Astros bounce back behind Peacock, Gattis

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HOUSTON — Brad Peacock extended his career-high winning streak to five games by throwing a career-high-tying seven innings, and catcher Evan Gattis slugged a pair of solo homers to lead the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Peacock (8-1), who was moved to the rotation from the bullpen in late May when Dallas Keuchel went on the disabled list for the first time, allowed three hits — two infield hits — and one run and struck out nine batters in his longest outing since Sept. 5, 2013, at Oakland. He’s won each of his last five starts.

The Mariners had their five-game winning streak snapped. Seattle starter Sam Gaviglio (3-5), who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Tuesday’s game, allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. Kyle Seager hit his 200th career double in the fifth and scored Seattle’s first run on an infield hit by Jarrod Dyson.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hit me with your best shot: On the day the Astros lost Carlos Correa for six to eight weeks with a thumb injury, fellow All-Star George Springer was struck on the right hand by a pitch while leading off the game. After a few uneasy moments for the Astros, he stayed in the game and scored a run, added an RBI double in the fourth and made a terrific diving catch in the eighth to rob Ben Gamel of a hit in the sixth.

Luke to the rescue: The Mariners threatened in the eighth inning against the Houston bullpen by scoring a run and putting runners at first and second with two outs, meaning the tying run was on deck. Astros manager A.J. Hinch summoned Luke Gregerson from the bullpen, and the veteran struck out Nelson Cruz swinging to end the inning.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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