Jul 2, 2014 5:54 PM by

Former Hook Hernandez Smashes First MLB Homer, Astros Lose 5-2

HOUSTON -- Very quickly and suddenly, Brad Peacock lost it.

Peacock efficiently worked the Mariners for five innings on Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, giving up just three hits and keeping Seattle scoreless. Then came a sixth inning that he couldn't get through, and soon the Astros fell behind in a game they went on to lose, 5-2, to complete the Mariners' three-game sweep.

Peacock was commanding the ball well, even at the start of the sixth inning, striking out Endy Chavez leading off. Then he gave up a single to James Jones and his quality afternoon started to evaporate.

Peacock hit Robinson Cano with a pitch and walked Kyle Seager to load the bases with one out before throwing a wild pitch that allowed the Mariners to score their first run. Logan Morrison then doubled to score two more, giving the Mariners a 3-2 lead.

After giving up an RBI single to John Buck that made it 4-2, Peacock was pulled for Anthony Bass, who made his first Major League appearance since going to the disabled list on May 11.

Bass finished the inning without giving up a run, but the two-run lead was all Seattle needed against the Astros' struggling offense. Houston was held two hits in its first seven innings by Mariners starter Chris Young, who earned his eighth victory.

The first hit was a third-inning home run to right field by Marwin Gonzalez. The second came from Enrique Hernandez, who hit his first career homer into the Crawford Boxes in left in his second Major League game and his first career start. Hernandez' homer followed up his 2-for-2 performance in his first big league game on Tuesday.

Hernandez was starting at designated hitter in place of Chris Carter, and went 1-for-3.

Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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