Astros rally from 5 runs down to topple Seattle

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With both teams struggling to score runs to start the season, it appeared as though the M’s would be the ones whose bats were heating up, scoring five runs in the first four innings off Houston starter Mike Fiers. But Astros manager A.J. Hinch turned to his bullpen, and his lineup turned on.

Houston knocked Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo out of the game after five innings, down 5-4, and proceeded to torch Seattle’s bullpen to the tune of six runs spread across the seventh and eighth innings.

Seven Astros had multiple hits, led by Jose Altuve (3-for-3), who reached base in all five plate appearances and scored three runs, improving to 7-for-his-last-15 after starting the season in a 3-for-21 slump. Taylor Motter and Mike Freeman, starting and on the roster, respectively, because of Jean Segura‘s 10-day DL stint, accounted for three of the Mariners’ five runs on a long ball apiece, while Motter added his fourth two-bagger in his last two games.

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Seventh heaven: The Astros completed their comeback with a three-run seventh inning against reliever Dan Altavilla. Josh Reddick, Altuve and Carlos Correa had consecutive one-out singles, giving Houston nine singles in its first 10 hits. Alex Bregman put the Astros ahead with a double down the third-base line, and Correa scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the inning. By wiping out a five-run deficit, the Astros surpassed their largest comeback of last season (four runs).

What a relief: The Astros’ relief corps, which had allowed 17 runs in 20 1/3 innings in the team’s previous six games, shut down the Mariners. Seattle managed three hits after Motter’s third-inning homer gave the Mariners a 5-0 lead, with Tony Sipp rebounding to retire Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager in order in the fifth. Brad Peacock threw two scoreless innings, Luke Gregerson threw a scoreless eighth and Jandel Gustave a scoreless ninth.

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

Evan Webeck is a contributor to MLB.com, based in Seattle.

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


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