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Wednesday, April 10th (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (2-6) at Seattle Mariners (4-5), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Brad Peacock (0-1, 4.15) Seattle - Blake Beavan (0-0, 9.00)

(Sports Network) - The Houston Astros try to make it two straight wins on Wednesday when they play the rubber match of their three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Houston's bats woke up in a big way on Tuesday, as Chris Carter hit two home runs and Jose Altuve went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI to help guide the Astros to a 16-9 win. J.D. Martinez and Marwin Gonzalez also hit home runs for Houston, which snapped a six-game skid.

"It was only a matter of time," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "We've had confidence the whole time they could hit. It was unfortunate the games prior to (Tuesday) that we had not hit, but it was good to see."

Erik Bedard struck out three in four shutout innings for the Astros while allowing just one hit. Paul Clemens (1-0) picked up his first career win in his MLB debut despite allowing five earned runs and three long balls in four innings of work.

The Astros, which had managed just 17 runs through their first seven games, knocked Seattle starter Brandon Maurer out of the game after just two-thirds of an inning pitched. Maurer surrendered six earned runs and seven hits before giving way to the bullpen.

"These are days you just forget," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "You take whatever good you can out of it, some good things happened for us offensively at the end of the game, but from a pitching perspective, we just had a very off day, everybody was scuffling today. It was just a bad day."

Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez each belted pinch-hit home runs for the Mariners, who have lost five of seven.

Hoping for a better effort in Wednesday's finale, Seattle will hand the ball to righty Blake Beavan, who pitched poorly his first time out against Chicago. Beavan did not get a decision against the White Sox, but was hammered for five runs and six hits in five innings.

"I just wasn't executing pitches with my offspeed, and my fastball obviously should have been a better weapon for me to use, but I didn't utilize it enough when I needed it," said Beavan. "I just need to learn from it. The main thing is we got a win. We kept it right there and these guys stepped up and got a couple runs late in the game for us."

Houston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Brad Peacock, who lost his major league debut on Friday against Oakland. Peacock couldn't get out of the fifth inning in that one and surrendered two runs and three hits with three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"I was a little too amped up the first two innings, but I calmed down and feel like I did OK," Peacock said. "By the end of it, I felt great, and was keeping the ball down. I've just got to get in better counts. I'm going to work on it in my next bullpen and I should be fine."

This is Houston's first visit to Seattle since 2004.

04/10 10:18:54 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
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MEM
DAL
 
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OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
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MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
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POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR