Cole strikes out 14, Astros beat Rangers 3-2

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole was dominant - again.

Cole struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Derek Fisher scored the go-ahead run on Drew Robinson's error in the eighth, sending the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

''That was an incredible performance obviously,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''A shame that he didn't get the win in that game based on how he pitched.''

Cole allowed two runs and three hits. The ace right-hander has 36 strikeouts in 21 innings in his first three starts with Houston after he was acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh.

''I just kind of moved the fastball around a little bit, stayed aggressive and pound the zone as much as I could,'' Cole said.

But Cole Hamels kept Texas in the game with six effective innings, limiting Houston to two more homers by George Springer.

Fisher came in to run for Evan Gattis after he walked with one out. Marwin Gonzalez followed with a single to center off Kevin Jepsen (0-2), and Fisher scored all the way from first after Robinson misplayed the ball.

''They will combat the stolen base a ton, but that's not the only reason he's put in the game,'' Hinch said of Fisher. ''An example like that where he can go first to home and the ball doesn't even get to the wall.''

Texas manager Jeff Banister said it looked as if Robinson was trying to make an aggressive play to keep Fisher from scoring.

''Got underneath it a little bit, I don't know if it was a bad hop, I'd have to go back and look at it,'' Banister said. ''Drew was putting a good effort on it. It got by him, run scored and I felt like we did a good job after that limiting it to one run.''

Joe Smith (1-0) got the final out of the eighth for the win and Chris Devenski finished for his first save.

Texas put two runners on with one out in the ninth, but Devenski struck out Robinson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to end the game.

Before Fisher's dash around the bases, four solo homers accounted for the scoring.

Springer put Houston in front with his second leadoff homer of the season off Hamels, joining the one he got on opening day.

''Just be aggressive,'' Springer said. ''He's a guy who he can settle in, go in, out, up, down with all four. That's just an at-bat where I'm just trying to get something to hit and hit it.''

He led off the fifth with another drive. He has three homers this season - all coming against Hamels.

''I definitely have to at least make that first pitch, at least try to wait until at least a few innings into the game,'' Hamels said. ''I think that's kind of been the habit where I really haven't been able to give our team any sort of momentum because they're scoring first off us, off me. That kind of makes it tough.''

Texas responded with two homers in the seventh. Joey Gallo hit a drive to deep center with one out, and Robinson Chirinos connected with two down.

TRAINING ROOM

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right elbow after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. Andrus won't require surgery but will miss six to eight weeks. 1B Ronald Guzman was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to take Andrus' spot on the roster. ... RHP Tim Lincecum (right middle finger) threw a bullpen session and will throw another bullpen on Sunday.

Astros: INF Yuli Gurriel (left hand) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. Gurriel was suspended for the first five games of the season and missed the last eight games while on the DL. He went 1 for 4. ... LHP Tony Sipp (right oblique) played catch and could throw a bullpen this weekend, Hinch said.

MORE RINGS

Houston right-hander James Hoyt and Gurriel received their World Series championship rings in a pregame ceremony. Rangers catcher Juan Centeno, who appeared in 22 games for the Astros last season and was on the active roster for the postseason, also received a ring prior to the game.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1) is scheduled to make his first road start for Texas on Saturday. Minor has allowed opponents to bat 5 for 35 against him with 12 strikeouts in his first two starts.

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (2-0) has allowed one unearned run in his first two starts. He has won six straight at home including the postseason.

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  • W: J. Smith (1-0)L: K. Jepsen (0-2)S: C. Devenski (1)
  • HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (1), J. Gallo (4), HOU - G. Springer 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo DH40000021.246.317.456.774-1.0
J. Profar SS40100020.179.343.214.5570.0
N. Mazara RF40100020.302.351.377.7280.0
A. Beltre 3B40000002.283.345.377.7220.0
J. Gallo LF41111030.197.234.426.6614.5
R. Guzman 1B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
R. Rua PR00000000.150.186.250.4360.0
R. Chirinos C21111010.146.250.268.5187.5
D. Robinson CF40000044.184.279.289.569-2.0
I. Kiner-Falefa 2B40100024.200.200.200.4000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF42222000.196.292.411.70312.0
    A. Bregman 3B40000000.226.349.340.6892.0
    J. Altuve 2B30100110.352.400.389.7891.5
    C. Correa SS40000023.289.314.511.825-1.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
    E. Gattis DH30000121.220.319.317.6360.0
    D. Fisher PR-DH01000000.154.207.308.5151.0
    M. Gonzalez LF30200101.209.340.349.6883.0
    B. McCann C30200011.345.441.345.7861.5
    a- M. Stassi PH-C10000001.350.435.6001.0350.0
    J. Marisnick CF40000025.167.167.333.500-1.0
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for McCann in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Gallo (4), R. Chirinos
    • RBI - J. Gallo (11), R. Chirinos (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos
    BATTING
    • HR - G. Springer 2 (3)
    • RBI - G. Springer 2 (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Bregman
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Profar, D. Robinson (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels6.06222724.501.5514.5
    C. Martin1.01000102.571.142.5
    K. Jepsen (L, 0-2)0.11101002.251.13-7.0
    J. Diekman0.20000106.752.250.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels6.0
    C. Martin1.0
    K. Jepsen (L, 0-2)0.1
    J. Diekman0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole7.032211421.290.6725.0
    W. Harris0.22000001.421.11-2.0
    J. Smith (W, 1-0)0.10000006.231.857.0
    C. Devenski (S, 1)1.01000301.290.7110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole7.0
    W. Harris0.2
    J. Smith (W, 1-0)0.1
    C. Devenski (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Martin
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 106-68, C. Martin 14-8, K. Jepsen 13-6, J. Diekman 8-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-6, C. Martin 2-0, K. Jepsen 1-0, J. Diekman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, C. Martin 4, K. Jepsen 3, J. Diekman 2
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Cole (2)
    • HBP - G. Cole, C. Devenski
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 93-67, W. Harris 10-7, J. Smith 8-6, C. Devenski 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-5, J. Smith 1-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 4, J. Smith, C. Devenski 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH40000021.246.317.456.774-1.0
    J. Profar SS40100020.179.343.214.5570.0
    N. Mazara RF40100020.302.351.377.7280.0
    A. Beltre 3B40000002.283.345.377.7220.0
    J. Gallo LF41111030.197.234.426.6614.5
    R. Guzman 1B30100110.333.500.333.8331.5
    R. Rua PR00000000.150.186.250.4360.0
    R. Chirinos C21111010.146.250.268.5187.5
    D. Robinson CF40000044.184.279.289.569-2.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B40100024.200.200.200.4000.0
    Total33262211711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF42222000.196.292.411.70312.0
      A. Bregman 3B40000000.226.349.340.6892.0
      J. Altuve 2B30100110.352.400.389.7891.5
      C. Correa SS40000023.289.314.511.825-1.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
      E. Gattis DH30000121.220.319.317.6360.0
      D. Fisher PR-DH01000000.154.207.308.5151.0
      M. Gonzalez LF30200101.209.340.349.6883.0
      B. McCann C30200011.345.441.345.7861.5
      a- M. Stassi PH-C10000001.350.435.6001.0350.0
      J. Marisnick CF40000025.167.167.333.500-1.0
      Total3338223912-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for McCann in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Gallo (4), R. Chirinos
      • RBI - J. Gallo (11), R. Chirinos (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Springer 2 (3)
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Bregman
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Profar, D. Robinson (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels6.06222724.501.5514.5
      C. Martin1.01000102.571.142.5
      K. Jepsen (L, 0-2)0.11101002.251.13-7.0
      J. Diekman0.20000106.752.250.5
      Total8.0832392---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels6.0
      C. Martin1.0
      K. Jepsen (L, 0-2)0.1
      J. Diekman0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole7.032211421.290.6725.0
      W. Harris0.22000001.421.11-2.0
      J. Smith (W, 1-0)0.10000006.231.857.0
      C. Devenski (S, 1)1.01000301.290.7110.5
      Total9.06221172---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole7.0
      W. Harris0.2
      J. Smith (W, 1-0)0.1
      C. Devenski (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Martin
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 106-68, C. Martin 14-8, K. Jepsen 13-6, J. Diekman 8-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 6-6, C. Martin 2-0, K. Jepsen 1-0, J. Diekman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 27, C. Martin 4, K. Jepsen 3, J. Diekman 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Cole (2)
      • HBP - G. Cole, C. Devenski
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 93-67, W. Harris 10-7, J. Smith 8-6, C. Devenski 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-5, J. Smith 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 4, J. Smith, C. Devenski 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Gonzalez singled to center, Fisher scored, Gonzalez to third on center fielder Robinson fielding error23
      • 7TH INNING
        Chirinos homered to left22
        Gallo homered to center12
      • 5TH INNING
        Springer homered to right center02
      • 1ST INNING
        Springer homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Smith
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Guzman singled to right
        • Ryan Rua ran for Ronald Guzman
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch, Rua to second
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa lined out to right
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo flied out to left
        • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Profar singled to center
        • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Mazara reached on an infield single to second, Profar to second
        • Joe Smith relieved Will Harris
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin Jepsen relieved Chris Martin
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • Derek Fisher ran for Evan Gattis
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to center, Fisher scored, Gonzalez to third on center fielder Robinson fielding error
        • Jake Diekman relieved Kevin Jepsen
        • Max Stassi hit for Brian McCann
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Stassi reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at home, Stassi to second
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Beltre lined out to center
        • J. Gallo: Gallo homered to center
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos homered to left
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Martin relieved Cole Hamels
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve singled to center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Altuve to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Ball, Profar popped out to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • E. Gattis: Gattis grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, McCann singled to center, Gonzalez to third
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Marisnick flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Gallo struck out on foul tip
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Guzman walked
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch, Guzman to second
        • D. Robinson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Guzman to third, Chirinos to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Robinson struck out looking
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer homered to right center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman popped out to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mazara fouled out to catcher
        • A. Beltre: Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • B. McCann: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, McCann singled to left center, Gonzalez to second
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
        • D. Robinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick grounded out to first
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Bregman safe at first on shortstop Profar fielding error, Bregman to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Bregman stole third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Correa lined out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • R. Guzman: Guzman flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to left center
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gattis struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop, Gurriel to second
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Choo flied out to left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mazara struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Springer homered to right
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman flied out to right
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Correa lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)