SEATTLE – Evan Gattis hit a two-run home run to put Houston ahead, Josh Reddick capped it with a two-run shot in the ninth inning, and the Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Gattis’ 21st home run of the season came in the sixth off Seattle starter Mike Leake, snapping a 1-all tie. Leake left a breaking ball in the middle of the plate and Gattis clubbed it over the left-field fence, putting the Astros in front.
Reddick greeted new M’s reliever Zach Duke with a shot to deep right-center in the ninth. It was the first homer allowed this season by Duke, acquired in a trade with Minnesota.
Charlie Morton (12-2) struck out eight and didn’t allow Seattle to put together a sustained rally in earning his 12th victory. Seattle’s offense was limited to Jean Segura’s solo home run and Mitch Haniger’s RBI single. Morton was pulled after the sixth, despite giving up just two runs and throwing 90 pitches. The sixth inning was the only time Seattle had multiple runners on base, and Morton got out of the jam after Haniger’s single by getting Chris Hermann to ground out with two runners on.
Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
Leake (8-7) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, but couldn’t avoid giving up a run in the fifth. Leake left a 0-2 pitch to Reddick in the middle of the plate and his two-out single scored Tony Kemp. Gattis added his homer an inning later.
Leake allowed eight hits and struck out four.
Segura’s homer was his eighth of the season and Haniger was in a 2-for-26 skid before his RBI single.
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