Charlie Morton tossed six strong innings to earn his 12th win of the season as Evan Gattis and Josh Reddick hit two big home runs to secure the win for the Astros.
The club had lost four straight games coming into last night’s contest but got back to their swinging ways, pounding out 15 hits in the victory.
Morton shook off an early solo home run by Seattle’s Jean Segura and kept the Mariners’ offense limited throughout his six innings of work. He finished through six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits, one walk and struck out eight. Joe Smith, Tony Sipp, Collin McHugh and Hector Rondon combined to only allow one hit in the final three innings. Rondon recorded his 10th save of the season.
Gattis’ two run bomb broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 6th which lead to Reddick’s two run blast in the top of the 9th to add insurance runs for the Astros. Alex Bregman and Reddick were both 3-5 with Tyler White and Tony Kemp recording 2-4 performances.
George Springer dove for a ball in the 2nd inning and left the game with a sore left shoulder. He is listed as “day-to-day”.
The Astros will have the rubber match against Seattle this afternoon. First pitch will be 3:10PM CT.