The Astros created plenty of opportunities to score Monday. The problem though was their complete inability to take advantage of them.

Until the ninth that is.

The Astros allowed a late lead to vanish but scored four times in the final inning to take a 6-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field.

Marc Krauss and Carlos Corporan drew one-out walks in the ninth inning off Mariners closer Danny Farquhar (0-3) and Jimmy Paredes followed with a seeing-eye single through the right side to score pinch runner Jake Elmore and tie the game at 3.

Jonathan Villar followed with the game-winner — a slowly hit single up the middle to score Paredes and pinch runner Marwin Gonzalez. The Astros tacked on another insurance run on a throwing error by first baseman Justin Smoak.
“We never give up” Paredes said. “You have to wait for the 27th out in the game. You have to play hard no matter what.”

“It was good to see just the quality of the at-bats during that ninth inning” manager Bo Porter said. “From the two walks to the base hits by Jimmy and by Villar. We strung together good at-bat after good at-bat and that was good to see.

Kevin Chapman (1-1) worked a scoreless eighth to lock down his first major league win and Josh Fields worked around a solo home run in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

The Astros had trouble cashing in on several scoring opportunities throughout the night. Despite two runners reaching scoring position with no outs in the eighth the Astros were unable to convert.

The Astros also left the bases loaded in the first and failed to plate Trevor Crowe from second with no outs in the third. Chris Carter struck out to end both innings against Seattle starter Taijuan Walker — the Mariners’ top pitching prospect — who struck out eight in five innings.

The need for the late comeback came after Abraham Almonte hit his first career home run — a two-run shot in the seventh off reliever Chia-Jen Lo that gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead.

Almonte’s homer ruined a gutsy start by rookie Jarred Cosart. The righthander wasn’t that sharp Monday throwing almost as many balls as strikes. He labored through five innings completely losing the strike zone on several occasions and walking six. It is the fourth time in 10 career starts that Cosart has issued at least five walks.

“I would definitely be lying if I told you I wasn’t tired. It’s hard to keep your legs under you at this time of year. Just kind of tapering back on your workouts just cause the tax it takes on your body. I just wanted to get through five tonight. It was a struggle obviously.”