Houston Astros win in Seattle for their 8th win in a row

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros throws his first pitch of the season to Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays During Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros throws his first pitch of the season to Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays During Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-1, extending their winning streak to eight games. Jose Altuve hit a home run for the 5th straight game.

Behind some great pitching by Justin Verlander, home runs by Altuve and Robinson Chirinos, and a couple of great plays by Jake Marisnick, the Astros were able to hold off the Mariners for the close win.

Verlander went 6 innings, allowing one run on two hits, and striking out 11 batters. He would have surrendered a run in the 5th, but Marisnick made a run-saving catch on the warning track in center field.

Chirinos got Houston on the board first in the top of the 3rd, with a solo shot to make it 1-0. Then Michael Brantley singled in George Springer later in the inning to make it 2-0. In the bottom of the 4th, Mitch Haniger homered for Seattle cutting the lead in half.

Altuve connects with his 7th homer of the season to make it 3-1. Altuve has hit a home run in five straight games now. He is the 4th ever player in franchise history to achieve this incredible feat.

Will Harris pitched the 7th inning surrendering two hits and did not allow any runs with the help of a lucky bounce, resulting in a ground rule double, that kept the runner from scoring from first base. Marisnick made a great catch off the bat of Domingo Santana for the first out of the inning, which more than likely saved a run from scoring.

Alex Bregman,in his first game back after missing two games, went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Marisnick went 0 for 3, lowering his team-leading batting average from .391 to .346.

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Gerrit Cole looks to pick up his first win of the season on Sunday as he squares off against Marco Gonzalez who is 4-0 this season, but is 0-2 in his career against Houston with a 12.91 ERA.