Gerrit Cole leads Astros to 11-1 win over Athletics

HOUSTON (AP) On the night the Houston Astros celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by NASA's Apollo 11, the number 11 factored prominently into a lopsided win over the Oakland Athletics.

Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Athletics on Monday night.

''I think it's very appropriate we scored 11 runs,'' manager AJ Hinch said sporting the special cap with the Apollo 11 mission logo the team donned for the celebration.

But the 11 runs weren't the only 11 for the Astros on this night when the three homers they blasted helped them to their sixth straight victory.

Cole yielded two hits and one run while striking out 11 to collect his 11th win and help Houston improve to 8-1 against the Athletics this season. Cole has recorded double-digit strikeouts in three straight games, giving him an MLB-leading 205 this season.

Cole (11-5) has won seven straight decisions, with his last loss coming on May 22.

Rick Armstrong, the son of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Apollo 11 night at the ballpark, which came two days after the 50th anniversary of the first landing.

Alvarez got things going for Houston when he sent Bailey's second pitch of the second inning beyond the bullpen in right-center to put the Astros up 1-0.

George Springer hit an RBI single with one out in the inning and Bailey's bases-loaded walk of Jose Altuve made it 3-0. The Astros added a run on a groundout by Alex Bregman.

Alvarez drew a four-pitch walk to open the third inning before Gurriel's homer to left field pushed the lead to 6-0. Gurriel has an 11-game hitting streak and has hit 14 home runs in his last 23 games to give him a career-best 19 homers this season.

''We never really let him breathe,'' Hinch said of Bailey. ''We have a really long lineup ... and when we put that kind of lineup together and that kind of approach we can really, really make it difficult on the pitcher. He had really nowhere to go when we were putting up quality at-bat after quality at-bat. And it was a good sight to see.''

Josh Reddick doubled on a line drive to right field after Gurriel's home run before a single by Robinson Chirinos.

Diaz, who was playing in his first game since May 26 because of a hamstring injury, then belted a fastball to left field to make it 9-0 and chase Bailey (8-7).

Bailey, who was acquired from Kansas City on July 14, allowed a season-high nine runs and tied a season high with eight hits in just two-plus innings. It was the first loss since June 1 for the veteran right-hander, who had won four straight decisions capped by Wednesday's win against Seattle in his debut for the Athletics.

''It just didn't look like he had as good a life on his fastball,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''They had him on the run early, and they put some really good at-bats together.''

Alvarez doubled in a run off Brian Schlitter with two outs in the inning to give him 35 RBIs, which is the most in major league history by a player in his first 30 games, surpassing the 34 Albert Pujols had in 2001.

Matt Chapman doubled for Oakland's first hit with one out in the fourth and the Athletics made it 11-1 when he scored on a two-out double by Mark Canha.

Those were the only two hits as the Athletics ended a streak of 21 straight games with a home run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (broken rib) will continue a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock this week where he is scheduled to play on Tuesday and Wednesday before being activated from the 60-day injured list on Friday.

THEY SAID IT

Alvarez on taking a second to pose for the television cameras in the dugout with fellow Cubans Gurriel and Diaz after Diaz's home run: ''I just took a glance at Yuli and when (Diaz) hit it out we just all decided to come together at the end of the dugout there. It's something that's really great, especially for three Cuban players to do it. So we just took advantage of it,'' he said in Spanish through a translator.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (9-3, 3.64 ERA) is scheduled to start for Oakland on Tuesday night. Fiers, who pitched for Houston from 2015-17, is 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last 13 starts beginning with his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (8-4, 3.25) will start for Houston on Tuesday. Miley yielded three hits and two runs - one earned - in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win over the Angels in his last start.

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  • W: G. Cole (11-5)L: H. Bailey (8-7)
  • HR: HOU - A. Diaz (6), Y. Gurriel (19), Y. Alvarez (11)
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R. Grossman LF-RF20000100.259.355.388.7431.0
J. Profar 2B30000001.210.274.395.6690.0
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    J. Altuve 2B31210100.281.339.498.8376.0
    T. Kemp PR-2B20000015.228.310.420.730-0.5
    A. Bregman SS20010103.267.400.537.9372.0
    M. Straw SS20000011.267.389.333.722-0.5
    M. Brantley LF41000114.328.388.524.9131.5
    M. Stassi 1B00000000.159.233.207.4410.0
    Y. Alvarez DH32221201.342.421.7091.13012.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B31331000.292.327.520.84710.0
    a- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000101.250.312.460.7721.0
    J. Reddick RF-1B-LF42100104.282.324.413.7385.0
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    A. Diaz 3B42131004.284.325.529.85410.0
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    • a-walked for Gurriel in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Chapman (27), M. Canha (9)
    • RBI - M. Canha (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Barreto, R. Laureano, J. Phegley
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve (15), Y. Alvarez (10), J. Reddick (13)
    • HR - Y. Alvarez (11), Y. Gurriel (19), A. Diaz (6)
    • RBI - G. Springer (56), J. Altuve (36), A. Bregman (63), Y. Alvarez 2 (35), Y. Gurriel 3 (63), A. Diaz 3 (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (16), Y. Gurriel (24)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Kemp 5 (5), M. Brantley 3 (3), Y. Alvarez, J. Marisnick, J. Reddick 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Reddick (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Bailey (L, 8-7)2.08993235.421.48-18.0
    B. Schlitter3.04221304.701.963.5
    W. Wang2.01002001.641.003.0
    N. Martini1.00002100.002.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Bailey (L, 8-7)2.0
    B. Schlitter3.0
    W. Wang2.0
    N. Martini1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 11-5)7.021111103.031.0032.5
    H. Rondon1.00000004.541.353.0
    J. Smith1.00000000.000.903.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 11-5)7.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - H. Bailey (3), W. Wang
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 66-37, B. Schlitter 52-36, W. Wang 50-28, N. Martini 16-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 3-1, B. Schlitter 4-2, W. Wang 2-4
    • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 18, B. Schlitter 14, W. Wang 10, N. Martini 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 106-67, H. Rondon 15-10, J. Smith 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-8, H. Rondon 3-1, J. Smith 3-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, H. Rondon 4, J. Smith 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    F. Barreto SS20000011.132.154.316.470-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B21100010.279.362.549.9112.5
    C. Pinder 3B20000010.247.286.414.700-0.5
    M. Olson 1B20000021.259.343.546.889-1.0
    N. Martini LF-P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    M. Canha RF-1B40110010.249.376.542.9182.5
    R. Laureano CF30000021.282.332.514.845-1.0
    K. Davis DH30000000.231.300.407.7070.0
    C. Herrmann LF00000000.310.333.483.8160.0
    R. Grossman LF-RF20000100.259.355.388.7431.0
    J. Profar 2B30000001.210.274.395.6690.0
    J. Phegley C30000011.242.284.433.717-0.5
    H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Schlitter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Wang P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF50110022.300.387.593.9802.0
      J. Altuve 2B31210100.281.339.498.8376.0
      T. Kemp PR-2B20000015.228.310.420.730-0.5
      A. Bregman SS20010103.267.400.537.9372.0
      M. Straw SS20000011.267.389.333.722-0.5
      M. Brantley LF41000114.328.388.524.9131.5
      M. Stassi 1B00000000.159.233.207.4410.0
      Y. Alvarez DH32221201.342.421.7091.13012.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B31331000.292.327.520.84710.0
      a- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000101.250.312.460.7721.0
      J. Reddick RF-1B-LF42100104.282.324.413.7385.0
      R. Chirinos C42300110.229.357.433.7895.5
      A. Diaz 3B42131004.284.325.529.85410.0
      G. Cole P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      Total3711131138625-----
      • a-walked for Gurriel in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman (27), M. Canha (9)
      • RBI - M. Canha (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Barreto, R. Laureano, J. Phegley
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (15), Y. Alvarez (10), J. Reddick (13)
      • HR - Y. Alvarez (11), Y. Gurriel (19), A. Diaz (6)
      • RBI - G. Springer (56), J. Altuve (36), A. Bregman (63), Y. Alvarez 2 (35), Y. Gurriel 3 (63), A. Diaz 3 (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (16), Y. Gurriel (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Kemp 5 (5), M. Brantley 3 (3), Y. Alvarez, J. Marisnick, J. Reddick 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Reddick (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (L, 8-7)2.08993235.421.48-18.0
      B. Schlitter3.04221304.701.963.5
      W. Wang2.01002001.641.003.0
      N. Martini1.00002100.002.001.5
      Total8.0131111863---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (L, 8-7)2.0
      B. Schlitter3.0
      W. Wang2.0
      N. Martini1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 11-5)7.021111103.031.0032.5
      H. Rondon1.00000004.541.353.0
      J. Smith1.00000000.000.903.0
      Total9.02111110---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 11-5)7.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - H. Bailey (3), W. Wang
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 66-37, B. Schlitter 52-36, W. Wang 50-28, N. Martini 16-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 3-1, B. Schlitter 4-2, W. Wang 2-4
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 18, B. Schlitter 14, W. Wang 10, N. Martini 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 106-67, H. Rondon 15-10, J. Smith 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-8, H. Rondon 3-1, J. Smith 3-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, H. Rondon 4, J. Smith 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Canha doubled to deep right, Chapman scored111
      • 3RD INNING
        Gurriel singled to left, Brantley scored, Alvarez to third011
        Alvarez doubled to deep left, Altuve scored, Brantley to third010
        Diaz homered to left center, Reddick and Chirinos scored09
        Gurriel homered to left center, Alvarez scored06
      • 2ND INNING
        Bregman grounded out to third, Diaz scored, Springer to third, Altuve to second04
        Altuve walked, Chirinos scored, Diaz to third, Springer to second03
        Springer singled to left, Reddick scored, Chirinos to third, Diaz to second02
        Alvarez homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Smith relieved Hector Rondon
        • Max Stassi at first base
        • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martini grounded out to second
        • M. Canha: Canha grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Gerrit Cole
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to deep left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Profar grounded out to second
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Phegley safe at first on left fielder Reddick fielding error
        • F. Barreto: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barreto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Phegley out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Chris Herrmann in left field
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, Reddick to second
        • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
        • G. Springer: Springer popped out to shortstop
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Kemp struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • R. Laureano: Laureano flied out to left
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Wang Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Straw flied out to deep right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to left
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Marisnick reached on fielder's choice to second, Alvarez out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • N. Martini: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wei-Chung Wang relieved Brian Schlitter
        • Jake Marisnick hit for Yuli Gurriel
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick flied out to deep right
        • R. Chirinos: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Chirinos singled to right, Marisnick to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to catcher, Marisnick to third, Chirinos to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer hit by pitch
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Myles Straw at shortstop
        • K. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to third
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar flied out to deep center
        • J. Phegley: Phegley flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chad Pinder at third base
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Tony Kemp ran for Jose Altuve
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley grounded out to pitcher, Kemp to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Semien lined out to center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman doubled to right
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Canha doubled to deep right, Chapman scored
        • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Franklin Barreto at shortstop
        • Nick Martini in left field
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Diaz popped out to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Grossman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Profar flied out to deep center
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel homered to left center, Alvarez scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reddick doubled to deep right
        • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Chirinos singled to center, Reddick to third
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz homered to left center, Reddick and Chirinos scored
        • Brian Schlitter relieved Homer Bailey
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to deep left
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Alvarez doubled to deep left, Altuve scored, Brantley to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel singled to left, Brantley scored, Alvarez to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick fouled out to third
        • End of the 3rd (7 Runs, 7 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Canha popped out to third
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to shallow center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez homered to right center
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to second, Gurriel out at second
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos singled to right, Reddick to second
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz hit by pitch, Reddick to third, Chirinos to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Springer singled to left, Reddick scored, Chirinos to third, Diaz to second
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Chirinos scored, Diaz to third, Springer to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to third, Diaz scored, Springer to third, Altuve to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Olson struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Bailey Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to right
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)