Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners finally scored some runs
and helped Felix Hernandez pick up his 100th career win.
Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero each smacked a two-run homer in the Seattle
Mariners' 7-1 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game set.
Hernandez (2-2) fanned nine and surrendered five hits and a walk over six
scoreless frames for the Mariners, who had dropped five of their last six
games coming in.
Hernandez had been stuck on 99 wins since his Opening Day victory at Oakland.
He suffered subsequent losses to the White Sox and Rangers before taking a no-
decision against the Tigers on Wednesday.
Seattle's offense, which averaged an American-League worst 3.05 runs per
contest coming in, had totaled only 13 runs over its last eight games.
Rick Ankiel hit a solo shot for Houston, which has lost eight of its last nine
tilts. Brad Peacock (1-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits and a walk over 4
1/3 innings to pick up the loss.
The M's opened the scoring with a run in the first and plated a pair in each
of the third, fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a big lead.
Justin Smoak grounded an RBI single down the first base line with runners on
the corners and two away in the opening frame. Seager belted a no-doubt two-
run shot into the second deck in the third, while Montero cracked a two-run
blast off the facade in left-center in the fourth.
Kendrys Morales hit a towering solo homer into the first couple row of seats
and Montero lifted a sacrifice fly to right later in the fifth to give the M's
a 7-0 advantage.
The Astros got on the board in the seventh when Ankiel launched a solo
shot into the Crawford Boxes in left.
Dustin Ackley had three hits and scored a run for Seattle ... Peacock has not
gotten past the fifth inning this season ... The M's were 4-for-8 with runners
in scoring position.
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