Porter on Peacock: 'He's been outstanding'
It was a fun trip to Seattle for the Astros, who had their way with the Mariners, sweeping a three-game series at Safeco Field. Wednesday’s 6-1 win was the Astros’ 50th of the season and concluded a 4-3 road trip. Brad Peacock earned the win and Josh Zeid recorded the final four outs for his first career save. All six Houston runs came with two outs. Wednesday completed a stretch of 20 games in 20 days for the Astros, who had their first three-game sweep of the season. The two other sweeps were a two-gamer and a four-game, back-to-back. All three sweeps have been on the road.
The Astros scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third inning. The way Peacock was pitching, that was more than enough.
Peacock (5-5), who was staked to a 5-0 lead after three innings, was superb, allowing only one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out four with one walk. After allowing a home run to Kendrys Morales to lead off the Seattle fourth, Peacock retired his last nine batters. The right-hander was effective mixing in his slider and changeup. His only mistake was a hanging breaking ball that Morales homered on.
For the second straight game a Seattle starter lasted only three innings. On Wednesday, Brandon Maurer (4-8) was hit hard in the second and third inning. The right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
IN THE BULLPEN
Zeid came into an intense situation with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning to get a critical out. Zeid induced Raul Ibanez, who represented the tying run, to pop up to third baseman Matt Dominguez for the third out, preserving a 5-1 lead. Kevin Chapman pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in 10 road appearances.
Bobby LaFromboise relieved Maurer to start the fourth inning and the left-hander retired all six Astros he faced, retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth. After walking Dominguez – his first batter - to lead off the sixth, Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the next three Astros to conclude his one inning.
AT THE PLATE
Dominguez, Jimmy Parades, Jonathan Villar and Marc Krauss had two hits each for the Astros, who out-hit the Mariners 11-5. Chris Carter had two RBIs. Dominguez had two doubles and scored twice. Houston scored two runs in the second inning. Dominguez had a one-out double and scored on a double by Krauss, who scored on a Carlos Corporan single to right field.
Villar jump-started Houston’s three-run third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Villar led off the inning with a bunt single. He stole second base, and from third base, he scored on a Brett Wallace single. Wallace and Dominguez scored on a two-RBI single by Carter. Carter’s two RBIs give him 77 on the season, 53 on the road. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 0-for-5. He entered the game 21-for-46 in September.
Morales led off the Seattle fourth with his 100th career home run. His 21st of the season cut the Houston lead to 5-1. Morales and Brad Miller had two hits each.
After Thursday’s off day, the Astros begin a six-game homestand on Friday, starting with three games with the Angels. The Reds visit Minute Maid Park Sept. 16-18.
On Friday, the Astros will start LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-2, 2.65 ERA) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (8-6, 3.76 ERA). Houston will start LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-6, 4.99 ERA) on Saturday vs. RHP Jered Weaver (9-8, 3.38 ERA). In Sunday’s series finale, RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 5.91 ERA) pitches against RHP Jerome Williams (7-10, 4.81 ERA).