Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Chris Carter finished 3-for-5 with a two-run
home run and two runs scored to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 victory over
the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game set at
Carlos Pena collected three hits, an RBI and two runs scored, while Rick
Ankiel clubbed a two-run homer and Marwin Gonzalez added a solo shot to help
the Astros notch their first series victory of the season.
Brad Peacock (1-1) limited the Mariners to three runs on four hits and a walk
over five-plus frames to earn the victory.
Kelly Shoppach went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI, while Franklin
Gutierrez accounted for the other Seattle run with his third homer of the
Blake Beavan (0-1) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over 5 2/3
innings to absorb the loss for the M's, who have lost four of their last five.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Mariners, as Jose Altuve
launched Beavan's fourth offering deep into the gap in right-center field.
Seattle right fielder Michael Saunders was able to track the ball down at the
warning track, but as he made the catch, he ran full speed into the padded
wall. Saunders remained down on the warning track dirt and had to be removed
from the contest because of a sprained right shoulder.
After going down in order in the first, Houston got on the board with a three-
run second, as Carter started the inning with a single and Pena followed with
a double. J.D. Martinez then plated Carter with a sacrifice fly before Ankiel
crushed a changeup over the center-field wall to give the Astros a 3-0 lead.
The Astros added to lead in the third, as Jason Castro led off with a high fly
ball that shortstop Brendan Ryan lost in the lights, allowing Castro to make
his way to second.
Carter followed with a fly out that moved Castro to third before Pena stroked
a single to right to make it 4-0. Martinez then scorched a double off the
right-field wall to score Pena for a 5-0 advantage.
Seattle's first hit of the game produced the team's first run, as Shoppach
smacked a one-out blast in the third to bring the M's within 5-1.
Shoppach scorched a run-scoring double in his next at-bat in the fifth before
Gutierrez led off the sixth with an opposite-field homer to trim Seattle's
deficit to 5-3.
Houston added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh when Castro stroked a
one-out double and Carter followed with a towering fly ball into the bullpen
in left field to give the Astros a 7-3 lead.
Gonzalez belted a one-out homer in the eighth to account for the final margin.
It was Houston's third consecutive series victory over the Mariners ...
Houston went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on
base ... Seattle went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six on
base ... Seattle LHP Bobby LaFromboise spun a perfect ninth in his major
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