Gurriel 8 RBIs, Cole wins 10th in row, Astros rout Rockies

HOUSTON (AP) With Houston's powerful offense, there always seem to be men on base when Yuli Gurriel comes to the plate in the bottom part of the Astros order.

On Wednesday, he found a way to send most of them home.

Gurriel drove in a team record-tying eight runs, Gerrit Cole won his 10th straight decision and the Astros routed the Colorado Rockies 14-3 for their sixth victory in a row.

''It's really incredible with this team, and I feel a big responsibility to drive runners in when they are on base,'' Gurriel said in Spanish through a translator. ''To be in that spot, I'm always focused and concentrating to get those runners in.''

A day after homering twice with three RBIs, Gurriel again teed off for the AL West leaders. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning, a sacrifice fly in the third, a three-run double in the fourth and an RBI grounder in the sixth to give him the most RBIs since he knocked in eight twice while playing in Cuba.

Gurriel tied Houston's RBI record set by J.R. Towles in 2007 against St. Louis. Gurriel, who leads the Astros with 80 RBIs, surpassed the seven RBIs he had last season against the Angels and tied the major league record for most RBIs by a player born in Cuba. It's his 11th game this season with at least three RBIs, and he joins Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as the only Astros to have two games with at least seven runs knocked in.

''You get that feel every time he comes up that something positive is going to happen,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''He's locked in on pitch recognition and staying in on the at-bat. His production has been through the roof the last six weeks.''

Cole (14-5) struck out 10 in six innings. Undefeated in his last 14 starts, he allowed three hits and two runs to make Houston's starters 16-1 in their last 19 starts.

This is the longest winning streak of Cole's career and is the best active streak in the majors. Cole, who hasn't lost since May 22, leads the majors with 226 strikeouts and his 2.87 ERA ranks third in the AL.

The Astros swept the four-game interleague season series from Colorado. Trevor Story hit his 26th homer and Nolan Arenado added his 25th for the Rockies, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.

The Astros jumped on Colorado starter Peter Lambert (2-3) for seven hits and a career-high nine runs in three-plus innings. Jose Altuve homered on Lambert's first pitch of the game.

Colorado manager Bud Black believes the nine walks his three young pitchers combined for were the biggest factor in the lopsided loss.

''Three rookie pitchers probably trying to do a little bit too much or be a little too fine,'' he said. ''I think you saw a result of that in those nine walks. That's tough to do against this lineup, and it's tough to do in the big leagues. These guys are learning on the job, and they'll soon learn that walks will always come back to haunt you.''

Story homered for the fourth time in five games, connecting in the first.

Altuve quickly tied it and Gurriel connected with two outs for his 23rd home run, including 18 since June 23. He has homered in five straight games against the Rockies dating to last year.

Cole had retired 10 straight, with seven strikeouts, when Arenado homered in the fourth. That hit gave Arenado 26 RBIs in interleague play this season, tied with Frank Thomas for most since interleague play began in 1997.

The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth on a single and two walks before Michael Brantley drove in a run with a single to chase Lambert. He was replaced by Jesus Tinoco, who walked Alex Bregman on four pitches to send another run home and make it 7-2.

He struck out Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa before Gurriel cleared the bases with double to left field to push the lead to 10-2.

Bregman had a two-run double in Houston's three-run seventh to extend the lead to 14-2.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Ryan Pressly (sore right knee) returned to Houston on Wednesday after pitching one inning in a rehabilitation game for Double-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. Hinch said he felt good after the outing and that he would be evaluated and likely come off the injured list in the next day or two. ... RHP Brad Peacock (sore right shoulder) will make a rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday night.

THE STORY ON STORY

Story's homer on Wednesday gave him 114 in what was his 500th career game. It's the most home runs in a shortstop's first 500 games in MLB history, surpassing Alex Rodriguez (103), Nomar Garciaparra (101), Ernie Banks (100) and Tony Batista (93).

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) will start for Colorado in the opener of a four-game series at San Diego on Thursday night. Gray gave up nine hits and four runs in four innings of a 6-5 loss to San Francisco in his last outing but did not factor in the decision.

Astros: Houston is off on Thursday before LHP Wade Miley (10-4, 3.05) starts in the first of three games at Baltimore on Friday night. Miley allowed three hits and two runs in six innings to win is fourth straight decision in Houston's 10-2 victory over Seattle in his last outing.

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  • W: G. Cole (14-5)L: P. Lambert (2-3)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (25), T. Story (26), HOU - J. Altuve (19), Y. Gurriel (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40100000.323.368.596.9641.0
T. Story SS31111020.282.347.562.9095.0
T. Wolters 2B10000002.276.341.358.6990.0
D. Murphy DH40000021.296.344.489.833-1.0
N. Arenado 3B21111000.306.367.544.9126.0
a- Y. Daza PH-CF20100000.125.160.125.2851.0
R. McMahon 2B-3B40000021.266.339.438.776-1.0
R. Tapia LF40100020.274.309.449.7580.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000012.189.287.325.612-0.5
C. Iannetta C31200010.221.313.414.7272.5
G. Hampson CF-SS30100021.221.278.331.6090.0
  • a-singled for Arenado in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Altuve 2B32111110.298.361.537.8987.5
a- G. Stubbs PH-LF01000100.160.222.200.4222.0
M. Brantley RF43210102.322.381.514.8957.0
A. Bregman 3B43230102.272.402.537.93910.0
Y. Alvarez DH41300113.348.429.7031.1314.5
C. Correa SS30110225.294.366.567.9343.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41281004.298.333.539.87215.0
A. Diaz LF-2B50000015.258.299.492.790-0.5
M. Maldonado C32000220.217.291.357.6493.0
J. Marisnick CF51100021.248.305.454.7591.0
  • a-walked for Altuve in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - T. Story (26), N. Arenado (25)
  • RBI - T. Story (64), N. Arenado (85)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy, G. Hampson
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (20), Y. Gurriel (29)
  • HR - J. Altuve (19), Y. Gurriel (23)
  • SF - Y. Gurriel (6)
  • RBI - J. Altuve (46), M. Brantley (70), A. Bregman 3 (70), C. Correa (48), Y. Gurriel 8 (80)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (30), C. Correa (10), Y. Gurriel 6 (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (2), A. Diaz 5 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel; Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-3)3.07994126.871.58-15.5
J. Tinoco2.12223605.871.502.0
S. Howard2.23332207.561.80-1.0
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-3)3.0
J. Tinoco2.1
S. Howard2.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 14-5)6.032201022.870.9828.0
J. Biagini2.05110103.741.380.5
C. McHugh1.00000105.341.233.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 14-5)6.0
J. Biagini2.0
C. McHugh1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 74-39, J. Tinoco 56-35, S. Howard 46-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 4-4, S. Howard 2-4
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 20, J. Tinoco 12, S. Howard 13
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 103-69, J. Biagini 25-17, C. McHugh 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-6, J. Biagini 3-0, C. McHugh 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 21, J. Biagini 9, C. McHugh 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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COL52-62
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40100000.323.368.596.9641.0
T. Story SS31111020.282.347.562.9095.0
T. Wolters 2B10000002.276.341.358.6990.0
D. Murphy DH40000021.296.344.489.833-1.0
N. Arenado 3B21111000.306.367.544.9126.0
a- Y. Daza PH-CF20100000.125.160.125.2851.0
R. McMahon 2B-3B40000021.266.339.438.776-1.0
R. Tapia LF40100020.274.309.449.7580.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000012.189.287.325.612-0.5
C. Iannetta C31200010.221.313.414.7272.5
G. Hampson CF-SS30100021.221.278.331.6090.0
Total3338220127-----
HITTERSAB
C. Blackmon RF4
T. Story SS3
T. Wolters 2B1
D. Murphy DH4
N. Arenado 3B2
a- Y. Daza PH-CF2
R. McMahon 2B-3B4
R. Tapia LF4
Y. Alonso 1B3
C. Iannetta C3
G. Hampson CF-SS3
Total33
  • a-singled for Arenado in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Altuve 2B32111110.298.361.537.8987.5
a- G. Stubbs PH-LF01000100.160.222.200.4222.0
M. Brantley RF43210102.322.381.514.8957.0
A. Bregman 3B43230102.272.402.537.93910.0
Y. Alvarez DH41300113.348.429.7031.1314.5
C. Correa SS30110225.294.366.567.9343.0
Y. Gurriel 1B41281004.298.333.539.87215.0
A. Diaz LF-2B50000015.258.299.492.790-0.5
M. Maldonado C32000220.217.291.357.6493.0
J. Marisnick CF51100021.248.305.454.7591.0
Total3514121429922-----
  • a-walked for Altuve in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - T. Story (26), N. Arenado (25)
  • RBI - T. Story (64), N. Arenado (85)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy, G. Hampson
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (20), Y. Gurriel (29)
  • HR - J. Altuve (19), Y. Gurriel (23)
  • SF - Y. Gurriel (6)
  • RBI - J. Altuve (46), M. Brantley (70), A. Bregman 3 (70), C. Correa (48), Y. Gurriel 8 (80)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (30), C. Correa (10), Y. Gurriel 6 (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (2), A. Diaz 5 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel; Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-3)3.07994126.871.58-15.5
J. Tinoco2.12223605.871.502.0
S. Howard2.23332207.561.80-1.0
Total8.0121414992---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-3)3.0
J. Tinoco2.1
S. Howard2.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 14-5)6.032201022.870.9828.0
J. Biagini2.05110103.741.380.5
C. McHugh1.00000105.341.233.5
Total9.08330122---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 14-5)6.0
J. Biagini2.0
C. McHugh1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 74-39, J. Tinoco 56-35, S. Howard 46-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 4-4, S. Howard 2-4
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 20, J. Tinoco 12, S. Howard 13
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 103-69, J. Biagini 25-17, C. McHugh 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-6, J. Biagini 3-0, C. McHugh 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 21, J. Biagini 9, C. McHugh 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Wolters grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Iannetta scored, Hampson to third, Blackmon out at second314
  • 7TH INNING
    Correa singled to left, Bregman scored, Alvarez to second214
    Bregman doubled to left center, Maldonado and Stubbs scored213
  • 6TH INNING
    Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley scored, Alvarez to third, Correa out at second211
  • 4TH INNING
    Gurriel doubled to left center, Altuve, Brantley and Bregman scored210
    Bregman walked, Marisnick scored, Altuve to third, Brantley to second27
    Brantley singled to shallow right, Maldonado scored, Marisnick to third, Altuve to second26
    Arenado homered to left center25
  • 3RD INNING
    Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third15
  • 1ST INNING
    Gurriel homered to left center, Brantley and Alvarez scored14
    Altuve homered to left11
    Story homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Collin McHugh relieved Joe Biagini
    • Y. Daza: Strike looking, Daza flied out to right
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McMahon grounded out to second
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Biagini Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta singled to shallow center
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hampson singled to right, Iannetta to second
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon reached on an infield single to first, Iannetta to third, Hampson to second
    • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Iannetta scored, Hampson to third, Blackmon out at second
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Howard Pitching:
    • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Joe Biagini relieved Gerrit Cole
    • Yonathan Daza hit for Nolan Arenado
    • Y. Daza: Ball, Foul, Daza singled to left
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tapia singled to shallow center, Daza to second
    • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Tapia out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tony Wolters at second base
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
    • Garrett Stubbs hit for Jose Altuve
    • G. Stubbs: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stubbs walked, Maldonado to second
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first, Maldonado to third, Stubbs to second
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to left center, Maldonado and Stubbs scored
    • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez singled to shallow right center, Bregman to third
    • Ca. Correa: Correa singled to left, Bregman scored, Alvarez to second
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to second
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Tinoco Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
    • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to left
    • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Alvarez singled to right, Brantley to third
    • Ca. Correa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa walked, Alvarez to second
    • Sam Howard relieved Jesus Tinoco
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley scored, Alvarez to third, Correa out at second
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Diaz lined out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tapia lined out to shortstop
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Iannetta singled to shallow right center
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hampson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Tinoco Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • D. Murphy: Murphy popped out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado homered to left center
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, McMahon flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marisnick reached on an infield single to third, Maldonado to second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Maldonado to third, Marisnick to second
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to shallow right, Maldonado scored, Marisnick to third, Altuve to second
    • Jesus Tinoco relieved Peter Lambert
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Marisnick scored, Altuve to third, Brantley to second
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
    • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel doubled to left center, Altuve, Brantley and Bregman scored
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hampson struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to left
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to right center
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alvarez walked, Bregman to second
    • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Bregman to third, Alvarez to second
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored, Alvarez to third
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Diaz lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick grounded out to third
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Blackmon popped out to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Story homered to left center
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to right
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bregman flied out to left
    • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Alvarez singled to right, Brantley to second
    • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel homered to left center, Brantley and Alvarez scored
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)