Cole fans 12 as Astros down Cubs 6-5

HOUSTON (AP) Less than two weeks ago Jack Mayfield flew to Boston because the Houston Astros told him he was going to make his long-awaited major league debut after seven seasons in the minors.

When he arrived, they didn't need him after all after an injury to Aledmys Diaz wasn't so bad. So and he had to hop on a plane and head right back to Triple-A.

The undrafted free agent got the call again on Sunday night, and on Monday after more than 600 games and 2,500 plate appearances in the minors, Mayfield made his major league debut, getting a hit and driving in a run to help Houston to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

''It just delayed my debut,'' Mayfield said of his jaunt to Boston. ''But everything happens for a reason and I got to make it here in Houston, so it was still special.''

Manager AJ Hinch beamed when asked about Mayfield's performance Monday.

''It's a long journey for these guys and his story is one to be told because it's improbable and he never thought he'd get the opportunity,'' he said. ''We teased him a little bit last week with almost an opportunity, and I can only imagine the emotions that someone (goes) through.''

Gerrit Cole tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in six solid innings and the Astros reached Cole Hamels early and held on for the victory in the opener of an interleague series.

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning, but Cole (5-5) dominated after that, allowing two singles and striking out 10 over the next five innings.

Playing without injured stars Jose Altuve and George Springer, and Carlos Correa, who got a day off, the Astros cut the deficit to one in the second and scored five times off Hamels (4-1) in the third to take a 6-2 lead.

Yuli Gurriel had three hits and an RBI and Derek Fisher and Alex Bregman added two hits each as the Astros won for the third time in four games.

Hamels, who had allowed just six runs combined in his last three starts, yielded seven hits and a season-high six runs in four innings for his first loss.

''He wasn't sharp, but this has been going on for about a week - the ball is just missing our defense by a bounce here or a ball down the line there,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''But he wasn't sharp and he'll be the first one to admit that. Cole was not typical Cole Hamels.''

The Astros sent eight to the plate as they built their lead in the third. Bregman singled before Michael Brantley drew a walk. Houston tied it when Bregman scored on a single by Gurriel. A double by Robinson Chirinos scored Brantley.

Mayfield's RBI groundout made it 4-2 before Tyler White walked. Chirinos and White both advanced a base on a wild pitch by Hamels, which led to the pitcher calling catcher Willson Contreras to the mound for a chat.

But a run-scoring single by Fisher came next and Jake Marisnick pushed the lead to 6-2 with an RBI groundout.

The Cubs got going again at the plate after Cole exited, cutting the lead to 6-3 on an RBI single by David Bote in the seventh to chase Hector Rondon. Will Harris who got out of the inning when White stretched to make a tough catch on a line drive by Kyle Schwarber with two men on base.

Albert Almora Jr., homered off Roberto Osuna to start the ninth. Addison Russell added a solo shot with one out and Bote singled before Osuna struck out Schwarber. He got his 14th save when he struck out Javier Baez to end it.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: The Cubs were without Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward after the two were involved in an outfield collision Sunday against Cincinnati. Maddon said Heyward would likely return on Tuesday but that he doubted that Bryant would play. ... Chicago called up OF Jim Adduci from Triple-A Iowa with Bryant and Heyward both out Monday. ... Reliever Pedro Strop (hamstring) will play a rehabilitation game at Iowa on Tuesday. Maddon said that he might need just one appearance before returning to the roster. ... LHP Mike Montgomery came on to relieve Hamels in the fifth but left without throwing a pitch because of discomfort on his left middle finger.

Astros: 2B Altuve (hamstring) was 1 for 4 in the second game of a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. ... Houston placed INF Diaz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring on Monday and selected the contract of Mayfield to the major league roster.

RIZZO'S MONTH

Rizzo's homer on Monday was his 15th this season and is the earliest he's had that many homers in a season, besting 2017 when he got to 15 on June 14. He has nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 21 games this month.

THEY SAID IT

Hinch on Houston's work in the third inning: ''We've done that before against Hamels where you look up and it's 70-plus pitches in three innings or into the mid-80s into the fourth inning. That means we're being disciplined.''

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (3-3, 2.68) is scheduled to start for Chicago on Tuesday night. Lester has a 9.72 ERA in his last two starts after posting a 1.16 ERA in his first seven starts this season.

Astros: Rookie RHP Corbin Martin (1-1, 4.97) will start for Houston. Martin allowed six hits and four runs, three earned, in 3 1/3 innings of a 4-0 loss to the White Sox in his last start.

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  • W: G. Cole (5-5)L: C. Hamels (4-1)S: R. Osuna (14)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (15), A. Almora (7), A. Russell (3)
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J. Baez DH50000052.310.351.586.937-2.5
A. Rizzo 1B31221110.291.406.6041.0118.5
W. Contreras C40000012.312.416.5971.014-0.5
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D. Descalso 2B40000031.198.277.302.578-1.5
A. Russell SS41311000.289.333.511.8448.0
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    J. Reddick DH50000003.316.368.431.7990.0
    A. Bregman SS51200010.266.391.543.9332.5
    M. Brantley LF31100101.320.371.534.9053.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B41310001.267.304.415.7206.0
    R. Chirinos C32110113.242.374.468.8425.5
    J. Mayfield 2B40110001.250.250.500.7503.0
    T. White 1B21010120.228.316.307.6232.0
    D. Fisher RF40210011.375.375.6251.0004.5
    J. Marisnick CF30010112.270.336.530.8661.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - A. Rizzo (15), A. Almora (7), A. Russell (3)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (42), A. Almora (20), A. Russell (5), D. Bote (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 3 (3), J. Baez, J. Adduci, A. Almora
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (13), R. Chirinos (10), J. Mayfield
      • 3B - D. Fisher
      • SF - T. White (2)
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel (19), R. Chirinos (22), J. Mayfield, T. White (8), D. Fisher, J. Marisnick (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Reddick 3 (3), Y. Gurriel, R. Chirinos 3 (3), J. Marisnick
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Gurriel (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (L, 4-1)4.07664004.021.36-10.0
      K. Ryan1.22000204.501.392.0
      D. Maples1.11000300.001.503.5
      B. Kintzler1.00000102.840.873.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (L, 4-1)4.0
      K. Ryan1.2
      D. Maples1.1
      B. Kintzler1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 5-5)6.032211214.021.0528.0
      H. Rondon0.22100202.501.28-1.0
      W. Harris (H, 7)0.10000001.000.940.0
      R. Pressly (H, 13)1.00001100.370.582.5
      R. Osuna (S, 14)1.03220222.220.706.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 5-5)6.0
      H. Rondon0.2
      W. Harris (H, 7)0.1
      R. Pressly (H, 13)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 14)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Hamels
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 93-54, K. Ryan 27-17, D. Maples 29-20, B. Kintzler 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-5, K. Ryan 1-2, D. Maples 1-0, B. Kintzler 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, K. Ryan 7, D. Maples 5, B. Kintzler 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-69, H. Rondon 22-14, W. Harris 2-1, R. Pressly 15-9, R. Osuna 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-2, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, H. Rondon 5, W. Harris, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Baez DH50000052.310.351.586.937-2.5
      A. Rizzo 1B31221110.291.406.6041.0118.5
      W. Contreras C40000012.312.416.5971.014-0.5
      J. Adduci RF40000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
      A. Almora CF42111001.260.301.442.7427.0
      D. Descalso 2B40000031.198.277.302.578-1.5
      A. Russell SS41311000.289.333.511.8448.0
      D. Bote 3B40210021.264.351.419.7702.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Reddick DH50000003.316.368.431.7990.0
        A. Bregman SS51200010.266.391.543.9332.5
        M. Brantley LF31100101.320.371.534.9053.0
        Y. Gurriel 3B41310001.267.304.415.7206.0
        R. Chirinos C32110113.242.374.468.8425.5
        J. Mayfield 2B40110001.250.250.500.7503.0
        T. White 1B21010120.228.316.307.6232.0
        D. Fisher RF40210011.375.375.6251.0004.5
        J. Marisnick CF30010112.270.336.530.8661.5
        G. Cole P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        W. Harris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Pressly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Osuna P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • HR - A. Rizzo (15), A. Almora (7), A. Russell (3)
          • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (42), A. Almora (20), A. Russell (5), D. Bote (19)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 3 (3), J. Baez, J. Adduci, A. Almora
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (13), R. Chirinos (10), J. Mayfield
          • 3B - D. Fisher
          • SF - T. White (2)
          • RBI - Y. Gurriel (19), R. Chirinos (22), J. Mayfield, T. White (8), D. Fisher, J. Marisnick (14)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Reddick 3 (3), Y. Gurriel, R. Chirinos 3 (3), J. Marisnick
          FIELDING
          • E - Y. Gurriel (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Hamels (L, 4-1)4.07664004.021.36-10.0
          K. Ryan1.22000204.501.392.0
          D. Maples1.11000300.001.503.5
          B. Kintzler1.00000102.840.873.5
          Total8.01066460---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Hamels (L, 4-1)4.0
          K. Ryan1.2
          D. Maples1.1
          B. Kintzler1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 5-5)6.032211214.021.0528.0
          H. Rondon0.22100202.501.28-1.0
          W. Harris (H, 7)0.10000001.000.940.0
          R. Pressly (H, 13)1.00001100.370.582.5
          R. Osuna (S, 14)1.03220222.220.706.0
          Total9.08542173---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 5-5)6.0
          H. Rondon0.2
          W. Harris (H, 7)0.1
          R. Pressly (H, 13)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 14)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Hamels
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 93-54, K. Ryan 27-17, D. Maples 29-20, B. Kintzler 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 7-5, K. Ryan 1-2, D. Maples 1-0, B. Kintzler 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, K. Ryan 7, D. Maples 5, B. Kintzler 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-69, H. Rondon 22-14, W. Harris 2-1, R. Pressly 15-9, R. Osuna 19-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-2, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 2-0, R. Osuna 1-0
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, H. Rondon 5, W. Harris, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Russell homered to left center56
            Almora homered to left46
          • 7TH INNING
            Bote reached on an infield single to third, Almora scored, Russell to second36
          • 3RD INNING
            Marisnick grounded out to second, White scored, Fisher to second26
            Fisher singled to right, Chirinos scored, White to third25
            Mayfield grounded out to third, Gurriel scored24
            Chirinos doubled to deep left, Brantley scored, Gurriel to third23
            Gurriel singled to left center, Bregman scored, Brantley to second22
          • 2ND INNING
            White hit sacrifice fly to center, Chirinos scored, Mayfield to third21
          • 1ST INNING
            Rizzo homered to right, Schwarber scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
            • A. Almora: Almora homered to left
            • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to first
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell homered to left center
            • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Foul, Bote singled to right
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • J. Baez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Will Harris
            • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
            • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Contreras grounded out to second, Rizzo to second
            • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Kintzler relieved Dillon Maples
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to deep right
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Hector Rondon relieved Gerrit Cole
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adduci struck out looking
            • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora safe at first on 3rd baseman Gurriel fielding error, Almora to second
            • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
            • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Russell singled to right, Almora to third
            • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bote reached on an infield single to third, Almora scored, Russell to second
            • Will Harris relieved Hector Rondon
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber lined out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Maples Pitching:
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mayfield grounded out to shortstop
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Ryan Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Bregman lined out to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to center
            • Dillon Maples relieved Kyle Ryan
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Brantley to second
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
            • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell singled to deep left
            • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kyle Ryan relieved Cole Hamels
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mayfield flied out to deep right
            • T. White: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fisher tripled to deep center
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo singled to left
            • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Contreras reached on fielder's choice to third, Rizzo out at second
            • J. Adduci: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel doubled to left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos flied out to deep left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bote struck out looking
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
            • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Baez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to left center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to left center, Bregman scored, Brantley to second
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos doubled to deep left, Brantley scored, Gurriel to third
            • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mayfield grounded out to third, Gurriel scored
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked
            • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos to third, White to second on wild pitch, Fisher singled to right, Chirinos scored, White to third
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Marisnick grounded out to second, White scored, Fisher to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Almora popped out to second
            • D. Descalso: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
            • A. Russell: Ball, Russell fouled out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Strike swinging, Mayfield doubled to deep left, Chirinos to third
            • T. White: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, White hit sacrifice fly to center, Chirinos scored, Mayfield to third
            • D. Fisher: Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher reached on fielder's choice to second, Mayfield out at home
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked, Fisher to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Rizzo homered to right, Schwarber scored
            • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to second
            • J. Adduci: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman singled to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)