Cole strikes out 11, Diaz homers, Astros win 3-2 at Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) Aledmys Diaz has to take his opportunities when he can with the Houston Astros.

Diaz responded to his first start at designated hitter this season Sunday by hitting a home run in the seventh inning that made the difference in Houston's 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, the ninth straight win for the Astros.

Diaz was traded from the Blue Jays this winter. With stars nearly everywhere in the lineup, Diaz has served as Houston's utility infielder, filling in at first, second and shortstop already. He's been in the starting lineup three times in April, going 5 for 12 with two homers in those games.

''He's not getting to play a lot. He played almost every day last season, so the attitude has been great,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''He's willing to do anything. Guys are rooting for him in there.''

Gerrit Cole had a strong start for Houston, striking out 11 in six innings. Cole (1-2) gave up two runs on four hits, including a leadoff home run to Mitch Haniger, and did not walk a batter. Cole has pitched at least six innings in each of his four starts.

Haniger's homer, his fifth, extended the Mariners' major league record streak to 18 games with a home run to start the season. Haniger also doubled and scored both Seattle runs.

Cole and the Astros bullpen shut down the Mariners, who entered leading the majors with 7.29 runs a game. After Domingo Santana hit a run-scoring double in the third for Seattle's second run, no other Mariners hitters reached base, with Houston retiring the last 19 Seattle batters.

Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna each pitched a perfect inning in relief for Houston, with Osuna working the ninth for his seventh save.

''Our whole bullpen is really good,'' Cole said. ''They're not afraid to pitch in leverage or clean up your mess. As starters, we just try to minimize their workload as best we can.''

There were some close calls for Osuna. Haniger appeared to start the ninth inning with an infield single, but was ruled out on replay. Santana had fans on their feet with a long drive down the right field line that went foul before striking out, and Daniel Vogelbach worked a full count before striking out looking to end the game.

''It's a game of inches. I thought Domingo's ball had a chance there in the ninth to sneak around the foul pole. Just didn't happen,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''We just went up against really good pitching this weekend.''

Mariners starter Marco Gonzalez was trying for his fifth straight win to open the season, and looked on track early. Gonzalez allowed just one hit over the first five innings as Seattle opened a 2-0 lead.

The Astros took over in the sixth. Singles by Tony Kemp, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman loaded the bases. Michael Brantley then drove in two runs with another single, trying the game and ending Gonzalez's day.

Brandon Brennan struck out the next two batters to end the inning. In the seventh, Diaz led off with his second homer, the first run Brennan (1-1) allowed after starting the season with 11 1/3 scoreless innings.

IN CONTROL

This was the 10th time Cole has struck out at least 11 batters in his career. In six of those 10 games, Cole has also not allowed a walk.

TRAINERS ROOM

Mariners: Placed starting LHP Wade LeBlanc on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 right oblique strain. LeBlanc is expected to be out four to six weeks. Seattle recalled RHP Erik Swanson from Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. Swanson is expected to take LeBlanc's upcoming spot in the rotation on Wednesday against Cleveland.

ON THE MOVE

The Mariners traded C David Freitas to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league RHP Sal Biasi.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Colin McHugh (2-1, 2.65 ERA) makes his fourth start at Oakland on Tuesday. McHugh has one win against the Athletics this season, after his pitched six one-run innings on April 5.

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.15) is looking for his first major league decision in his fifth start as Seattle starts a three-game home series against Cleveland.

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  • W: G. Cole (1-2)L: B. Brennan (1-1)S: R. Osuna (7)
  • HR: HOU - A. Diaz (2), SEA - M. Haniger (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF40000012.266.333.484.818-0.5
J. Altuve 2B41100011.328.371.6881.0591.5
A. Bregman 3B30100110.313.414.438.8511.5
M. Brantley LF40220001.295.348.443.7916.0
C. Correa SS30100112.313.400.542.9422.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40000015.281.323.491.814-0.5
A. Diaz DH41111003.227.261.500.7616.0
M. Stassi C40000021.056.105.056.161-1.0
T. Kemp CF21100100.208.345.333.6783.0
J. Marisnick CF00000000.346.414.538.9520.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger CF42211010.289.333.618.9528.5
    D. Santana LF40110020.333.405.547.9512.0
    D. Vogelbach DH40000041.378.478.9731.451-2.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B30000010.283.409.509.919-0.5
    J. Bruce RF30000010.169.265.559.824-0.5
    T. Beckham SS30100020.339.409.6441.053-1.0
    O. Narvaez C30000011.259.286.389.675-0.5
    D. Gordon 2B30000000.323.333.419.7530.0
    D. Moore 3B20000020.174.296.304.601-1.0
    a- M. Smith PH10000010.232.313.357.670-0.5
    R. Healy 3B00000000.250.284.515.7980.0
    • a-struck out for Moore in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Correa (5)
    • HR - A. Diaz (2)
    • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (11), A. Diaz (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (7), M. Stassi (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger (8), D. Santana (4)
    • HR - M. Haniger (5)
    • RBI - M. Haniger (15), D. Santana (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Brantley (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Beckham (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 1-2)6.042201113.240.9227.5
    H. Rondon (H, 3)1.00000101.350.903.5
    R. Pressly (H, 4)1.00000100.000.393.5
    R. Osuna (S, 7)1.00000201.080.2411.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 1-2)6.0
    H. Rondon (H, 3)1.0
    R. Pressly (H, 4)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales5.15222303.191.237.5
    B. Brennan (L, 1-1)1.21110210.730.65-3.0
    C. Gearrin1.00001106.141.502.5
    A. Swarzak1.01000100.000.692.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales5.1
    B. Brennan (L, 1-1)1.2
    C. Gearrin1.0
    A. Swarzak1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 101-64, H. Rondon 15-9, R. Pressly 11-8, R. Osuna 17-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-6, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 21, H. Rondon 3, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 73-47, B. Brennan 18-14, C. Gearrin 11-5, A. Swarzak 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 5-5, B. Brennan 1-1, C. Gearrin 1-0, A. Swarzak 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 22, B. Brennan 6, C. Gearrin 3, A. Swarzak 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF40000012.266.333.484.818-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B41100011.328.371.6881.0591.5
    A. Bregman 3B30100110.313.414.438.8511.5
    M. Brantley LF40220001.295.348.443.7916.0
    C. Correa SS30100112.313.400.542.9422.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000015.281.323.491.814-0.5
    A. Diaz DH41111003.227.261.500.7616.0
    M. Stassi C40000021.056.105.056.161-1.0
    T. Kemp CF21100100.208.345.333.6783.0
    J. Marisnick CF00000000.346.414.538.9520.0
    Total3237313715-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Haniger CF42211010.289.333.618.9528.5
      D. Santana LF40110020.333.405.547.9512.0
      D. Vogelbach DH40000041.378.478.9731.451-2.0
      E. Encarnacion 1B30000010.283.409.509.919-0.5
      J. Bruce RF30000010.169.265.559.824-0.5
      T. Beckham SS30100020.339.409.6441.053-1.0
      O. Narvaez C30000011.259.286.389.675-0.5
      D. Gordon 2B30000000.323.333.419.7530.0
      D. Moore 3B20000020.174.296.304.601-1.0
      a- M. Smith PH10000010.232.313.357.670-0.5
      R. Healy 3B00000000.250.284.515.7980.0
      Total3024210152-----
      • a-struck out for Moore in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (5)
      • HR - A. Diaz (2)
      • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (11), A. Diaz (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Gurriel 2 (7), M. Stassi (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (8), D. Santana (4)
      • HR - M. Haniger (5)
      • RBI - M. Haniger (15), D. Santana (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Santana (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Vogelbach (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Beckham (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 1-2)6.042201113.240.9227.5
      H. Rondon (H, 3)1.00000101.350.903.5
      R. Pressly (H, 4)1.00000100.000.393.5
      R. Osuna (S, 7)1.00000201.080.2411.0
      Total9.04220151---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 1-2)6.0
      H. Rondon (H, 3)1.0
      R. Pressly (H, 4)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales5.15222303.191.237.5
      B. Brennan (L, 1-1)1.21110210.730.65-3.0
      C. Gearrin1.00001106.141.502.5
      A. Swarzak1.01000100.000.692.5
      Total9.0733371---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales5.1
      B. Brennan (L, 1-1)1.2
      C. Gearrin1.0
      A. Swarzak1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 101-64, H. Rondon 15-9, R. Pressly 11-8, R. Osuna 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 2-6, H. Rondon 1-0, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 21, H. Rondon 3, R. Pressly 3, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 73-47, B. Brennan 18-14, C. Gearrin 11-5, A. Swarzak 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 5-5, B. Brennan 1-1, C. Gearrin 1-0, A. Swarzak 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 22, B. Brennan 6, C. Gearrin 3, A. Swarzak 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Diaz homered to left32
      • 6TH INNING
        Brantley singled to right, Kemp and Altuve scored, Bregman to third22
      • 3RD INNING
        Santana doubled to left, Haniger scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Haniger homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Anthony Swarzak relieved Cory Gearrin
        • Ryon Healy at third base
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa doubled to deep right center
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel lined out to second
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to third
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Brandon Brennan
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Bregman out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Hector Rondon
        • O. Narvaez: Narvaez flied out to deep center
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
        • Mallex Smith hit for Dylan Moore
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Brennan Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Diaz homered to left
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Ball, Stassi flied out to deep right
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kemp lined out to left
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Rondon relieved Gerrit Cole
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bruce: Bruce popped out to shortstop
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp singled to center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve singled to left, Kemp to second
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman singled to right, Kemp to third, Altuve to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley singled to right, Kemp and Altuve scored, Bregman to third
        • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first
        • Correa struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Brantley stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Ball, Santana fouled out to first
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to deep right
        • M. Stassi: Stassi grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
        • D. Moore: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moore struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman popped out to third
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley popped out to shortstop
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bruce flied out to left
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp walked
        • G. Springer: Springer flied out to center
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon flied out to shallow center
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moore struck out looking
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger doubled to left
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana doubled to left, Haniger scored
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley singled to left center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Brantley to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to right, Brantley to third
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to second, Correa out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Beckham singled to center
        • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Beckham caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Foul, Haniger homered to left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)