Astros 10, Mariners 3

Robbie Grossman remembers sitting in the Astrodome as a child

watching the Killer Bs of Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Lance

Berkman, and dreaming of playing for Houston one day.

He got his chance on Wednesday, and he doubled twice in his

major league debut to help the Astros to a 10-3 win over the

Seattle Mariners.

”I remember going to the Astrodome and watching games, but this

park is something else,” said Grossman, who grew up in suburban

Houston. ”I wanted to be a professional ballplayer and play at the

highest level and being an Astro is just the icing on the


Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno and Brandon Laird homered, and Lucas

Harrell pitched seven innings as Houston took the rubber game of

the series. Four of the Astros’ seven wins this season have come

against the Mariners, their new AL West foe.

Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this


Carter hit a solo shot in the second, Cedeno belted a three-run

shot in the fourth and Laird also connected for a three-run drive

in Houston’s five-run sixth. The Astros have homered in eight

straight games, matching their longest such streak since June


Harrell (2-2) allowed a run and six hits in his longest outing

of the season.

”That felt like a complete game,” Houston manager Bo Porter

said. ”We pitched well, we hit well, we made all the plays.”

Laird had a career-high three hits and four RBIs, and Grossman

became the first player since Carlos Gonzalez in 2008 to hit two

doubles in his first major league game. He joins James Mouton

(1994) as the only players to accomplish the feat with Houston.

The Astros considered waiting for Grossman to join them in

Boston on Thursday, but thought it would be special for him to play

his first game at Minute Maid Park.

”We’re pretty excited for him,” Porter said. ”He adds a

dynamic to our club, some more speed at the top of the lineup and a

guy that gets on base.”

The Mariners closed out a 1-5 road trip. They were outscored

36-8 in the five losses.

Seattle manager Eric Wedge held a team meeting following the

latest setback, but wouldn’t divulge what was discussed.

”It’s been a bad road trip, and we are not off to the start

we’d like, for sure,” Wedge said. ”But we have the players in

there to be a good team, and that is what bothers me more than

anything. We just have to peck away and get this thing turned


Joe Saunders (1-3) had a second straight rough outing, with the

Astros getting to him for 11 hits and eight runs in five-plus

innings. He has given up 20 hits and 15 runs in his last two


”Just a bad day. That is all I care to say,” Saunders said.

”We’ll just turn the page on it, go get them next time and forget

about this one.”

Carter opened the second inning with a drive to left field to

make it 1-0. He is tied for the team lead with five homers, but

Wednesday was his first at Minute Maid Park.

”I was just like: `Finally, I hit a ball here,’ because I’ve

done everything on the road,” he said. ”It feels good to hit one

here in front of the fans.”

Grossman collected his first major league hit on a ground-rule

double with one out in the third. Grossman was recalled from

Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after Justin Maxwell went

on the disabled list with a broken hand.

Carter drew a walk with one out in the fourth before a single by

Carlos Corporan. Cedeno then hit a drive to left for his first

homer of the season, pushing the lead to 4-0.

Grossman led off the fifth with another double and scored on

Laird’s one-out double.

Harrell retired eight in a row before Dustin Ackley singled with

one out in the fifth. But Robert Andino then grounded into a double


The Mariners got on the board in the sixth. Endy Chavez and Kyle

Seager opened the inning with consecutive singles, and Chavez

scored when Kendrys Morales grounded into a double play.

Michael Morse singled before second baseman Jose Altuve ended

the inning with a slick defensive play. He made a diving stop on a

grounder hit by Justin Smoak and flipped over to make the throw to

first from a near sitting position.

Smoak hit a solo homer in the ninth inning.

NOTES: Seager has a career-high 13-game hitting streak. … The

Mariners return home on Thursday to open a four-game series against

the Angels. Seattle’s Brandon Maurer will oppose Garrett Richards.

… Houston travels to Boston where Philip Humber will face Red Sox

RHP Clay Buchholz. … Wedge said before the game that Andino would

replace Brendan Ryan as the starting shortstop for now. Ryan is a

solid defender, but has struggled on offense with a .143 average

and is just 1 for his last 25. … Seattle OF Michael Saunders, who

is on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder, could go

out for a rehabilitation assignment as soon as Friday.