It’s two consecutive wins and fourth place in the American League West for the rebuilding Astros, who downed the Mariners 8-3 Wednesday at Safeco Field.

The Astros (3-6) took the three-game series 2-1 and moved ahead of the high-priced Los Angeles Angels, who are at the bottom of the division.

The teams meet Friday for the start of a three-game series.

The Astros racked up 37 hits and 24 runs against the Mariners during their two victories, after being shutout 3-0 Monday. Led by Chris Carter’s 3-for-5 outing – the leftfielder hit his third home run in two days – a team that spent its initial seven games of the season defined by record-setting strikeouts spent its last two contests attacking from the first pitch. The Astros outscored the Mariners 16-1 during the first three innings of games Tuesday and Wednesday.