Felix Hernandez eyes a third straight win on Friday when the Seattle Mariners continue a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Safeco Field.
Hernandez defeated Minnesota on Sunday, as he held the Twins to a pair of runs and seven hits over eight innings. He also struck out five and walked a batter and improved to 5-1 on the year to go along with a 2.94 ERA.
"It's always a confidence builder coming to the park when we know he's pitching. Typically we know that we don't have to put up too many runs to come out with a 'W,'" right fielder Michael Saunders said
Hernandez, though, has struggled in two starts (0-1) versus the Astros, giving up nine runs (4 earned) in 12 innings. He is 2-2 lifetime against them with a 2.40 ERA in five starts.
Houston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Brad Peacock, who is 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA. Peacock won his first start of the season on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox, as he allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to run his record to 1-4, while lowering his ERA to 5.20.
"I felt good last one and just want to try to continue what I'm doing and just keep it rolling," Peacock said. "I'm just trying some new things. I'm trying to find something that feels comfortable and try to roll with that."
Peacock has faced the Mariners five times and is 2-2 with a 6.92 ERA.
Seattle drew first blood in this series on Thursday, as Saunders drove in the go-ahead runs with an infield hit in the seventh inning and the Mariners eked out a 3-1 win. Saunders and Stefen Romero both had two hits and Robinson Cano drove in a run for Seattle, which has won three of its last four.
Dominic Leone (1-0) earned his first career win after surrendering just one hit with two strikeouts across 1 2/3 frames in relief of starter Roenis Elias, who gave up a run on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 frames.
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a home run as Houston dropped its third straight game. Jarred Cosart (3-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits with four walks.
The Astros won two of three in Seattle back in April.