MLB Baseball

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Houston1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 161
Seattle0 0 0 0 2 7 0 5 x 14130
  W: M. Leake (5-6)   L: B. Peacock (5-3)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, June 5, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 13,653

Resilient Astros hope to keep picking on Mariners

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Even without stars such as Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, the Houston Astros continue to win.

The Astros earned their fifth straight victory Tuesday night in Seattle, rallying in the final three innings to take an 11-5 decision over the Mariners.

"We have good players and we know how to win, but we've had to win a little differently," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "We've manufactured runs a little bit better."

The series continues Wednesday at T-Mobile Park, with Astros right-hander Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.17 ERA) scheduled to face Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (4-6, 4.71).

Seattle has dropped four in a row and seven of eight.

Correa is expected to miss up to six weeks after sustaining a cracked rib while getting a massage at his home last week. Springer, Altuve and infielder Aledmys Diaz are out with hamstring strains, although all have showed progress in recent days.

"It's going to be a challenging time for our club," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told "We have six or seven players right now who aren't able to play, and that's frustrating for the month of June.

"We had a great start to the season, but it's going to challenge our depth, it's going to challenge our ability to be creative, and we're going to have to keep playing well. I think we can do it with the talent we have, but we're going to have to explore all options, including potentially bring in help from the outside."

So far, there's been no need for the latter.

Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs on Tuesday, and seven other Astros drove in at least one run.

The Mariners took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning on pinch hitter Daniel Vogelbach's three-run double, but the Astros responded with three runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth.

"We just kept coming at them with good at-bats and ended up with a couple of big innings," Hinch said. "(There is) a lot to be said about getting a leadoff runner on, especially after you give up a big inning the way we did."

Altuve took batting practice and infield work on the field each of the past two days and is scheduled to run again Wednesday. Springer is expected to take batting practice on the field Wednesday, and Diaz took grounders and BP on Tuesday.

Even without them, the Astros improved to 5-0 against the Mariners this season.

It was the 14th time this season that Seattle surrendered 10 or more runs, the most in the majors. The Mariners have lost by six or more runs five times in the past 10 games.

"We have a lot of areas that have been a struggle at times," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's one of those things. We are in a funk right now."

Peacock is 6-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 19 career games against the Mariners, including 10 starts. He got a victory April 12 in Seattle with 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, striking out seven.

Leake is 6-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 16 appearances, 14 starts, against the Astros. He hasn't faced Houston this year.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2019

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