behind, pending the outcome of the "of Anaheim's" interleague game against the Nationals.
Charlie Morton and James Paxton are slated to square off in Wednesday's deciding game of the series that gets underway at 1:10 Central.
- Greg Thurston