Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3100
Seattle0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 290
  W: F. Valdez (1-0)   L: R. Detwiler (0-1)   S: H. Rondón (14)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, August 21, 2018
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 25,415

Astros' Altuve set for return versus Mariners

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Astros dropped two of three against the A's, but were able to regain a one-game lead in the division with their 9-4 win yesterday. Houston hit five home runs in the win, the most the team has hit in a road game this season.
  2. After sweeping a four-game series in Houston from August 9-12, the Mariners have lost four of six. Seattle is averaging 3.71 runs per game post-All-Star break, second fewest in the AL (Tigers -- 3.63).
  3. With two series victories at Seattle this season, the Astros have won seven consecutive road series against the Mariners, the most consecutive road series won against any opponent in franchise history.
  4. Gerrit Cole recorded his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season last start when he punched out 12 Rockies en route to a 12-1 Houston win. Dating back to last season, Cole has made 37 consecutive starts with at least five strikeouts, the longest active streak in MLB. The next closest are Chris Sale and Jacob deGrom with 17 straight.
  5. After a brief spell in the bullpen, Felix Hernandez will make his first start since August 7. In five career home starts against Houston, Hernandez has a 3.16 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
  6. In 18 games in August, Mitch Haniger is slashing .356/.400/.534 with 10 doubles, 10 runs scored, and nine RBI. Haniger's improvement in batting average from July to August (.191  .356) is the largest in the American League (minimum 75 PA in July and 50 PA in August).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/20/2018 thru 8/22/2018
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SEATTLE -- The Houston Astros on Monday night concluded what was their longest stretch without All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve since he made his debut as a 21-year-old on July 20, 2011.

Altuve will be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and will rejoin the starting lineup following a 21-game hiatus caused by right knee discomfort when Houston visits the Seattle Mariners.

Altuve exited in the fifth inning July 25 against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. He landed on the DL for the first time in his decorated eight-year career later that week. The Astros (75-50) dropped the opener of their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Monday and fell to 8-13 without Altuve.

Altuve made one rehab assignment start Sunday for Triple-A Fresno at Tacoma, finishing 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. He got all the requisite work in advance of his return to action and declared himself fit to play following what has been an unusual experience.

"That was my first Triple-A game. Believe it or not, I was a little excited," said Altuve, who made the jump to the majors from Double-A Corpus Christi. "It's been a long time since I played in the minor leagues ... but I know this was just part of my rehab.

"I have what I was looking to have."

Said Astros manager A.J. Hinch: "He had a successful day of building some confidence and getting himself active where he could test himself. He did just about everything: he got a hit, he got on the bases, he made a hard turn, he sprinted to second base on a bloop single. They were reaction plays that we can't really simulate in early work. It takes game competition to do that."

For the first time this season, the Astros will utilize a sixth starter. Hinch has declared the second game of the series a bullpen day, with right-hander Brad Peacock (2-4, 3.19 ERA) slated to get the start against Seattle. The rotation void was created when right-hander Lance McCullers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain Aug. 5.

Peacock is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 15 games (nine starts) versus Seattle, including four scoreless relief appearances over 5 1/3 innings this season.

Right-hander Mike Leake (8-7, 3.90 ERA) will start for the Mariners. Leake has recorded six consecutive quality starts, going 0-1 with a 2.54 ERA during that stretch. Despite allowing only two hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings in his previous outing against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, Leake did not factor into the decision. He is 6-6 with a 3.67 ERA over 15 career appearances (13 starts) against the Astros, including 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA this season.

The Mariners (72-54) pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Houston and the Athletics in the American League West after rallying for a 7-4 victory in the series opener. The Mariners have won five consecutive games against the slumping Astros, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall back into a tie with the Athletics atop the division.

Closer Edwin Diaz has saved each of the last six Seattle victories over the Astros and matched the franchise record with his 48th save Monday.

Updated August 21, 2018