SEATTLE (AP) — J.A. Happ earned his first win with the Mariners as the Seattle bullpen held off the Houston Astros 3-2 Wednesday night.
Acquired from Toronto in an offseason trade, Happ (1-1) won in his third start. He gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 1-3 innings, walking none and striking out five.
Reliever Yoervis Medina walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth before striking out Chris Carter. An inning earlier, Carter homered.
Fernando Rodney escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the ninth for his fourth save in five tries.
Roberto Hernandez (0-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the first when Austin Jackson singled, stole second and scored on Nelson Cruz’s single.
Mike Zunino hit a solo home run in the third. Brad Miller singled home Logan Morrison in the fourth to give the Mariners a 3-0 advantage.
Jose Altuve hit an RBI single with two outs in the Houston fifth.
Carter, who tied for second in the majors last year with 37 home runs, hit his first of the season in the seventh.
Astros hitting coach Dave Hudgens was ejected in the middle of the fourth inning after Luis Valbuena was called out on strikes to end the top half of the frame.
Astros: Houston has a day off Thursday before starting a three-game set at Oakland. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-0) takes the mound for the Astros looking for his 11th consecutive quality start, a streak that dates to last August.
Mariners: Seattle gets a day off before ace Felix Hernandez takes the mound Friday against the Twins. Hernandez looks to improve to 3-0 in his fourth start of the season, and is coming off a 12-strikeout performance on April 12.
Astros: Manager A.J. Hinch said RHP Brad Peacock, put on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained lat muscle, is dealing with a lengthy issue. Peacock injured his back in his first appearance after being reinstated from the disabled list
Mariners: Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen (hyperextended elbow) is expected to start playing catch Friday and throw a bullpen on the team’s next road trip.