Cole strikes out 9 as Astros win 4-1, sweep A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Any questions the Houston Astros had about Gerrit Cole's ability to bounce back from his first career shutout were answered when the right-hander pumped a 99.4 mph fastball past Matt Chapman for a strikeout.

And that was on Cole's final pitch of the afternoon.

Cole struck out nine to raise his major league-leading total to 86, and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

''I kind of left it all out there,'' Cole said. ''I was a little sluggish today for a bunch of different variables. Found enough command, which was what was really suffering the most, and I was able to navigate through it.''

Cole (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and three walks in six innings. His 1.43 ERA is second in the major leagues behind the 1.17 of teammate Justin Verlander.

It wasn't as crisp as Cole's previous start, when he struck out a career-high 16 and threw 114 pitches in a one-hitter Arizona. Cole pitched through the lulls and came up big when he needed to, especially before he was removed.

''He knows when the end of his outing is coming, he knows he's got runners on base and he's going to empty his tank there,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''That's why he's really good. He's got the ability to stay competitive in the mid-90s and then reach back for the high 90s. There's a single digit on your hand (for) how many guys can do that.''

Max Stassi and Derek Fisher hit consecutive home runs with two outs in the seventh off Daniel Mengden (2-4) for a 2-1 lead, and Yuli Gurriel added a two-run double against Yusmiero Petit that extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Houston has won 10 of its last 12 road games. Oakland was outscored 25-5 in the series and outhit 42-18.

''It's always good to win before the off day, let alone sweep,'' Stassi said. ''When you get a sweep, everyone seems to enjoy it a little more.''

Jose Altuve doubled twice and had three hits. George Springer, who had eight hits over a stretch of nine at-bats in the first two games, went 1 for 4.

Joe Smith and Will Harris followed Cole, and Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save and second in two days. Before Tuesday, Giles had not pitched since allowing four runs in the ninth inning of a May 1 loss to the New York Yankees.

Mengden gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He is winless in six starts against the Astros.

''One or two swings can beat you, and that's what happened,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He was cruising along nicely though, against a really good lineup.''

Jed Lowrie's RBI double put the A's ahead in the sixth.

Houston had only three runners before Stassi's third home run of the season, his first since April 19. Fisher hit his second homer in three days, sending an 0-2 pitch into the second deck in center. The drive would have gone 447 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast.

''You don't see many balls hit up in that part of the ballpark,'' Hinch said. ''He's got a ton of power and athleticism and can do some damage.''

Oakland's Stephen Piscotty singled and made a sparking defensive play with a sliding catch in foul territory during his second game back following the death of his mother from Lou Gehrig's Disease. He is expected to be placed on the bereavement list soon.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill was placed on the 10-day DL with a right elbow impingement. Cahill had a career-high 12 strikeouts in his most recent start. ... OF Dustin Fowler was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Astros: Verlander (4-1) will start Friday against Texas on regular rest and Charlie Morton is being pushed back.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (0-5) is expected to be recalled up from Triple-A Nashville to start Friday at the New York Yankees.

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  • W: G. Cole (4-1)L: D. Mengden (2-4)S: K. Giles (5)
  • HR: HOU - M. Stassi (3), D. Fisher (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer DH41100011.296.356.506.8621.5
J. Altuve 2B41300010.331.387.439.8277.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40120002.284.324.411.7343.0
A. Bregman 3B40100011.259.369.399.7680.5
M. Gonzalez SS40000012.248.333.360.693-0.5
J. Reddick RF40100010.232.341.411.7520.5
M. Stassi C41211001.273.355.509.8647.0
D. Fisher LF41111001.194.227.484.7116.0
J. Marisnick CF30000001.150.160.300.4600.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000011.263.318.378.696-0.5
    M. Joyce LF31100110.191.342.330.6721.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40110011.338.400.579.9792.5
    K. Davis DH30100100.215.294.458.7532.0
    M. Olson 1B40000013.233.317.372.689-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B40000022.222.309.422.731-1.0
    J. Lucroy C30000020.289.355.392.747-1.0
    S. Piscotty RF30100000.248.306.364.6702.0
    M. Canha CF10000111.275.326.513.8380.5
    a- D. Fowler PH-CF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-lined out for Canha in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Altuve 2 (9), Y. Gurriel (9)
    • HR - M. Stassi (3), D. Fisher (4)
    • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (13), M. Stassi (9), D. Fisher (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Stassi (2), D. Fisher (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie (9), S. Piscotty (8)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (32)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (2)
    • CS - Y. Gurriel
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Joyce (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Stassi-Gonzalez)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 4-1)6.04113901.430.7424.5
    J. Smith (H, 2)0.20000007.941.500.0
    W. Harris (H, 3)1.10000004.151.383.0
    K. Giles (S, 5)1.00000004.380.8910.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 4-1)6.0
    J. Smith (H, 2)0.2
    W. Harris (H, 3)1.1
    K. Giles (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden (L, 2-4)6.26220424.061.1510.0
    Y. Petit1.13220104.661.45-1.5
    D. Coulombe1.01000005.931.392.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Mengden (L, 2-4)6.2
    Y. Petit1.1
    D. Coulombe1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 101-64, J. Smith 7-5, W. Harris 16-11, K. Giles 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 1-7, W. Harris 2-2
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith 2, W. Harris 4, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 93-65, Y. Petit 24-13, D. Coulombe 8-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 7-9, Y. Petit 1-1, D. Coulombe 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, Y. Petit 6, D. Coulombe 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH41100011.296.356.506.8621.5
    J. Altuve 2B41300010.331.387.439.8277.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40120002.284.324.411.7343.0
    A. Bregman 3B40100011.259.369.399.7680.5
    M. Gonzalez SS40000012.248.333.360.693-0.5
    J. Reddick RF40100010.232.341.411.7520.5
    M. Stassi C41211001.273.355.509.8647.0
    D. Fisher LF41111001.194.227.484.7116.0
    J. Marisnick CF30000001.150.160.300.4600.0
    Total3541042059-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS40000011.263.318.378.696-0.5
      M. Joyce LF31100110.191.342.330.6721.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40110011.338.400.579.9792.5
      K. Davis DH30100100.215.294.458.7532.0
      M. Olson 1B40000013.233.317.372.689-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B40000022.222.309.422.731-1.0
      J. Lucroy C30000020.289.355.392.747-1.0
      S. Piscotty RF30100000.248.306.364.6702.0
      M. Canha CF10000111.275.326.513.8380.5
      a- D. Fowler PH-CF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total301410398-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS4
      M. Joyce LF3
      J. Lowrie 2B4
      K. Davis DH3
      M. Olson 1B4
      M. Chapman 3B4
      J. Lucroy C3
      S. Piscotty RF3
      M. Canha CF1
      a- D. Fowler PH-CF1
      Total30
      • a-lined out for Canha in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve 2 (9), Y. Gurriel (9)
      • HR - M. Stassi (3), D. Fisher (4)
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (13), M. Stassi (9), D. Fisher (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Stassi (2), D. Fisher (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (9), S. Piscotty (8)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (32)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (2)
      • CS - Y. Gurriel
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Joyce (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Stassi-Gonzalez)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 4-1)6.04113901.430.7424.5
      J. Smith (H, 2)0.20000007.941.500.0
      W. Harris (H, 3)1.10000004.151.383.0
      K. Giles (S, 5)1.00000004.380.8910.0
      Total9.0411390---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 4-1)6.0
      J. Smith (H, 2)0.2
      W. Harris (H, 3)1.1
      K. Giles (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (L, 2-4)6.26220424.061.1510.0
      Y. Petit1.13220104.661.45-1.5
      D. Coulombe1.01000005.931.392.0
      Total9.01044052---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (L, 2-4)6.2
      Y. Petit1.1
      D. Coulombe1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 101-64, J. Smith 7-5, W. Harris 16-11, K. Giles 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 1-7, W. Harris 2-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith 2, W. Harris 4, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 93-65, Y. Petit 24-13, D. Coulombe 8-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 7-9, Y. Petit 1-1, D. Coulombe 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, Y. Petit 6, D. Coulombe 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Gurriel doubled to left, Springer and Altuve scored41
      • 7TH INNING
        Fisher homered to center21
        Stassi homered to right center11
      • 6TH INNING
        Lowrie doubled to deep right, Joyce scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick singled to center
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi grounded into double play third to second to first, Reddick out at second
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fisher grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Will Harris
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis flied out to deep right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson lined out to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman flied out to center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Altuve singled to right, Springer to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gurriel doubled to left, Springer and Altuve scored
        • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gurriel caught stealing, catcher to third, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Harris Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Semien flied out to deep right
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce grounded out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to right
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stassi homered to right center
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Fisher homered to center
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Daniel Mengden
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Marisnick flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Smith relieved Gerrit Cole
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to center
        • Dustin Fowler hit for Mark Canha
        • Will Harris relieved Joe Smith
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler lined out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel flied out to left
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Semien fouled out to first
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Joyce singled to left center
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie doubled to deep right, Joyce scored
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Olson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Stassi singled to shallow center
        • D. Fisher: Fisher grounded out to first, Stassi to second
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick flied out to center
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Springer fouled out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to deep center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty doubled to left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep right
        • K. Davis: Davis singled to shallow left
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson flied out to deep left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marisnick popped out to first
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Altuve doubled to deep left
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Piscotty flied out to deep center
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Ball, Stassi grounded out to third
        • D. Fisher: Fisher lined out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Davis flied out to deep center
        • M. Olson: Olson grounded out to first
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve doubled to right
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman reached on an infield single to third, Altuve to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien popped out to shortstop
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)