The Mariners spoiled the Astros first winning streak of the season (all be it only two games) start their four-game series. But the Astros found the win column in game two, notching a 6-3 victory on Friday night behind Doug Fister and Carlos Correa.
Astros starter Doug Fister hasn't been flashy and frankly hasn't looked that effective on the mound. But the scoreboard is all that counts. Fister held his former team scoreless and allowed just three baserunners through the first six innings.
On the offensive side, Carlos Correa got the parted started with an opposite field home run in the first inning. Marwin Gonzalez added on with a two-run home run in the third putting Houston up 3-0 against Taijuan Walker.
Jason Castro continued the offensive strikes with a leadoff single in the fifth inning. George Springer and Correa followed with singled -- scoring Castro. Colby Rasmus lifted a flyball to center, allowing Springer to tag up from third for the fifth run for the Astros.
The Mariners broke through in the seventh inning. Fister hit Nelson Cruz with a pitch and allowed a double to Kyle Seager. A walk to Adam Lind loaded the bases with one out.
Pat Neshek relieved Fister. Neshek got Chris Iannetta to the lineout. A lineout is too simple a description for the play. Carlos Correa stole the soul of Iannetta as drove to his right to steal would have been easily a double in the gap.
Ketel Marte tripled to drive in three runs, making the score 5-3.
The Astros got one run back in the seventh. Altuve, Springer, and Correa loaded the bases. Rasmus grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Altuve to score.
Will Harris pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Luke Gregerson got back on the horse with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.