Astros hit 5 homers to end skid with 12-1 win over Rockies

HOUSTON (AP) Throughout their five-game losing streak, the Houston Astros failed time and again to get a big hit when they needed it.

They didn't have that problem Wednesday night.

Evan Gattis and Tyler White hit two homers each, Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump in a huge way with a 12-1 win over the Colorado Rockies to end their skid.

''We needed to have a little fun,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Obviously, nights like this produce that and the hits produce it. Hitters love nothing more than hits and runs.''

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 and the defending World Series champions stopped a nine-game home losing streak with their first win in Houston since July 14, their last game before beginning a 10-game road trip. Houston's five home runs were a season high, and the run total was more than the Astros managed in their last four games combined.

The win, combined with Oakland's loss to Seattle, helped the Astros extend their lead in the AL West to two games, with a series against the Athletics coming up next to start a nine-game trip.

''It's nice to finish a homestand that was disappointing on a high note,'' Hinch said. ''Happy flight (Thursday) for a really important and really long road trip.''

Carlos Correa, who entered the game 1 for 15 since coming off the disabled list on Friday, added a three-run double for the Astros, who have been struggling to find their offense with AL MVP Jose Altuve on the DL for the first time in his career.

''For me at least it was a relief, coming in from the DL ... to come out with a double and three RBIs and give us the lead early, I think it was huge,'' Correa said.

The Rockies had trouble stringing hits together against Cole (11-5), who yielded five hits and one run in six innings to end a three-game losing streak and get his first win since July 14.

After managing just three hits in a 5-1 loss on Tuesday, the Astros got going immediately in this one. Alex Bregman hit a leadoff double before Tyler Anderson (6-5) walked the next two batters to load the bases. Correa followed with his double to make it 3-0.

Bregman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second before Gurriel's homer extended the lead to 6-0.

The first homer by Gattis came with two outs in the third to make it 7-0.

Cole had allowed just one single with two outs in the fourth when three straight singles, capped by one from Trevor Story, cut the lead to 7-1.

White's two-run shot pushed Houston's advantage to 9-1 and chased Anderson with one out in the fifth.

Anderson allowed a career-high nine runs on seven hits, all for extra bases, in 4 1/3 innings. He remained winless since July 4.

''When he missed in the strike zone, he missed down the middle. That's a bad combination,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''You're throwing balls and your strikes are sort of middle. That's a tough night for Tyler.''

Gattis sent one just over the short wall in right field with two outs in the fifth off Harrison Musgrave to put the Astros up 10-1.

White added a second two-run homer when he connected off Musgrave with one out in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Hinch said OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) will come off the disabled list Friday when he's eligible, barring any setbacks between now and then. ... Altuve, who has been out since July 25, took batting practice on the field for the first time since he's been out. Hinch said that was an encouraging step, but he still isn't sure when Altuve will return. ... C Brian McCann, out since June 30 with a knee injury that required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

Ks ALL DAY

Cole's 12-strikeout performance was the franchise-record 25th game this season in which a Houston pitcher struck out at least 10 batters. The previous record was 24 set in 1968, and the 25 double-digit strikeout games tie several teams for the second-most in AL history. The 1973 Angels hold the record with 32. Cole has 219 strikeouts this season, tied with Boston ace Chris Sale for most in the AL - and the most by an Astros pitcher since Nolan Ryan fanned 228 in 1988.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (9-7, 4.81 ERA) will start against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Gray is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his career against Atlanta.

Astros: Off on Thursday before Charlie Morton (12-3, 2.88) starts the opener of a three-game series at Oakland. Morton took his first defeat since July 1 in his last start when he allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to Seattle.

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  • W: G. Cole (11-5)L: T. Anderson (6-5)
  • HR: HOU - E. Gattis 2 (23), T. White 2 (7), Y. Gurriel (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Hampson CF10000000.286.400.429.8290.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.273.320.417.7370.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100021.289.343.494.8371.0
T. Wolters LF10000000.157.278.261.5400.0
N. Arenado DH30200111.308.393.588.9812.5
T. Story SS30110011.291.347.551.8973.5
P. Valaika SS10000011.150.213.239.452-0.5
D. Dahl LF-RF30000032.265.315.462.776-1.5
I. Desmond 1B30000020.232.303.432.735-1.0
R. McMahon 3B30000030.230.318.393.711-1.5
C. Iannetta C30000000.219.322.373.6950.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Bregman 3B41110000.278.381.512.8934.0
    M. Gonzalez LF31000111.241.323.384.7071.5
    D. Fisher CF10000010.165.209.392.602-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 2B33221100.284.315.407.72212.0
    C. Correa SS31130111.258.345.460.8056.5
    T. White 1B42242011.286.389.6231.01213.5
    J. Reddick RF30000001.248.318.409.7260.0
    K. Tucker RF10100000.157.259.216.4741.0
    E. Gattis DH42322001.240.297.491.78913.0
    M. Stassi C31000112.240.326.422.7481.5
    T. Kemp CF-LF41100020.281.368.416.7832.0
      BATTING
      • RBI - T. Story (83)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (45)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, P. Valaika, D. Dahl 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (38), Y. Gurriel (26), C. Correa (17), T. Kemp (12)
      • HR - Y. Gurriel (7), T. White 2 (7), E. Gattis 2 (23)
      • SF - A. Bregman (3)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (74), Y. Gurriel 2 (58), C. Correa 3 (53), T. White 4 (15), E. Gattis 2 (70)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (19), E. Gattis 2 (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Gattis
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Story (16)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Valaika-LeMahieu-Desmond)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Correa-Gurriel-White)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Anderson (L, 6-5)4.17993434.391.23-10.0
      H. Musgrave2.04331125.081.31-1.5
      C. Rusin1.20000206.531.504.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Anderson (L, 6-5)4.1
      H. Musgrave2.0
      C. Rusin1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 11-5)6.051101202.710.9828.0
      R. Pressly1.00000303.331.264.5
      W. Harris1.00000104.471.243.5
      C. Perez1.00001103.861.292.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 11-5)6.0
      R. Pressly1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      C. Perez1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 83-52, H. Musgrave 41-24, C. Rusin 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 4-5, H. Musgrave 3-2, C. Rusin 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 23, H. Musgrave 11, C. Rusin 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 86-64, R. Pressly 14-11, W. Harris 14-8, C. Perez 22-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-2, W. Harris 1-1, C. Perez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3, C. Perez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF30000030.273.342.471.813-1.5
      G. Hampson CF10000000.286.400.429.8290.0
      D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.273.320.417.7370.5
      C. Gonzalez RF31100021.289.343.494.8371.0
      T. Wolters LF10000000.157.278.261.5400.0
      N. Arenado DH30200111.308.393.588.9812.5
      T. Story SS30110011.291.347.551.8973.5
      P. Valaika SS10000011.150.213.239.452-0.5
      D. Dahl LF-RF30000032.265.315.462.776-1.5
      I. Desmond 1B30000020.232.303.432.735-1.0
      R. McMahon 3B30000030.230.318.393.711-1.5
      C. Iannetta C30000000.219.322.373.6950.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Bregman 3B41110000.278.381.512.8934.0
        M. Gonzalez LF31000111.241.323.384.7071.5
        D. Fisher CF10000010.165.209.392.602-0.5
        Y. Gurriel 2B33221100.284.315.407.72212.0
        C. Correa SS31130111.258.345.460.8056.5
        T. White 1B42242011.286.389.6231.01213.5
        J. Reddick RF30000001.248.318.409.7260.0
        K. Tucker RF10100000.157.259.216.4741.0
        E. Gattis DH42322001.240.297.491.78913.0
        M. Stassi C31000112.240.326.422.7481.5
        T. Kemp CF-LF41100020.281.368.416.7832.0
        Total331211125477-----
          BATTING
          • RBI - T. Story (83)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (45)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, P. Valaika, D. Dahl 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (38), Y. Gurriel (26), C. Correa (17), T. Kemp (12)
          • HR - Y. Gurriel (7), T. White 2 (7), E. Gattis 2 (23)
          • SF - A. Bregman (3)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (74), Y. Gurriel 2 (58), C. Correa 3 (53), T. White 4 (15), E. Gattis 2 (70)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (19), E. Gattis 2 (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Gattis
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Story (16)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Valaika-LeMahieu-Desmond)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Correa-Gurriel-White)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Anderson (L, 6-5)4.17993434.391.23-10.0
          H. Musgrave2.04331125.081.31-1.5
          C. Rusin1.20000206.531.504.0
          Total8.0111212475---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Anderson (L, 6-5)4.1
          H. Musgrave2.0
          C. Rusin1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Cole (W, 11-5)6.051101202.710.9828.0
          R. Pressly1.00000303.331.264.5
          W. Harris1.00000104.471.243.5
          C. Perez1.00001103.861.292.5
          Total9.05111170---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Cole (W, 11-5)6.0
          R. Pressly1.0
          W. Harris1.0
          C. Perez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Anderson 83-52, H. Musgrave 41-24, C. Rusin 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Anderson 4-5, H. Musgrave 3-2, C. Rusin 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Anderson 23, H. Musgrave 11, C. Rusin 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 86-64, R. Pressly 14-11, W. Harris 14-8, C. Perez 22-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-2, W. Harris 1-1, C. Perez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, R. Pressly 3, W. Harris 3, C. Perez 4
          • 7TH INNING
            White homered to left, Correa scored112
          • 5TH INNING
            Gattis homered to right110
            White homered to left center, Gurriel scored19
          • 4TH INNING
            Story singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Arenado to third17
          • 3RD INNING
            Gattis homered to left07
          • 2ND INNING
            Gurriel homered to left center, Kemp scored06
            Bregman hit sacrifice fly to center, Stassi scored, Kemp to third04
          • 1ST INNING
            Correa doubled to shallow left, Bregman, Gonzalez and Gurriel scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • David Dahl in right field
            • Cionel Perez relieved Will Harris
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado walked
            • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Valaika struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Ryan Pressly
            • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
            • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta grounded out to third
            • G. Hampson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hampson flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rusin Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to second
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Derek Fisher in center field
            • Kyle Tucker in right field
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Gerrit Cole
            • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
            • D. Dahl: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
            • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tony Wolters in left field
            • Pat Valaika at shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep left
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, White homered to left, Correa scored
            • K. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Tucker reached on an infield single to first
            • E. Gattis: Gattis singled to left, Tucker to second
            • Chris Rusin relieved Harrison Musgrave
            • M. Stassi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Stassi grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gattis out at second
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu singled to shallow right
            • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Arenado struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Garrett Hampson in center field
            • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman lined out to left
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • I. Desmond: Desmond flied out to deep right
            • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
            • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Iannetta grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Anderson Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel doubled to deep right
            • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop, Gurriel to third
            • T. White: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, White homered to left center, Gurriel scored
            • Harrison Musgrave relieved Tyler Anderson
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
            • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis homered to right
            • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to third
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to third
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado singled to right center, Gonzalez to third
            • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Story singled to center, Gonzalez scored, Arenado to third
            • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story stole second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Anderson Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp fouled out to catcher
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to right
            • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez lined out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
            • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
            • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Anderson Pitching:
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Gattis homered to left
            • M. Stassi: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado singled to left center
            • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Arenado out at second
            • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Anderson Pitching:
            • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi walked
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kemp doubled to deep right, Stassi to third
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman hit sacrifice fly to center, Stassi scored, Kemp to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel homered to left center, Kemp scored
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Cole Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
            • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Anderson Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to deep center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked, Bregman to third, Gonzalez to second
            • C. Correa: Correa doubled to shallow left, Bregman, Gonzalez and Gurriel scored
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, White grounded out to second, Correa to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick flied out to left
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Foul, Gattis grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)