Cole pitches into 6th inning, Astros hit 3 homers in 9-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole wasn't as dominant as he has been throughout the first part of the season. He didn't need to be.

Cole struck out eight in 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Cole (10-2) allowed one run and three hits with four walks after being activated from the bereavement list prior to the game.

''It was tough to keep the emotions in check at times trying to control things that are out of my control,'' Cole said. ''I'm thankful that we put up a bunch of runs, gave us some cushion, and all in all, played a good game.''

He threw six shutout innings in his last start Monday against Oakland.

''He was pretty emotional today just getting back into things and getting through the game,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Being away from this club for a couple days and then jumping right back into the competition is probably a little hard. I think you could expect looseness around the strike zone when he wasn't making his pitches. He expects to be perfect; still pretty good.''

Josh Reddick and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth to chase Detroit starter Michael Fulmer (3-9). Tyler White added a two-run shot to left in the seventh.

''I don't think we let him get ahead too often,'' Reddick said. ''We seemed to jump on his fastball when he threw strikes and it really paid off for us.''

Houston got to Fulmer early with five runs in the first three innings.

The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the first on Yuli Gurriel's sacrifice fly and Reddick's run-scoring bloop double to shallow center. George Springer had an RBI double and Alex Bregman a run-scoring single in the second to push the lead to 4-0. Marwin Gonzalez's RBI single in the third made it 5-0.

''They didn't kill our guy at all,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''They blooped some in and got some hits. That's a good team over there. They put balls in play. They jump first pitch if you make a mistake. They got a lead and they did what they're supposed to do with it.''

James McCann had an RBI double in the sixth, snapping a 19-inning scoreless streak for the Tigers. Detroit hadn't scored since the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays. The Tigers have lost six straight.

Fulmer gave up seven runs and a season-high 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Fulmer said he felt like he had some of his better stuff this season. Fulmer was frustrated with Pat Hoberg's strike zone throughout the game and voiced his displeasure with it after the game.

''The guy was God awful,'' Fulmer said of Hoberg. ''It was a bad day for him and for me. ... You can't give a team like the Astros extra strikes. It's just what it boils down to. I made my fair share of mistakes, but there's 10 calls about pitches inside the zone that he called balls. I let him know he missed 10.''

Fulmer lost his fourth straight decision and has allowed at least three runs in each of his last five outings.

GETTING THEIR RINGS

Detroit RHP Mike Fiers and LHP Francisco Liriano received their World Series championship rings before Saturday's game. Fiers pitched for the Astros from 2015-2017, while Liriano was acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline last season and appeared in five postseason games.

ASTROS ROSTER MOVE

With Cole coming off the bereavement list, the Astros optioned OF Jake Marisnick to Triple A Fresno.

HE SAID IT

''My thing is, umpires, I don't know if they don't take pride in it or what, but they don't get held accountable for the bad calls, the missed calls. For him to admit he missed 10 pitches for me alone, I'm sure it was bad for the other side as well.'' - Fulmer on the umpiring.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back stiffness) does not have a definitive timetable for when he will begin a rehab assignment, Hinch said. Correa has been on the disabled list since June 29.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Liriano (3-5, 4.74 ERA) will make his 15th start Sunday in the series finale looking to rebound after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Rays on Monday.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (9-4, 2.05) will make his 21st start of the season and the first of his career against his former team. Verlander threw six scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision Monday against the Athletics.

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  • W: G. Cole (10-2)L: M. Fulmer (3-9)
  • HR: HOU - J. Reddick (9), E. Gattis (19), T. White (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jones CF30000120.216.272.378.6502.0
N. Goodrum 2B30000120.250.320.447.7670.0
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J. Adduci 1B40000025.150.227.150.377-1.0
V. Martinez DH30000001.231.282.304.5870.0
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J. McCann C30110110.228.278.335.6133.5
J. Candelario 3B30000112.224.325.418.7430.5
J. Iglesias SS40000002.268.308.375.6830.0
V. Reyes LF30000010.228.237.293.530-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF40210000.251.334.419.7534.0
A. Bregman 3B-SS22110201.288.388.538.9266.0
J. Altuve 2B31100001.335.398.475.8732.0
T. White 1B11121000.219.375.438.8137.0
Y. Gurriel 1B-3B31110000.309.338.444.7824.0
J. Reddick RF41221001.261.335.412.7479.0
E. Gattis DH41111022.242.301.495.7955.0
M. Gonzalez SS-2B30110000.225.302.352.6532.0
T. Kemp 2B10000000.304.396.435.8300.0
K. Tucker LF31000101.154.241.192.4342.0
T. Federowicz C41100020.200.226.300.5261.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. McCann (10)
    • RBI - J. McCann (28)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Springer (18), Y. Gurriel (24), J. Reddick (10)
    • HR - T. White (2), J. Reddick (9), E. Gattis (19)
    • SF - Y. Gurriel (4)
    • RBI - G. Springer (46), A. Bregman (64), T. White 2 (3), Y. Gurriel (51), J. Reddick 2 (29), E. Gattis (63), M. Gonzalez (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (12), E. Gattis (22), M. Gonzalez (13)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Jones (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (2)
    • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Adduci)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Bregman (13)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fulmer (L, 3-9)4.210772224.501.32-11.0
    B. Hardy1.10000103.311.213.5
    B. Farmer1.01221014.791.72-1.0
    J. Jimenez1.00000102.791.123.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fulmer (L, 3-9)4.2
    B. Hardy1.1
    B. Farmer1.0
    J. Jimenez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 10-2)5.23114802.520.9818.0
    J. Smith0.10000004.261.030.0
    C. Devenski2.00000202.330.967.0
    C. Perez1.00000003.381.503.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 10-2)5.2
    J. Smith0.1
    C. Devenski2.0
    C. Perez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 88-55, B. Hardy 21-13, B. Farmer 19-12, J. Jimenez 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 4-6, B. Hardy 3-0, B. Farmer 1-2, J. Jimenez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 24, B. Hardy 4, B. Farmer 5, J. Jimenez 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 107-72, J. Smith 7-4, C. Devenski 22-19, C. Perez 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-7, C. Devenski 3-2, C. Perez 3-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith, C. Devenski 7, C. Perez 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Jones CF30000120.216.272.378.6502.0
    N. Goodrum 2B30000120.250.320.447.7670.0
    N. Castellanos RF41200012.308.363.523.8862.5
    J. Adduci 1B40000025.150.227.150.377-1.0
    V. Martinez DH30000001.231.282.304.5870.0
    a- R. Rodriguez PH-DH10000001.191.250.191.4410.0
    J. McCann C30110110.228.278.335.6133.5
    J. Candelario 3B30000112.224.325.418.7430.5
    J. Iglesias SS40000002.268.308.375.6830.0
    V. Reyes LF30000010.228.237.293.530-0.5
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    • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40210000.251.334.419.7534.0
    A. Bregman 3B-SS22110201.288.388.538.9266.0
    J. Altuve 2B31100001.335.398.475.8732.0
    T. White 1B11121000.219.375.438.8137.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B-3B31110000.309.338.444.7824.0
    J. Reddick RF41221001.261.335.412.7479.0
    E. Gattis DH41111022.242.301.495.7955.0
    M. Gonzalez SS-2B30110000.225.302.352.6532.0
    T. Kemp 2B10000000.304.396.435.8300.0
    K. Tucker LF31000101.154.241.192.4342.0
    T. Federowicz C41100020.200.226.300.5261.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McCann (10)
      • RBI - J. McCann (28)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. McCann (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Springer (18), Y. Gurriel (24), J. Reddick (10)
      • HR - T. White (2), J. Reddick (9), E. Gattis (19)
      • SF - Y. Gurriel (4)
      • RBI - G. Springer (46), A. Bregman (64), T. White 2 (3), Y. Gurriel (51), J. Reddick 2 (29), E. Gattis (63), M. Gonzalez (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Reddick 2 (12), E. Gattis (22), M. Gonzalez (13)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Jones (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - V. Reyes (2)
      • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Adduci)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Bregman (13)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer (L, 3-9)4.210772224.501.32-11.0
      B. Hardy1.10000103.311.213.5
      B. Farmer1.01221014.791.72-1.0
      J. Jimenez1.00000102.791.123.5
      Total8.01199343---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer (L, 3-9)4.2
      B. Hardy1.1
      B. Farmer1.0
      J. Jimenez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 10-2)5.23114802.520.9818.0
      J. Smith0.10000004.261.030.0
      C. Devenski2.00000202.330.967.0
      C. Perez1.00000003.381.503.0
      Total9.03114100---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 10-2)5.2
      J. Smith0.1
      C. Devenski2.0
      C. Perez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 88-55, B. Hardy 21-13, B. Farmer 19-12, J. Jimenez 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 4-6, B. Hardy 3-0, B. Farmer 1-2, J. Jimenez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 24, B. Hardy 4, B. Farmer 5, J. Jimenez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 107-72, J. Smith 7-4, C. Devenski 22-19, C. Perez 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-7, C. Devenski 3-2, C. Perez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith, C. Devenski 7, C. Perez 3
      • 7TH INNING
        White homered to left, Bregman scored19
      • 6TH INNING
        McCann doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored17
      • 5TH INNING
        Gattis homered to left07
        Reddick homered to right06
      • 3RD INNING
        Gonzalez singled to left, Gurriel scored05
      • 2ND INNING
        Bregman singled to shallow left, Federowicz scored, Springer out at home, Bregman to second04
        Springer doubled to deep left, Tucker scored, Federowicz to third03
      • 1ST INNING
        Reddick doubled to center, Altuve scored02
        Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored, Altuve to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tony Kemp at second base
        • Cionel Perez relieved Chris Devenski
        • J. McCann: McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to third
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Devenski Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos safe at first on shortstop Bregman fielding error
        • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci popped out to third
        • Ronny Rodriguez hit for Victor Martinez
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Buck Farmer
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Kemp grounded out to second
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tucker flied out to center
        • T. Federowicz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Federowicz struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Smith
        • Tyler White at first base
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias flied out to deep center
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to first
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Blaine Hardy
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
        • T. White: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, White homered to left, Bregman scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick fouled out to third
        • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gattis grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos singled to right
        • J. Adduci: Foul, Adduci flied out to deep center
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez flied out to deep center
        • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, McCann doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored
        • Joe Smith relieved Gerrit Cole
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Hardy Pitching:
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tucker grounded out to first
        • T. Federowicz: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Federowicz struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick homered to right
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis homered to left
        • Blaine Hardy relieved Michael Fulmer
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez fouled out to first
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • T. Federowicz: Ball, Ball, Federowicz flied out to deep right
        • G. Springer: Springer singled to right
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman grounded into double play third to second to first, Springer out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes lined out to left
        • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones walked
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • J. Adduci: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Adduci struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep left
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to deep left
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gattis struck out on foul tip
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to left, Gurriel scored
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tucker popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez popped out to second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias lined out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tucker walked
        • T. Federowicz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Federowicz singled to center, Tucker to third
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer doubled to deep left, Tucker scored, Federowicz to third
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to shallow left, Federowicz scored, Springer out at home, Bregman to second
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Jones flied out to deep center
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castellanos singled to left
        • J. Adduci: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fulmer Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Springer flied out to deep center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center, Bregman to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to right, Bregman scored, Altuve to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick doubled to center, Altuve scored
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Gattis struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)