Gattis and Cole lead Astros past Rangers 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Evan Gattis homered in a happy homecoming, aided by a favorable matchup.

The Astros slugger and Dallas native hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six solid innings as Houston topped the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Thursday night.

''I've watched a lot of games here growing up,'' said Gattis, whose parents and brothers were in attendance. ''I love this park. Sweet.''

It was Gattis' 10th homer of the season, nine coming in his last 20 starts. It was Gattis' fourth homer off Cole Hamels in 34 career at-bats.

''I know I've had some success against him,'' Gattis said of Hamels. ''I don't know why. It's been different pitches and different stuff, but maybe some guys you just kind of see better.''

Alex Bregman also homered for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had three singles after coming in with a big league-leading 85.

Cole (7-1) gave up just three singles - and none after the third inning - had eight strikeouts and walked three while throwing 102 pitches. He entered the game leading the American League in strikeouts (116) and was second in opponents' batting average (.171).

''Try to minimize damage early knowing that the guys are going to be able to back us up,'' Cole said.

Hamels (3-6) didn't allow a hit until Bregman's one-out double in the fourth. Altuve singled home Bregman to tie it at 1 and scored on Gattis' two-out homer. Bregman chased Hamels with his homer in the eighth. Hamels gave up five runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 1/3 innings, his longest start of the season. The six losses equal the most in a season during his time with Texas, which he joined midway through the 2015 season.

''Just not locating,'' Hamels said. ''If you at look everything that he's hit and when he's hit it throughout his career, a lot of balls down the middle.''

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Adrian Beltre's bloop single to center field that scored Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo had two singles and a walk to extend his 23-game on-base streak, which is the longest active run in the majors.

The game started after a 40-minute rain delay.

CONSERVATIVE WITH CORREA

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa didn't play after leaving Wednesday's game after seven innings with soreness in his right side. Correa said an MRI showed nothing abnormal.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch said the team would know more when Correa swings a bat again in the next day or so.

''Just happy the first diagnosis is that it's nothing serious, and that hopefully we'll get him back soon,'' Hinch said.

LONG NIGHT WITH MORE LONG BALLS

Hamels has allowed 17 homers this season. He went into the game tied for fifth in the league in homers allowed.

''Some of the home runs he's given up are to pretty good hitters,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''When you make mistakes, good hitters are going to make you pay. The stuff is still there.''

SHORT HOPS

Houston left fielder Tony Kemp robbed Isiah Kiner-Falefa of an extra-base hit in the sixth inning with a leaping catch. ... The Astros began a season-high 10-game road trip. ... Kiner-Falefa made his 27th start at third base. That equals the total for Beltre, who DH'ed and has been on the disabled list twice this season with a strained left hamstring. ... Beltre's single was his 3,084th career hit. He's five behind Ichiro Suzuki, who's in 21st place on baseball's career list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: C Brian McCann (right knee soreness) will be activated Friday with a corresponding roster move made.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (fractured right elbow) will begin a rehab assignment next week with either Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco.

UP NEXT

Astros: Justin Verlander (7-2, 1.24 ERA) is 1-1 with one no-decision vs. Texas this season. His ERA leads the majors.

Rangers: Doug Fister (1-6, 4.13 ERA) has split two decisions vs. Houston this season, holding it to one run in five innings on March 30 for his win.

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  • W: G. Cole (7-1)L: C. Hamels (3-6)
  • HR: HOU - E. Gattis (10), A. Bregman (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF30000110.289.361.506.8670.5
A. Bregman 3B42211001.268.379.438.8179.0
J. Altuve 2B42310001.338.384.458.8428.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.284.307.366.673-0.5
E. Gattis DH41231001.234.301.461.7629.0
M. Gonzalez SS40200001.238.307.363.6702.0
M. Stassi C30000112.257.333.476.8100.5
T. Kemp LF40000002.278.365.389.7540.0
J. Marisnick CF40000021.155.176.284.461-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo LF41200121.267.370.446.8163.0
    J. Profar SS40100003.243.313.456.7691.0
    N. Mazara RF30000122.267.341.500.8410.0
    A. Beltre DH40110012.300.357.417.7741.5
    J. Gallo CF40000034.204.291.473.765-1.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B41100012.244.323.347.6702.5
    R. Odor 2B40100001.216.267.304.5710.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000111.221.294.434.7280.5
    C. Perez C30100001.167.211.259.4701.0
    a- R. Chirinos PH10110000.203.306.405.7113.0
    • a-doubled for Perez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (19)
    • HR - A. Bregman (7), E. Gattis (10)
    • RBI - A. Bregman (29), J. Altuve (31), E. Gattis 3 (31)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 3 (11)
    BATTING
    • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa (8), R. Chirinos (8)
    • RBI - A. Beltre (15), R. Chirinos (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Altuve (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - R. Odor (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Guzman-Profar)
    • E - S. Choo (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 7-1)6.03113802.160.8425.0
    W. Harris (H, 11)0.23000104.711.43-2.5
    C. Devenski (H, 12)0.10000001.881.040.0
    B. Peacock1.00000002.521.003.0
    K. Giles1.02110105.401.300.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 7-1)6.0
    W. Harris (H, 11)0.2
    C. Devenski (H, 12)0.1
    B. Peacock1.0
    K. Giles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (L, 3-6)7.17552523.861.244.5
    J. Chavez1.22000003.581.251.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (L, 3-6)7.1
    J. Chavez1.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 102-69, W. Harris 14-10, C. Devenski 2-2, B. Peacock 10-8, K. Giles 23-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-7, B. Peacock 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski, B. Peacock 3, K. Giles 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 104-68, J. Chavez 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 5-10, J. Chavez 2-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 29, J. Chavez 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF30000110.289.361.506.8670.5
    A. Bregman 3B42211001.268.379.438.8179.0
    J. Altuve 2B42310001.338.384.458.8428.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.284.307.366.673-0.5
    E. Gattis DH41231001.234.301.461.7629.0
    M. Gonzalez SS40200001.238.307.363.6702.0
    M. Stassi C30000112.257.333.476.8100.5
    T. Kemp LF40000002.278.365.389.7540.0
    J. Marisnick CF40000021.155.176.284.461-1.0
    Total3459522512-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo LF41200121.267.370.446.8163.0
      J. Profar SS40100003.243.313.456.7691.0
      N. Mazara RF30000122.267.341.500.8410.0
      A. Beltre DH40110012.300.357.417.7741.5
      J. Gallo CF40000034.204.291.473.765-1.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa 3B41100012.244.323.347.6702.5
      R. Odor 2B40100001.216.267.304.5710.0
      R. Guzman 1B30000111.221.294.434.7280.5
      C. Perez C30100001.167.211.259.4701.0
      a- R. Chirinos PH10110000.203.306.405.7113.0
      Total34282031017-----
      • a-doubled for Perez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (19)
      • HR - A. Bregman (7), E. Gattis (10)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (29), J. Altuve (31), E. Gattis 3 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 3 (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa (8), R. Chirinos (8)
      • RBI - A. Beltre (15), R. Chirinos (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Odor (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Profar-Odor-Guzman; Guzman-Profar)
      • E - S. Choo (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 7-1)6.03113802.160.8425.0
      W. Harris (H, 11)0.23000104.711.43-2.5
      C. Devenski (H, 12)0.10000001.881.040.0
      B. Peacock1.00000002.521.003.0
      K. Giles1.02110105.401.300.5
      Total9.08223100---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 7-1)6.0
      W. Harris (H, 11)0.2
      C. Devenski (H, 12)0.1
      B. Peacock1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (L, 3-6)7.17552523.861.244.5
      J. Chavez1.22000003.581.251.0
      Total9.0955252---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (L, 3-6)7.1
      J. Chavez1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 102-69, W. Harris 14-10, C. Devenski 2-2, B. Peacock 10-8, K. Giles 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-7, B. Peacock 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, W. Harris 4, C. Devenski, B. Peacock 3, K. Giles 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 104-68, J. Chavez 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 5-10, J. Chavez 2-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 29, J. Chavez 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Chirinos doubled to left, Kiner-Falefa scored52
      • 8TH INNING
        Bregman homered to left51
      • 6TH INNING
        Gattis singled to center, Altuve scored41
      • 4TH INNING
        Gattis homered to left, Altuve scored31
        Altuve singled to left, Bregman scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Beltre singled to center, Choo scored, Profar to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Chavez Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left, Gonzalez to third on left fielder Choo fielding error
        • M. Stassi: Stassi popped out to second
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp flied out to left
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Ken Giles relieved Brad Peacock
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep right
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Odor flied out to deep right
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to second, Kiner-Falefa to third
        • Robinson Chirinos hit for Carlos Perez
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Chirinos doubled to left, Kiner-Falefa scored
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman homered to left
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Cole Hamels
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to right center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Gurriel grounded out to third, Altuve to second
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gattis lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Peacock relieved Chris Devenski
        • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to left
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Beltre flied out to right
        • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallo grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp lined out to center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • R. Guzman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • C. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to right center, Perez to second
        • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bregman lined out to left
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Altuve stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Gattis singled to center, Altuve scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beltre flied out to deep center
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Kemp fouled out to first
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick flied out to right
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bregman doubled to deep left
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve singled to left, Bregman scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to center
        • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Gattis homered to left, Altuve scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Odor popped out to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
        • C. Perez: Perez grounded into fielder's choice to third, Guzman out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stassi walked
        • T. Kemp: Kemp grounded into double play shortstop to first, Stassi out at second
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Choo singled to center
        • J. Profar: Foul, Strike looking, Profar popped out to third
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara walked, Choo to second
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Beltre struck out looking
        • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel popped out to second
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gattis lined out to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • R. Odor: Ball, Odor popped out to second
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Guzman flied out to deep center
        • C. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman fouled out to catcher
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Springer out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • J. Profar: Profar singled to right center, Choo to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltre singled to center, Choo scored, Profar to second
        • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)