Altuve, Gurriel hit grand slams, Astros beat Seattle 10-6

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Altuve is as baffled as everyone else about his recent power surge.

Altuve and Yuli Gurriel hit grand slams as the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-6 Friday night for their major league-leading seventh straight victory.

Altuve doesn't know what's different, and he's even been self-scouting, studying video of his suddenly mammoth swing. He sees no difference between this week and last.

''You want to know what you're doing good because when you start not hitting the ball very good you want to come right back to that,'' Altuve said. ''But I feel like I'm doing the same thing. I would say I'm getting good pitches to hit.''

And lots of them.

Altuve's grand slam in the sixth inning extended a career-best streak of consecutive games with a home run to four. He had four homers in the Astros' previous three-game series sweep of the Yankees and now has six on the season.

''He's a special player and I think he's got a chance to win MVP again,'' Gurriel said.

Gurriel, filling in for the injured Alex Bergman, hit his slam in the eighth inning to secure the game against the pesky Mariners, who lost the game but continued their major league record of 16 straight games with a home run to start the season when Tom Murphy hit a solo home run in the ninth.

George Springer also homered for the Astros, a two-run shot that cut Seattle's early 3-0 lead to 3-2.

''We have so many good players, starting with Springer,'' Altuve said. ''He hit the two-run homer to get some momentum. Then we kept swinging, kept getting on base, and it seems like even with two outs the inning is not over for us and we keep scoring runs.''

The combination of starter Wade Miley, a former Mariners pitcher, and Brad Peacock (2-0) helped Houston hold down Seattle's muscular lineup, which came into the series with its AL West rival with 36 home runs and 117 runs scored.

The Mariners, who entered the game with a six-game winning streak, appeared to be up to the tricks that helped them to the major league's best record three weeks into the season, jumping on Miley early. They forced him to throw 41 pitches in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on Tim Beckham's RBI single. Domingo Santana's two-RBI single extended the lead to 3-0 in the second.

From there, though, Miley tightened things up through the fourth inning, when he was pulled for Peacock. The right-hander began the season as a starter, taking two turns through the rotation before being moved to the bullpen during a stretch in which manager AJ Hinch plans to use four starters due to a fortuitous run of days off.

Miley and Peacock combined to pitch 7 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. They held the Mariners hitless for four innings, a stretch of 14 batters with just one baserunner, who reached on a walk. Roberto Osuna earned the save.

Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc threw two bad pitches, giving up a double to Josh Reddick, then a two-run homer to George Springer in the third inning, cutting the lead to 3-2. He steadied himself but injured his right oblique while throwing a pitch in the fifth inning and was replaced with two runners on base.

Mariners reliever Shawn Armstrong (0-1) got out of the jam in the fifth in his first appearance of the season following an injury rehab assignment, stranding both runners. He gave up two weak singles to start the sixth, struck out a batter, then watched as Springer's sharply hit liner bounced out of leaping second baseman Dee Gordon's glove to load the bases.

Altuve then hit his sixth home run of the season deep to left field. It was the second grand slam of the second baseman's career.

''Unfortunately, out of the whole outing, I think that (Altuve's grand slam) was the only bad pitch that I threw, and I threw it to the wrong hitter,'' Armstrong said. ''He's really good up there. He's really aggressive, and when you leave a ball middle-middle like that he's going to make good contact on it in that situation.

''One pitch, he made me pay for it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Bregman was able to sprint full speed in workouts before the game, Hinch said, but remained out of the lineup with the sore hamstring he injured Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. Hinch hopes Bregman will return to the lineup during the three-game trip to Seattle. Bregman said there's a very good chance he'll play Saturday. . Seattle manager Scott Servais said LeBlanc will have an MRI and is likely to miss at least his next start with the injury.

MOUND MOVES

Armstrong and Alaniz were added to the major league roster for Friday's game. Seattle optioned RHPs Matt Festa and Erik Swason to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for the two relievers. The Astros, meanwhile, recalled LHP Reymin Guduan from Triple-A Round Rock following Wednesday night's game and optioned LHP Framber Valdez to make room on the roster.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.24) has a 12-9 career record against the Mariners, but was beat up in his last appearance against Seattle, giving up six runs and seven hits in two innings last August in Houston.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.26) returns to the mound after being pulled following one inning Monday at the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez came out of the game with virus-like symptoms after giving up two runs on three hits.

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123456789RHE
HOU9-5
00200404010161
SEA13-3
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  • W: B. Peacock (2-0)L: S. Armstrong (0-1)S: R. Osuna (5)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (6), G. Springer (4), Y. Gurriel (1), SEA - T. Murphy (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer DH52221022.281.344.526.8708.0
J. Altuve 2B52241000.321.371.6791.05011.0
M. Brantley LF41000120.283.345.453.7981.0
C. Correa SS31200210.341.426.5851.0114.5
Y. Gurriel 3B51341002.306.352.531.88211.0
T. White 1B50200012.259.333.296.6301.5
R. Chirinos C51100023.250.351.500.8512.0
J. Reddick RF51200003.316.366.342.7084.0
J. Marisnick CF51200012.391.462.6091.0703.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF52200010.255.339.392.7315.5
    M. Haniger RF52200022.279.329.544.8734.0
    D. Santana LF40230110.358.434.5821.0165.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B40000105.300.429.540.9691.0
    J. Bruce DH30000111.192.295.635.9300.5
    T. Beckham SS40110020.340.417.6601.0771.0
    R. Healy 3B40000013.262.296.538.834-0.5
    T. Murphy C41111010.308.438.538.9765.5
    D. Gordon 2B41100020.357.367.464.8313.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (6), R. Chirinos (5), J. Reddick, J. Marisnick (2)
      • HR - G. Springer (4), J. Altuve (6), Y. Gurriel
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (12), J. Altuve 4 (12), Y. Gurriel 4 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 4 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer (7), T. White 2 (3), J. Reddick (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (7)
      • HR - T. Murphy
      • RBI - D. Santana 3 (22), T. Beckham (12), T. Murphy
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 2 (6), T. Beckham (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion (3), R. Healy 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - Y. Gurriel (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (6), D. Gordon (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Peacock
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley4.06331203.451.343.0
      B. Peacock (W, 2-0)3.11211704.200.8016.5
      C. Devenski1.12111213.381.690.0
      R. Osuna (S, 5)0.10000001.420.327.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley4.0
      B. Peacock (W, 2-0)3.1
      C. Devenski1.1
      R. Osuna (S, 5)0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. LeBlanc4.28221514.501.633.5
      S. Armstrong (L, 0-1)1.144402127.003.00-9.0
      R. Alaniz2.044422118.003.00-3.0
      C. Gearrin1.00000007.111.583.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. LeBlanc4.2
      S. Armstrong (L, 0-1)1.1
      R. Alaniz2.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 82-49, B. Peacock 45-30, C. Devenski 29-19, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 2-6, B. Peacock 2-1, C. Devenski 2-1, R. Osuna 0-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 19, B. Peacock 13, C. Devenski 7, R. Osuna
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 92-56, S. Armstrong 24-21, R. Alaniz 34-19, C. Gearrin 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 6-4, S. Armstrong 2-3, R. Alaniz 3-2, C. Gearrin 1-2
      • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 23, S. Armstrong 8, R. Alaniz 11, C. Gearrin 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU9-5
      00200404010161
      SEA13-3
      120000201690
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer DH52221022.281.344.526.8708.0
      J. Altuve 2B52241000.321.371.6791.05011.0
      M. Brantley LF41000120.283.345.453.7981.0
      C. Correa SS31200210.341.426.5851.0114.5
      Y. Gurriel 3B51341002.306.352.531.88211.0
      T. White 1B50200012.259.333.296.6301.5
      R. Chirinos C51100023.250.351.500.8512.0
      J. Reddick RF51200003.316.366.342.7084.0
      J. Marisnick CF51200012.391.462.6091.0703.5
      Total4210161033914-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Smith CF52200010.255.339.392.7315.5
        M. Haniger RF52200022.279.329.544.8734.0
        D. Santana LF40230110.358.434.5821.0165.5
        E. Encarnacion 1B40000105.300.429.540.9691.0
        J. Bruce DH30000111.192.295.635.9300.5
        T. Beckham SS40110020.340.417.6601.0771.0
        R. Healy 3B40000013.262.296.538.834-0.5
        T. Murphy C41111010.308.438.538.9765.5
        D. Gordon 2B41100020.357.367.464.8313.0
        Total37695131111-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (6), R. Chirinos (5), J. Reddick, J. Marisnick (2)
          • HR - G. Springer (4), J. Altuve (6), Y. Gurriel
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (12), J. Altuve 4 (12), Y. Gurriel 4 (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 4 (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer (7), T. White 2 (3), J. Reddick (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Haniger (7)
          • HR - T. Murphy
          • RBI - D. Santana 3 (22), T. Beckham (12), T. Murphy
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana 2 (6), T. Beckham (7)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion (3), R. Healy 2 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - Y. Gurriel (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (6), D. Gordon (7)
          FIELDING
          • E - B. Peacock
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley4.06331203.451.343.0
          B. Peacock (W, 2-0)3.11211704.200.8016.5
          C. Devenski1.12111213.381.690.0
          R. Osuna (S, 5)0.10000001.420.327.0
          Total9.09653111---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley4.0
          B. Peacock (W, 2-0)3.1
          C. Devenski1.1
          R. Osuna (S, 5)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. LeBlanc4.28221514.501.633.5
          S. Armstrong (L, 0-1)1.144402127.003.00-9.0
          R. Alaniz2.044422118.003.00-3.0
          C. Gearrin1.00000007.111.583.0
          Total9.0161010393---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. LeBlanc4.2
          S. Armstrong (L, 0-1)1.1
          R. Alaniz2.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 82-49, B. Peacock 45-30, C. Devenski 29-19, R. Osuna 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 2-6, B. Peacock 2-1, C. Devenski 2-1, R. Osuna 0-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 19, B. Peacock 13, C. Devenski 7, R. Osuna
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 92-56, S. Armstrong 24-21, R. Alaniz 34-19, C. Gearrin 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 6-4, S. Armstrong 2-3, R. Alaniz 3-2, C. Gearrin 1-2
          • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 23, S. Armstrong 8, R. Alaniz 11, C. Gearrin 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Murphy homered to left106
          • 8TH INNING
            Gurriel homered to left center, Altuve, Brantley and Correa scored105
          • 7TH INNING
            Santana grounded out to first, Smith scored65
            Gordon scored on wild pitch64
          • 6TH INNING
            Altuve homered to left, Chirinos, Reddick and Springer scored63
          • 3RD INNING
            Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored23
          • 2ND INNING
            Santana singled to center, Smith and Haniger scored03
          • 1ST INNING
            Beckham singled to shallow left, Haniger scored, Santana to third, Bruce to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Ruben Alaniz
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos flied out to deep center
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Marisnick grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Murphy homered to left
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Smith singled to right
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger lined out to center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana walked, Smith to second
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Chris Devenski
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion flied out to right
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • R. Alaniz Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Marisnick grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley walked, Altuve to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Altuve to third, Brantley to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel homered to left center, Altuve, Brantley and Correa scored
            • T. White: Ball, White flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to pitcher
            • Chris Devenski relieved Brad Peacock
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Healy grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Ruben Alaniz relieved Shawn Armstrong
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to shallow center
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel caught stealing second, catcher to second, White singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Reddick grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to shallow right
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon scored on wild pitch, Smith struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Smith stole second
            • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Smith to third on Peacock throwing error, Santana grounded out to first, Smith scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Armstrong Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos doubled to shallow left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick reached on an infield single to third
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to second, Chirinos to third, Reddick to second
            • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left, Chirinos, Reddick and Springer scored
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to center
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Correa struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Healy flied out to center
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve lined out to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa singled to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel doubled to right, Correa to third
            • T. White: Ball, Ball
            • White grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Peacock relieved Wade Miley
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos flied out to center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick doubled to deep right
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick reached on an infield single to second, Reddick to third
            • G. Springer: Springer flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Murphy flied out to deep center
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick doubled to left
            • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Springer homered to center, Marisnick scored
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bruce flied out to left
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham flied out to deep right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa singled to shallow center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel popped out to second
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, White singled to center, Correa to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Reddick popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy flied out to left
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon lined out to center
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith singled to center
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Haniger doubled to left, Smith to third
            • D. Santana: Santana singled to center, Smith and Haniger scored
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion popped out to second
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Haniger singled to left
            • D. Santana: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Santana singled to shallow right, Haniger to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep left
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce walked, Haniger to third, Santana to second
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham singled to shallow left, Haniger scored, Santana to third, Bruce to second
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Healy flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)