HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Jose Altuve smacked his first career walk-off hit off the left field in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Marwin Gonzalez and lift the Astros to their seventh straight victory 3-2 over the Seattle Mariners Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. The win improves the Astros record to 15-7 which is the best win percentage in the opening month since 1986 when the team began.
Scott Feldman battled through seven innings and scattered eight hits allowing two runs, both in the first, but did not figure into the decision.
Hits weren’t hard to come by, but runs were for both teams. The only two Mariners runs came in the first. A Nelson Cruz double-play ball plated Seth Smith for the game’s first run. Kyle Seaget came to the plate and hit an RBI single to left to score Austin Jackson to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead after a half inning.
The Astros cut the deficit in half with Altuve setting the table early. He hit his first of three hits with a single to right in the first. Altuve had his eighth consecutive multi-hit game tonight which is longest streak for an Astro since Billy Hatcher did it in 1988. With Altuve advancing to third, Evan Gattis grounded out to second for the second out, but plated Altuve to make the score 2-1.
The Astros found the equalizer in the sixth on another RBI ground out from Gattis which scored Luis Valbuena tying the game at 2-2.
The Mariners threatened in the top of the ninth with a leadoff single from Logan Morrison and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Miller. A passed ball by Jason Castro would give the Mariners the go-ahead run at third base with only one out. Tony Sipp would then strikeout Dustin Ackley. Pat Neshek was brought in and forces Mike Zunino to pop-out to get Houston out of a subtle jam.
In the Astros half of the 10th Marwin Gonzalez started the rally with a double to right field, Colby Rasmus came in to pinch-hit and drew a walk which brought up Altuve for the game winning hit.
Greggerson (2-0) earned the victory in relief. Seattle’s Dominic Leone (0-2) took the loss
The Astros announced after the game that right-hander Samuel Deduno (0-0, 2.89 ERA) will get the start and square off against Seattle lefty Roenis Elias (0-0, 3.18 ERA) on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.
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