Cole strikes out 12, Bregman HR lifts Astros over Tigers 6-3

HOUSTON (AP) A day after failing to back a gem by ace Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros were determined to convert on another from Gerrit Cole.

Cole struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, Bregman homered and the Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday night. After the Tigers stunned Houston in a 2-1 win Wednesday despite Verlander's complete-game two-hitter, the Astros gave Cole more than enough run support.

Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning double, and Bregman followed with a lined shot to the first row of the left field Crawford Boxes for his 31st homer.

''He set the tone,'' Bregman said of Cole. ''He came out dominant and was striking a lot of guys out so we knew we had to get him some runs, especially based on the fact that Verlander did the same thing yesterday, and we didn't give him any run support.''

Cole (15-5) pitched two-hit ball and allowed one walk over 94 pitches. He's 11-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his past 15 starts and has 238 strikeouts this season, one shy of teammate and league leader Verlander.

Cole returned for his first start since Aug. 7 after dealing with right hamstring discomfort. He showed no signs of rust, retiring 16 of his final 17 batters.

''There was no governor on him, he was letting it go and pitching very effectively,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''I was very impressed with how he approached the game from the very beginning. He was going to set a great tone for us after a tough loss. Comes out and punches out a bunch of guys and commands the game.''

Brantley finished with three hits, including a two-run single in the seventh. He leads the majors with a .338 batting average.

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (1-9) allowed three hits and two runs while striking out four in five innings.

Houston went up 3-0 in the sixth on Yordan Alvarez's RBI-double. Yuli Gurriel also added an RBI single in the seventh to put the Astros up 6-0.

In the ninth, John Hicks hit a two-run homer - much less dramatic than his go-ahead solo shot off Verlander the night before - and Niko Goodrum added a solo homer off reliever Joe Biagini.

Representing the tying run, Dawel Lugo's deep shot to right field was caught by Josh Reddick at the wall for the final out. Roberto Osuna earned his 30th save of the season.

''I thought it was a homer,'' Lugo said. ''I was waiting for that pitch. I was waiting on the fastball. He threw the fastball, I hit the fastball, but unfortunately, it wasn't gone.''

The Tigers suffered their fifth loss in six games.

''We put some swings out there. Hicks steps up and bangs one,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''There's some good at-bats right there at the end. We got their closer in. Unfortunately, Lugo just didn't get enough of it. He put it to the wall, almost out of the ballpark, which would have been really entertaining.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (concussion) was activated from the seven-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo. ... INF Jeimer Candelario (left thumb sprain) and C Grayson Greiner (lower back strain) continued rehab assignments with Triple-A Toledo, both starting Thursday with Candelario homering.

Astros: All-Star reliever Ryan Pressly was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Wednesday, for right knee arthroscopic surgery and is expected to be out 4 to 6 weeks, the Astros said. ... SS Carlos Correa said he was optimistic after an MRI showed no structural damage to his back. Correa was placed on the IL on Wednesday after leaving Monday night's game with back discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

The Astros recalled RHP Joe Biagini from Triple-A Round Rock and selected INF Abraham Toro to the MLB roster, taking the spots of Pressly and INF Jack Mayfield, who was optioned to Triple-A. To make room for Toro on the 40-man roster, the Astros designated RHP Brady Rodgers for assignment. Rodgers, 28, was a third-round pick in 2012 and had a 16.20 ERA in five innings of relief this season.

The Tigers said after the game they sent LHP Tyler Alexander down to Triple-A Toledo and will activate LHP Matthew Boyd on Friday from the paternity list.

HE SAID IT

''(Michael Brantley is) an unbelievable hitter, he uses the whole field, and it's fun to hit behind him. But honestly, the best hitter on our team is Greinke,'' said Bregman before nodding to Astros starter Zack Greinke at his locker nearby.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Drew VerHagen (3-2, 6.67 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season Friday in Detroit's series opener at Minnesota.

Astros: Greinke (13-4, 2.84) will face the Angels in Friday's series opener, looking to improve to 4-0 in his fourth start with Houston.

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  • W: G. Cole (15-5)L: J. Zimmermann (1-9)S: R. Osuna (30)
  • HR: DET - J. Hicks (10), N. Goodrum (12), HOU - A. Bregman (31)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF40100030.273.319.394.713-0.5
H. Castro CF41100031.279.295.379.6740.5
M. Cabrera DH30000001.278.339.387.7270.0
a- J. Hicks PH-DH11121000.205.238.362.6007.0
N. Goodrum SS41111020.249.321.422.7435.0
B. Dixon 1B40000010.253.293.453.745-0.5
T. Demeritte RF20000200.268.346.451.7964.0
R. Rodriguez 2B30100100.224.255.453.7082.0
D. Lugo 3B40000024.201.233.275.508-1.0
J. Rogers C30000030.133.246.333.580-1.5
  • a-homered for Cabrera in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF31100121.295.380.569.9493.0
a- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000010.241.297.439.736-0.5
J. Altuve 2B31000112.297.360.537.8971.5
b- M. Straw PH-2B10000000.233.347.291.6370.0
M. Brantley LF42320001.338.395.544.9398.0
A. Bregman SS41221003.279.407.558.9658.0
Y. Alvarez DH30110100.327.418.6831.1014.0
Y. Gurriel 1B30110100.304.342.542.8853.0
A. Toro-Hernandez 3B40000006.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Maldonado C30000116.209.284.351.6350.5
J. Reddick RF41100001.260.302.376.6772.0
  • a-struck out for Springer in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Altuve in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Hicks (10), N. Goodrum (12)
  • RBI - J. Hicks 2 (23), N. Goodrum (45)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera, D. Lugo 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Springer (18), M. Brantley (39), Y. Alvarez (17)
  • HR - A. Bregman (31)
  • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (78), A. Bregman 2 (85), Y. Alvarez (57), Y. Gurriel (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, A. Bregman, M. Maldonado 6 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Demeritte (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Zimmermann (L, 1-9)5.03221416.481.466.0
G. Soto1.03111006.411.79-2.0
D. McKay0.01332006.001.75-6.0
N. Ramirez2.02001104.661.383.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Zimmermann (L, 1-9)5.0
G. Soto1.0
D. McKay0.0
N. Ramirez2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 15-5)7.020011202.750.9534.0
J. Smith1.00000101.290.863.5
J. Biagini0.23331124.061.44-6.5
R. Osuna (S, 30)0.10001002.790.896.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 15-5)7.0
J. Smith1.0
J. Biagini0.2
R. Osuna (S, 30)0.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Soto
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 81-49, G. Soto 26-15, D. McKay 20-9, N. Ramirez 32-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 9-2, G. Soto 1-2, N. Ramirez 4-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 19, G. Soto 7, D. McKay 3, N. Ramirez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 94-65, J. Smith 12-9, J. Biagini 25-15, R. Osuna 7-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-5, J. Smith 1-1, J. Biagini 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith 3, J. Biagini 6, R. Osuna 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Reyes LF40100030.273.319.394.713-0.5
H. Castro CF41100031.279.295.379.6740.5
M. Cabrera DH30000001.278.339.387.7270.0
a- J. Hicks PH-DH11121000.205.238.362.6007.0
N. Goodrum SS41111020.249.321.422.7435.0
B. Dixon 1B40000010.253.293.453.745-0.5
T. Demeritte RF20000200.268.346.451.7964.0
R. Rodriguez 2B30100100.224.255.453.7082.0
D. Lugo 3B40000024.201.233.275.508-1.0
J. Rogers C30000030.133.246.333.580-1.5
Total3235323146-----
  • a-homered for Cabrera in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF31100121.295.380.569.9493.0
a- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000010.241.297.439.736-0.5
J. Altuve 2B31000112.297.360.537.8971.5
b- M. Straw PH-2B10000000.233.347.291.6370.0
M. Brantley LF42320001.338.395.544.9398.0
A. Bregman SS41221003.279.407.558.9658.0
Y. Alvarez DH30110100.327.418.6831.1014.0
Y. Gurriel 1B30110100.304.342.542.8853.0
A. Toro-Hernandez 3B40000006.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Maldonado C30000116.209.284.351.6350.5
J. Reddick RF41100001.260.302.376.6772.0
Total3369615520-----
  • a-struck out for Springer in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Altuve in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Hicks (10), N. Goodrum (12)
  • RBI - J. Hicks 2 (23), N. Goodrum (45)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera, D. Lugo 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Springer (18), M. Brantley (39), Y. Alvarez (17)
  • HR - A. Bregman (31)
  • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (78), A. Bregman 2 (85), Y. Alvarez (57), Y. Gurriel (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Altuve, A. Bregman, M. Maldonado 6 (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Demeritte (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Zimmermann (L, 1-9)5.03221416.481.466.0
G. Soto1.03111006.411.79-2.0
D. McKay0.01332006.001.75-6.0
N. Ramirez2.02001104.661.383.5
Total8.0966551---
PITCHERSIP
J. Zimmermann (L, 1-9)5.0
G. Soto1.0
D. McKay0.0
N. Ramirez2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 15-5)7.020011202.750.9534.0
J. Smith1.00000101.290.863.5
J. Biagini0.23331124.061.44-6.5
R. Osuna (S, 30)0.10001002.790.896.0
Total9.05333142---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 15-5)7.0
J. Smith1.0
J. Biagini0.2
R. Osuna (S, 30)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Soto
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 81-49, G. Soto 26-15, D. McKay 20-9, N. Ramirez 32-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 9-2, G. Soto 1-2, N. Ramirez 4-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 19, G. Soto 7, D. McKay 3, N. Ramirez 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 94-65, J. Smith 12-9, J. Biagini 25-15, R. Osuna 7-2
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 4-5, J. Smith 1-1, J. Biagini 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 24, J. Smith 3, J. Biagini 6, R. Osuna 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Goodrum homered to right center36
    Hicks homered to left center, Castro scored26
  • 7TH INNING
    Gurriel singled to right center, Altuve scored, Bregman to third, Alvarez to second06
    Brantley singled to center, Reddick and Springer scored, Altuve to second05
  • 6TH INNING
    Alvarez doubled to right, Brantley scored, Bregman to third03
  • 4TH INNING
    Bregman homered to left, Brantley scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Joe Biagini relieved Joe Smith
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to right
    • John Hicks hit for Miguel Cabrera
    • J. Hicks: Hicks homered to left center, Castro scored
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum homered to right center
    • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Demeritte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Demeritte walked
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Joe Biagini
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Demeritte stole second, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked
    • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Lugo flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Joe Smith relieved Gerrit Cole
    • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez flied out to left
    • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo grounded out to second
    • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rogers struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
    • Jake Marisnick hit for George Springer
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
    • Myles Straw hit for Jose Altuve
    • M. Straw: Ball, Straw grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to deep right
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Ball, Demeritte flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • David McKay relieved Gregory Soto
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to left center
    • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer walked, Reddick to second
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked, Reddick to third, Springer to second
    • Nick Ramirez relieved David McKay
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to center, Reddick and Springer scored, Altuve to second
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to third, Altuve to third, Brantley out at second
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Alvarez walked, Bregman to second
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to right center, Altuve scored, Bregman to third, Alvarez to second
    • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike swinging, Toro-Hernandez flied out to right
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • Ja. Rogers: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
    • V. Reyes: Foul, Reyes singled to left center
    • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Gregory Soto relieved Jordan Zimmermann
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altuve flied out to center
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman singled to center, Brantley to third
    • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alvarez doubled to right, Brantley scored, Bregman to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel intentionally walked
    • A. Toro-Hernandez: Toro-Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bregman out at home, Alvarez to third, Gurriel to second
    • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Demeritte grounded out to second
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez popped out to pitcher
    • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Lugo struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to second
    • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
    • B. Dixon: Dixon popped out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley doubled to deep right
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman homered to left, Brantley scored
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez lined out to center
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to second
    • A. Toro-Hernandez: Toro-Hernandez grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • Ja. Rogers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rogers struck out swinging
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • H. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick lined out to left
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
    • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Maldonado out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Dixon flied out to left
    • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Demeritte walked
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez singled to left, Demeritte to second
    • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer doubled to left
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Springer to third
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)