Recap: Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez backed up his ace status and kingly name, while the Astros’ starting pitching troubles continued to mount. Righty Brad Peacock allowed nine hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and the Astros fell 7-1 to Seattle on Monday in an American League West matchup at Minute Maid Park.

Big bats: Jason Castro is showing signs of warming up. The Astros catcher went 2-for-3 with a double, offsetting two passed balls. Right fielder Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer (five) into the Crawford Boxes for his 11th RBI in the bottom of the seventh.

Starters: Peacock gave up one run in the first and never was in command. The Mariners scored two runs in the third through fifth innings and Peacock was pulled before the fifth was complete. In the Astros’ last seven games, the team’s starting pitchers have allowed 34 earned runs in just 19 2/3 innings. Hernandez earned the win, allowing five hits while not giving up a run and striking out nine in six innings.