Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 4 hits from the 11-4 Win

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 4 hits from the 11-4 Win
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The Astros came into the third game of this series looking for a series win. Here's a quick rundown and four points from the game:

Final Score: Astros 11, Rangers 4

Record: 25-15, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Gerrit Cole (4-4, 3.88 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.85 ERA)


1. The Cole Train ran on full steam

Gerrit Cole pitched his worst start this season against the Texas Rangers. In fact, he entered tonight's game 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA in his two starts against them this season. Despite giving a line drive HR to Hunter Pence, Cole struck out FIVE in the first two innings. He struck out two more in the third. Cole was challenged in the fourth, but back to back strike outs to Gallo and Pence got him out of the inning stranding Santana at third. For those keeping score, Cole had nine strike outs through four. Odor and Guzman were victims to Cole's strike out in the fifth. With runners on third and second, Cole got Gallos looking with a 100 mile an hour fast ball to end the inning and earn his twelfth strike out of the night. He tied Brad Peacock for the most strike outs by a starter this season with twelve.


2. Aledmys Diaz with his biggest moment as an Astro

In the sixth inning, in a on run game, Aledmys Diaz answered the call for the offense. With two outs, Diaz hit a Grand Slam to the Crawford Boxes. The bottom of the order was what got the Astros the win last night with three solo HRs. The bottom of the order, tonight, set themselves up for the nine hole hitter to bring them all home in the biggest moment in his Astro tenure.


3. Devo makes things interesting before the Bullpen settles things down

After a shut down start from Cole and a gushing Grand Slam from Diaz, Chris Devenski entered the seventh striking out Hunter Pence. He then gave up singles to Odor and Cabrera before Guzman hit a bomb to the upper deck in right field to cut the Astros lead to 6-4. Hector Rondon would get the last out of the inning striking out Santana. Josh James entered the 8th with a five run cushion and got out of the inning with two strike outs. James would get two more strike outs in the 9th to rack up a total of four, 18 as a staff for the night.


4. The two out magic was in full effect

What did Josh Reddick's RBI single, Aledmys Diaz' Grand Slam, Tyler White's RBI single, Robinson Chirinos' two RBI single, Carlos Correa's RBI single, and Yuli Gurriel's RBI single have in common? Well, aside from obviously putting points on the board, they were all runs scored when the Astros were at bat with two outs. 10 of the Astros' 11 runs came with two outs.


Up Next: Nothing better than a Sunday day game at Minute Maid Park. A 1:00 start on Mothers Day. The Astros will look to sweep the series as Corbin Martin makes his Major League debut. He was 1-1 with a 1.48 ERA in five games for Triple A Round Rock. The Rangers will counter with Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.41 ERA)

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Jake Meyers hit a three-run homer to highlight Houston's six-run fourth inning that backed Justin Verlander's winning start, and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Friday night.

Verlander (3-2) struck out nine over six innings to increase hit total to 3,377, passing Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (3,371) for 10th on the career strikeouts list. He gave up two runs — one earned — on eight hits and didn't walk a batter for a second straight start and seventh time this year.

After another milestone to add to a long list of them, Verlander wasn't sure exactly how to feel.

“I feel like I should be more excited but I feel like I’m a little more introspective and reflective,” Verlander said. “A lot of sacrifices you make in this game, a lot of time away from the family, but I love it, so it’s pretty amazing. I don’t know if as a 21- or 22-year-old kid in professional baseball if I’d thought I’d be in the top-10 in anything. This sport’s been around for so long. Hard to put into words, but a lot of thoughts, a lot of thoughts went through my mind.”

When his teammates celebrated him once the special outing had ended, Verlander allowed himself to ponder the meaning.

Verlander remembers his first strikeout and he recalls one against Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas here at the Coliseum — and the pitcher wears No. 35 because of Thomas.

“I have a lot of great memories here,” he said.

A's manager Mark Kotsay, a former Oakland outfielder, has been witness to some of those.

“He’s just tough. He’s a Hall of Fame pitcher. He knows his game plan and he executes it really well," Kotsay said. "He doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.”

Yordan Alvarez added an RBI double and Josh Hader finished the 2-hour, 31-minute game with his seventh save for the Astros, who began a seven-game road trip.

After right-hander Ross Stripling (1-9) retired the first nine Houston hitters in order, Jose Altuve singled to start the fourth for the first of four straight hits that included Alex Bregman's two-run single.

The A's drew an announced crowd of 9,676 for the series opener after winning two of three against Colorado following an eight-game losing streak.

Miguel Andujar came off the injured list and immediately hit an RBI single in the first off Verlander and finished with three hits in his A's and season debut — including another run-scoring single in the seventh.

Andjuar's RBI marked the first time the A's have scored first in 18 games — ending the longest streak in franchise history. Batting cleanup, he also singled in the third.

Astros left fielder Chas McCormick robbed Max Schuemann of an extra-base hit when he crashed into the wall to make a great catch ending the eighth.

“That was a big play at the moment,” manager Joe Espada said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP José Urquidy was pulled from his rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land because of right forearm discomfort. He has been on the injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. ... 1B José Abreu is scheduled to rejoin the club Monday in Seattle after playing at least two games with Triple-A Sugar Land as he works to regain his hitting rhythm.

Athletics: Andujar had been sidelined all season after having meniscus surgery on his right knee. He was claimed off waivers from the Pirates on Nov. 6. Oakland created roster room by optioning INF Brett Harris to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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RHP Spencer Arrighetti (2-4, 7.16 ERA) pitches for the Astros in the middle game opposite A's LHP JP Sears (3-3, 4.31).

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