Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - After Felix Hernandez allowed eight runs and failed to pitch out of the first inning against the Astros on Friday, the Mariners got their revenge Saturday.
Seattle scored five runs against Collin McHugh in the first inning and jumped out to an 8-0 lead through three with two home runs from Logan Morrison in its 8-1 win over Houston.
With the early run support, Mike Montgomery (1-1) earned his first major- league win. He allowed one run on six hits and three walks in six innings and has only allowed four runs over 19 innings in his first three starts with the Mariners.
McHugh (6-3) was hammered for all eight Mariners runs in three innings. It was his shortest start since he lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his fourth career start with the Mets in 2012.
In relief of McHugh, Roberto Hernandez struck out five over four scoreless innings.
The Mariners were unable to knock McHugh out in the first inning like Houston did with Hernandez Friday, but plenty of damage was done.
McHugh struck out Seth Smith to start the game, but a single by Austin Jackson and double by Robinson Cano gave them an early opportunity. Nelson Cruz's single made it a 1-0 game, and Jake Marisnick made a great catch in center field to limit Kyle Seager to a sacrifice fly.
The inning, though, was not over. Mark Trumbo's single kept the rally going, and Morrison hit a towering three-run home run to right field on a hanging breaking ball from McHugh.
McHugh worked out of a jam with two runners on in the second, but Morrison took him deep again in the third. With Trumbo on base after hitting a single, Morrison hit another high pitch that landed in virtually the same spot as his first home run. Brad Miller grounded out for the second out of the inning, but a walk and hit batter put two runners on for Jackson, who singled home Mike Zunino to put Seattle up 8-0.
Montgomery had to work out of trouble in every inning, but he induced a pair of double plays early to keep Houston off the board. The Astros finally scored in the fifth when George Springer's ground-rule double brought home Jason Castro.
After Montgomery departed, Danny Farquhar yielded just two walks in two innings, and Vidal Nuno tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve missed the game with a hamstring injury ... Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was 0-for-3, ending a four-game hitting streak to start his career ... Morrison has a hit in all 18 games he has played at Minute Maid Park ... Prior to the game, the Mariners designated veteran Rickie Weeks for assignment to make room on the roster for Farquhar ... Sunday's rubber game features Houston's Lance McCullers against Seattle's Roenis Elias.