- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - George Springer had a tough time for most of Friday night.

That didn’t shake his confidence, though, and when he got another shot late with the game on the line, the touted rookie came through for Houston.

Springer singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Astros a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Springer, called up from Triple-A on April 16, had an infield hit toward third after beginning the night 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in a game started by Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.

“It was obviously a sense of relief, I want to say,” Springer said. “You obviously want to be big in that spot. I was able to slow down, and I was happy. I’ll take it.”

Astros manager Bo Porter hopes that the win in the team’s last at-bat will help Springer take off at the plate.

“When you watch George, and even through his struggles tonight, there was never a doubt in his mind,” Porter said. “He continues to battle and ends up being the guy at the plate with the bases loaded … and ends up coming up with the big hit.”

Jose Altuve singled off Charlie Furbush (0-3) to open the 11th and Dexter Fowler reached on a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by Carlos Corporan came next, and Altuve beat the throw to third to load the bases for Springer.

“That type of execution that puts you in position to win the ballgame,” Porter said. “From a fundamental standpoint, everybody did their job.”

Anthony Bass (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Marc Krauss had two hits and drove in two runs for Houston.

Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer and Kyle Seager added a pair of RBIs for Seattle, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Houston had trouble taking advantage of chances throughout the game and was 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

Robinson Cano was initially ruled safe on a grounder with two outs in the 10th, but the play was challenged and overturned on replay to end the inning.

The Astros tied it at 4 in the eighth when Alex Presley scored on a chopper by Jonathan Villar.

Hernandez allowed five hits and three runs - two earned - with six strikeouts in five innings while battling flu-like symptoms.

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