Springer’s 2-run blast off Taijuan Walker in the first inning put Houston ahead 2-0. That must have seemed like ten runs to McHugh. The Astros had been shut out in each of his last two starts. Unfortunately, Collin couldn’t make the early lead stand up. Mike Zunino tied the game with a 2-run homer to the Crawford Boxes in the top of the second.
Marwin Gonzalez put the home team back on top with a towering homerun off the rightfield foul pole in the bottom of the second. But the momentum would soon swing back into Seattle’s favor. A 3-run shot by Brad Miller in the fourth put the Mariners ahead to stay. Robinson Cano and Michael Saunders also went deep for Seattle.
Making his first big league start of the year, Walker cruised through six innings. Seattle’s 21-year old right-hander held the Astros to five hits and two walks while logging six strikeouts en route to the win. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the final three innings and was credited with his first save of the year.