Gonzalez, Bregman lift Astros over Indians for 2-0 ALDS lead

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have been even more brilliant in the playoffs, keeping Cleveland's powerful offense in check to give the Houston Astros a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series.

Cole struck out 12 and walked none, combining with two relievers on Houston's second straight three-hitter in a 3-1 victory Saturday.

''There's no doubt we expect to be good, but this is a team effort,'' Cole said. ''So, we expect to keep our team in the ballgame. I don't know about all the personal accolades or all the dominance or that kind of stuff, but we just want to put up a fight.''

Marwin Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double and Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day.

Next up: 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel will oppose Mike Clevinger in Game 3 of this best-of-five series on Monday in Cleveland.

Francisco Lindor hit a third-inning homer for the AL Central champion Indians, who have three runs in the two games. Cleveland is batting .100 (6 for 60) following a regular season in which the Indians ranked second in the majors with a .259 average. Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson have combined to go 1 for 22.

''This is one of the best offenses in the league,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''They can do damage. They can put long at-bats together. (Cole) used all his pitches. He was creative. What else can I say? He was awesome.''

Gonzalez put the Astros ahead in the sixth with the third of his four hits, an opposite-field double to right off usually reliable reliever Andrew Miller.

''With a one-run lead, and with Gonzalez coming up the way he had swung the bat against him prior and Andrew's history, I felt really good about it,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Didn't work out the way we obviously planned.''

Bregman homered against Trevor Bauer in the seventh, and the World Series champions moved within a win of a second straight trip to the AL Championship Series.

Cole allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, joining Tom Seaver (1973) as the only pitchers to strike out at least 12 batters without a walk in a postseason game.

Ryan Pressly got two outs, and Roberto Osuna walked one in a four-out save.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jose Altuve singled leading off the sixth but slipped as he left the batter's box and was limping after reaching first base. Hinch and a trainer came out to check on Altuve, who remained in the game.

Bregman walked and one out later, Cleveland brought in Miller, the dominating left-hander who was MVP of the 2016 AL Championship Series but has been slowed by injuries this year.

The switch-hitting Gonzalez turned around and hit right-handed. He fouled off a slider, then doubled on a fastball. Gonzalez, who hit a career-best .303 last season, has struggled this year hitting just .247.

''It was a tough season for me on the offensive side ... but I've been putting in a lot of work and it felt good today,'' Gonzalez said.

Miller had allowed just one previous inherited runner to score in the postseason, on a sacrifice fly by Boston's David Ortiz in Game 3 of the 2016 AL Division Series.

Miller walked Carlos Correa on four pitches and loaded the bases with an intentional walk.

''I wasn't good,'' Miller said. ''I wasn't effective.''

Bauer, a starter pitching in relief for the second straight day, retired Evan Gattis on a popout and struck out Martin Maldonado.

Cole retired 13 of 14 after Lindor's homer, striking out the side in the fourth. After fanning Ramirez on three pitches to end the sixth, Cole screamed and pumped both arms as he walked off the mound.

Houston leadoff hitter George Springer went 1 for 4 with a single, ending a streak of five straight postseason games with a home run - one shy of Daniel Murphy's record.

Now he and the Astros head to Cleveland hoping to set a different kind of mark by becoming the second team in franchise history to reach the championship series in consecutive seasons.

''We're going to try to finish it on Monday,'' Gonzalez said. ''That's the mentality that everybody has in the clubhouse.''

OSUNA'S STREAK

Osuna, acquired from Toronto in July, has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings in the postseason. The streak spans nine games, including six in a row against Cleveland. He's converted all three save chances in the playoffs and each of his three saves have been more than three outs.

THEY SAID IT

Francona on his team's mindset heading into Monday's elimination game: ''Show up on Monday and play for our baseball life. Nobody wants to go home. So, try to keep this thing going.''

UP NEXT

Keuchel (12-11, 3.74 ERA) is 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in eight postseason games, including seven starts. Clevinger (13-8, 3.02) will be making his first career postseason start after making six relief appearances with a 6.43 ERA.

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  • W: G. Cole (1-0)L: C. Carrasco (0-1)S: R. Osuna (1)
  • HR: CLE - F. Lindor (1), HOU - A. Bregman (2)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    J. Altuve 2B41100012.250.250.625.8751.5
    A. Bregman 3B32111110.500.6251.5002.1257.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.143.250.286.5360.0
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    M. Straw PR-LF00000000.000.000.000.0002.0
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    M. Maldonado C30000026.143.143.571.714-1.0
    • a-popped out for Reddick in the 6th
    BATTING
    • HR - F. Lindor
    • RBI - F. Lindor
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Donaldson, M. Cabrera, J. Kipnis
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez
    • HR - A. Bregman (2)
    • SH - M. Maldonado
    • RBI - A. Bregman (3), M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, C. Correa, T. White, M. Maldonado 5 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Straw
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Donaldson-Ramirez-Alonso)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (L, 0-1)5.16221303.381.312.5
    A. Miller0.01002000.000.00-3.0
    T. Bauer1.21110213.381.132.0
    B. Hand1.01001200.002.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (L, 0-1)5.1
    A. Miller0.0
    T. Bauer1.2
    B. Hand1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 1-0)7.031101211.290.4333.0
    R. Pressly (H, 2)0.20001100.000.43-0.5
    R. Osuna (S, 1)1.10001100.000.869.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 1-0)7.0
    R. Pressly (H, 2)0.2
    R. Osuna (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Miller
    • IBB - A. Miller, B. Hand
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-52, A. Miller 9-3, T. Bauer 22-17, B. Hand 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 10-2, B. Hand 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 22, A. Miller 3, T. Bauer 6, B. Hand 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 98-70, R. Pressly 15-8, R. Osuna 21-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-6, R. Pressly 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    M. Brantley LF40000010.143.250.143.393-0.5
    J. Ramirez 2B40000020.000.125.000.125-1.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30100120.143.250.143.3931.0
    J. Donaldson 3B40000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    M. Cabrera RF30100001.167.167.167.3331.0
    Y. Gomes C20000121.200.333.200.5330.0
    J. Kipnis CF30000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
    Total3013112148-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF40100001.375.375.7501.1251.0
      J. Altuve 2B41100012.250.250.625.8751.5
      A. Bregman 3B32111110.500.6251.5002.1257.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40000002.143.250.286.5360.0
      M. Gonzalez LF40420000.714.750.8571.6077.0
      M. Straw PR-LF00000000.000.000.000.0002.0
      C. Correa SS30000113.000.125.000.1250.5
      T. White DH20100211.600.750.8001.5502.5
      J. Reddick RF20100001.500.500.5001.0001.0
      a- E. Gattis PH10000003.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Marisnick CF10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
      M. Maldonado C30000026.143.143.571.714-1.0
      Total3139314721-----
      • a-popped out for Reddick in the 6th
      BATTING
      • HR - F. Lindor
      • RBI - F. Lindor
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor, J. Donaldson, M. Cabrera, J. Kipnis
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez
      • HR - A. Bregman (2)
      • SH - M. Maldonado
      • RBI - A. Bregman (3), M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, C. Correa, T. White, M. Maldonado 5 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Straw
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Donaldson-Ramirez-Alonso)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 0-1)5.16221303.381.312.5
      A. Miller0.01002000.000.00-3.0
      T. Bauer1.21110213.381.132.0
      B. Hand1.01001200.002.002.0
      Total8.0933471---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 0-1)5.1
      A. Miller0.0
      T. Bauer1.2
      B. Hand1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 1-0)7.031101211.290.4333.0
      R. Pressly (H, 2)0.20001100.000.43-0.5
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.10001100.000.869.5
      Total9.03112141---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 1-0)7.0
      R. Pressly (H, 2)0.2
      R. Osuna (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Miller
      • IBB - A. Miller, B. Hand
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 77-52, A. Miller 9-3, T. Bauer 22-17, B. Hand 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 10-2, B. Hand 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 22, A. Miller 3, T. Bauer 6, B. Hand 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 98-70, R. Pressly 15-8, R. Osuna 21-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 3-6, R. Pressly 1-0, R. Osuna 2-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman homered to center13
      • 6TH INNING
        Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Altuve and Bregman scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Lindor homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Osuna Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Gerrit Cole
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gomes walked
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Hand relieved Trevor Bauer
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right center
        • Myles Straw ran for Marwin Gonzalez
        • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Straw stole second, White intentionally walked
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Straw out at third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Springer flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman homered to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Altuve reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bregman walked, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to left
        • Andrew Miller relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • M. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep right, Altuve and Bregman scored
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez to third, Correa to second on wild pitch, White intentionally walked
        • Evan Gattis hit for Josh Reddick
        • Trevor Bauer relieved Andrew Miller
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis popped out to second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso fouled out to catcher
        • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Cabrera singled to left center
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike swinging, Foul, White singled to left
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to first, White out at second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to right
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Correa grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor homered to right center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick singled to right
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado hit sacrifice bunt to first, Reddick to second
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Reddick to third
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second, Springer out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion singled to shallow right
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Correa grounded out to third, Gonzalez to second
        • T. White: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)