Gurriel, Cole help Astros to 5-1 win over Pirates

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's Gerrit Cole tried not to think too much about what it would be like to face his former team leading up to Tuesday night's meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After turning in a solid performance to lead the Astros to a 5-1 win over the Pirates he allowed himself a little time to reminisce, saying that there was probably a lot of emotions on both sides.

''It was unique,'' he said. ''I remember facing these guys in spring training and throwing live BPs and throwing (simulated) games and coming up with some of them. There's just a lot of memories that you have.''

Cole (7-5) yielded seven hits and one run in six innings against the team which drafted him first overall in 2011 and where he spent five seasons before a trade to Houston before last season. Cole struck out three and walked two as he won his third straight decision.

''He mixed all his pitches in,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He threw some change-ups, threw some curveballs, used the slider. Fastball was elevated, good velocity, good life. One of those games where at the end of the day, you're looking for the big hit and we didn't get it.''

Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman homered to back up Cole and help the Astros to the win.

After winning just one time on a seven-game road trip which ended Sunday, the Astros opened a six-game homestand with the victory over the Pirates, who came into town on a four-game winning streak. Houston reached 50 wins on Tuesday night to join the Dodgers, Twins and Yankees as the only teams to reach the mark this season.

Bregman got things going in the fourth with a double off Trevor Williams before Gurriel launched a fastball into the seats in left field with two outs in the inning to make it 2-0.

An RBI single by Melky Cabrera got the Pirates within 1 in the sixth before Bregman opened the bottom of the inning with his 22nd home run to make it 3-1.

Williams (2-2) allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings.

''There are a few balls I wish I would have gotten back ... they put together some tough ABs off of me, especially late,'' Williams said.

Houston added a run on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Chirinos for the second out of the seventh inning and Williams was lifted when George Springer singled after that.

It was the only hit of the night for Springer, who returned to the lineup on Tuesday for the first time since straining his left hamstring on May 24.

Cole got a big assist from his defense in the fourth inning when Josh Reddick reached over the short wall in right field to rob Starling Marte of a home run for the first out of the inning.

''At the very last second it took a hard right turn,'' Reddick said. ''Kind of unexpected for me because I thought I had a good shot at it and all of the sudden I had to quick jump. And it wasn't the prettiest, cleanest of catches but I caught it. That's all that matters.''

Cole didn't allow more than one baserunner in an inning until the fifth when Jose Osuna singled with one out before Elias Diaz walked. But the Pirates came away emptyhanded when Cole retired Adam Frazier before striking out Kevin Newman to end the inning.

Corey Dickerson doubled to start the sixth and advanced to third on a groundout by Marte. The Pirates cut the lead to 1 when Dickerson scored on the ground ball single by Cabrera with two outs in the inning. Colin Moran singled after that before Cole walked Osuna to load the bases. But he was able to limit the damage when Diaz grounded out.

The Astros padded the lead on an RBI double by rookie Yordan Alvarez with no outs in the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh, who hasn't pitched since May 14 because of a sore right elbow, was activated from the injured list on Monday and pitched a scoreless ninth.

INTERLEAGUE SUCCESS

The Astros are 59-30 in interleague play since 2015. That's the second-best record in that span behind the Red Sox, who are 61-24.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Dario Agrazal (0-0, 4.50) will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Agrazal allowed six hits and three runs - two earned - in four innings against the Marlins on June 15 in his major league debut.

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (3-3, 3.61) is scheduled to start for Houston on Wednesday. Valdez yielded four hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-6 loss to the Yankees in his last start.

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  • W: G. Cole (7-5)L: T. Williams (2-2)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (22), Y. Gurriel (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Newman SS30100022.314.366.429.795-1.0
C. Dickerson LF41100011.277.327.468.7952.5
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J. Bell DH40000001.311.381.6311.0130.0
M. Cabrera RF40110000.312.347.434.7812.0
C. Moran 3B40200010.276.325.467.7922.5
J. Osuna 1B30100101.294.351.647.9982.0
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A. Frazier 2B40000024.259.321.372.693-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40100010.307.386.6351.0210.5
    J. Altuve 2B40100011.251.328.480.8081.5
    A. Bregman SS43311001.266.393.539.93211.0
    M. Brantley LF40000013.318.377.505.882-0.5
    Y. Alvarez DH40110011.327.417.7881.2052.5
    M. Straw PR-DH00000000.286.419.400.8190.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B31221100.266.301.414.7159.0
    J. Reddick RF31200001.301.340.447.7884.0
    T. White 1B40000016.224.335.347.682-0.5
    R. Chirinos C30010023.230.360.476.8370.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (6), C. Moran (11)
      • SH - K. Newman
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), C. Dickerson, J. Osuna, E. Diaz 3 (3), A. Frazier
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (9), A. Bregman (11), Y. Alvarez (3), J. Reddick (10)
      • HR - A. Bregman (22), Y. Gurriel (7)
      • SF - R. Chirinos (4)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (52), Y. Alvarez (17), Y. Gurriel 2 (35), R. Chirinos (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, M. Brantley, T. White 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - K. Newman (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Diaz (5)
      FIELDING
      • PB - R. Chirinos (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 2-2)6.28440424.251.193.0
      M. Feliz0.10000006.631.470.0
      C. Holmes1.02111304.981.570.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 2-2)6.2
      M. Feliz0.1
      C. Holmes1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 7-5)6.07112303.421.0519.5
      J. James (H, 2)1.00000204.811.304.0
      W. Harris (H, 12)1.00000001.240.973.0
      C. McHugh1.01000105.911.232.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 7-5)6.0
      J. James (H, 2)1.0
      W. Harris (H, 12)1.0
      C. McHugh1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Holmes 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 100-69, M. Feliz 3-2, C. Holmes 29-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-13, M. Feliz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 28, M. Feliz, C. Holmes 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-69, J. James 10-9, W. Harris 9-6, C. McHugh 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-7, J. James 1-0, W. Harris 1-2, C. McHugh 2-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, J. James 3, W. Harris 3, C. McHugh 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      K. Newman SS30100022.314.366.429.795-1.0
      C. Dickerson LF41100011.277.327.468.7952.5
      S. Marte CF40000001.275.317.468.7850.0
      J. Bell DH40000001.311.381.6311.0130.0
      M. Cabrera RF40110000.312.347.434.7812.0
      C. Moran 3B40200010.276.325.467.7922.5
      J. Osuna 1B30100101.294.351.647.9982.0
      E. Diaz C30200103.283.329.362.6913.0
      A. Frazier 2B40000024.259.321.372.693-1.0
      T. Williams P0000-000.188.235.188.000-
      M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF40100010.307.386.6351.0210.5
        J. Altuve 2B40100011.251.328.480.8081.5
        A. Bregman SS43311001.266.393.539.93211.0
        M. Brantley LF40000013.318.377.505.882-0.5
        Y. Alvarez DH40110011.327.417.7881.2052.5
        M. Straw PR-DH00000000.286.419.400.8190.0
        Y. Gurriel 3B31221100.266.301.414.7159.0
        J. Reddick RF31200001.301.340.447.7884.0
        T. White 1B40000016.224.335.347.682-0.5
        R. Chirinos C30010023.230.360.476.8370.0
        G. Cole P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        W. Harris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. McHugh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Dickerson (6), C. Moran (11)
          • SH - K. Newman
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman 2 (2), C. Dickerson, J. Osuna, E. Diaz 3 (3), A. Frazier
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (9), A. Bregman (11), Y. Alvarez (3), J. Reddick (10)
          • HR - A. Bregman (22), Y. Gurriel (7)
          • SF - R. Chirinos (4)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (52), Y. Alvarez (17), Y. Gurriel 2 (35), R. Chirinos (39)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (15)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, M. Brantley, T. White 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - K. Newman (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Diaz (5)
          FIELDING
          • PB - R. Chirinos (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Williams (L, 2-2)6.28440424.251.193.0
          M. Feliz0.10000006.631.470.0
          C. Holmes1.02111304.981.570.5
          Total8.01055172---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Williams (L, 2-2)6.2
          M. Feliz0.1
          C. Holmes1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 7-5)6.07112303.421.0519.5
          J. James (H, 2)1.00000204.811.304.0
          W. Harris (H, 12)1.00000001.240.973.0
          C. McHugh1.01000105.911.232.5
          Total9.0811260---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 7-5)6.0
          J. James (H, 2)1.0
          W. Harris (H, 12)1.0
          C. McHugh1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Holmes 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 100-69, M. Feliz 3-2, C. Holmes 29-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-13, M. Feliz 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Williams 28, M. Feliz, C. Holmes 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 104-69, J. James 10-9, W. Harris 9-6, C. McHugh 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-7, J. James 1-0, W. Harris 1-2, C. McHugh 2-0
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, J. James 3, W. Harris 3, C. McHugh 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Alvarez doubled to deep center, Bregman scored15
          • 7TH INNING
            Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored14
          • 6TH INNING
            Bregman homered to left center13
            Cabrera singled to right, Dickerson scored12
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel homered to left, Bregman scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Collin McHugh relieved Will Harris
            • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Moran struck out on foul tip
            • J. Osuna: Osuna grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Diaz: Diaz singled to center
            • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Josh James
            • S. Marte: Marte lined out to left
            • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell lined out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Clay Holmes relieved Michael Feliz
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to right center
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging, Bregman to second on wild pitch
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Bregman to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Alvarez doubled to deep center, Bregman scored
            • Myles Straw ran for Yordan Alvarez
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Foul, Reddick reached on catcher's interference, Straw to third, Gurriel to second on catcher Diaz fielding error
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, White struck out on foul tip
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Gerrit Cole
            • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • K. Newman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick doubled to deep left
            • T. White: Ball, White flied out to right, Reddick to third
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to center, Reddick scored
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to center
            • Michael Feliz relieved Trevor Williams
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson doubled to left
            • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Marte grounded out to pitcher, Dickerson to third
            • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bell grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to right, Dickerson scored
            • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran singled to right center, Cabrera to second
            • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Osuna walked, Cabrera to third, Moran to second
            • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman homered to left center
            • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to right
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Moran lined out to left
            • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Osuna reached on an infield single to third
            • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Osuna to second
            • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to deep left
            • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Newman struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Springer fouled out to first
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
            • J. Bell: Foul, Bell flied out to deep center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera lined out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman doubled to left center
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley popped out to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Alvarez flied out to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel homered to left, Bregman scored
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick reached on an infield single to first
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, White flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz singled to center
            • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • K. Newman: Newman hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Diaz to second
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Diaz to third on passed ball, Foul, Dickerson fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos grounded out to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer popped out to second
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Bell: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • C. Moran: Moran doubled to left center
            • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez flied out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to right center
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Reddick lined out to third
            • T. White: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, White flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman singled to right center
            • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Newman caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
            • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte popped out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Williams Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
            • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to deep left
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman popped out to first
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)