MLB Game Recap - Texas at Houston
Sat May 11, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

SEA
5
BOS
9
F
DET
5
MIN
3
F
PIT
2
STL
1
F
MIL
1
CHC
2
F(15)
CHW
7
TOR
2
F
CLE
2
OAK
3
F
LAA
7
BAL
2
F
NYY
2
TB
7
F
MIA
1
NYM
4
F
PHI
7
KC
0
F
DET
3
MIN
8
F
ATL
6
ARI
4
F
SD
4
COL
3
F
TEX
4
HOU
11
F
CIN
5
SF
4
F
WAS
5
LAD
2
F

Houston 11, Texas 4

May 11, 2019 8:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Texas (17-20)

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

4

9

2

Houston (25-15)

0

0

0

1

1

4

3

2

x

11

13

0

W: Cole (4-4)

L: Smyly (0-3)

TEX - HR: Pence (7) , Guzmán (3)

HOU - HR: Díaz (3) , Brantley (10)

Cole's 12 Ks, Díaz's slam help Astros top Rangers 11-4
Sun May 12, 2019 12:47 AM

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole couldn't help but linger on a recent rocky outing against the Texas Rangers. It became fuel for the right-hander that ignited one of his best starts this season.

Cole struck out a season-high 12, Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam while starting in place of injured star Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros beat the Rangers 11-4 Saturday night.

Cole allowed nine runs in 4 1/3 innings during a 9-4 loss to Texas on April 20. He wasn't shy about the fact that the start stuck with him.

"It was right there in the middle of my mind," Cole said. "I try to approach every game the same, and as far as my preparation and my adrenaline and my focus, it was the same, but there was just an intangible bad taste in your mouth from the last time. I just tried to control it and use it to my advantage."

Cole (4-4) was out for revenge. He gave up a run and four hits in six innings for his third straight win, and he has at least eight strikeouts in eight of nine starts this season. He leads the majors with 86 punchouts.

"When he has his aggressiveness from the very beginning of the game, he brings a lot of intensity," manager AJ Hinch said. "His fastball was incredible and so was his curveball."

Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list after the game after suffering a left hamstring strain Friday night.

Diaz took Kyle Dowdy deep into the Crawford Boxes for a 6-1 lead in the sixth, and the Astros didn't look back. After Diaz realized the homer was gone, he pointed into the Astros dugout with a huge grin.

The Astros won their fourth straight game, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games, including three straight in Houston.

After Jesse Chavez started for Texas and retired all three batters in the first inning, Drew Smyly (0-3) made his first relief appearance since 2014. In 4 2/3 innings, Smyly allowed one run, four hits and four walks. He was pulled after walking the bases loaded before Diaz homered.

"I didn't make quality pitches, I just didn't do it when it counted," Smyly said. "I got two strikes I think on a couple of them. I just couldn't put them away."

Hunter Pence hit his seventh homer in the second inning over a leaping Josh Reddick to put the Rangers up 1-0. Pence has homered in four of the last five games, and he had another robbed by Reddick on Thursday.

"Gerrit Cole, I think he had a little chip on his shoulder after facing him the first two times, and we got him," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "We still had him at times, but we couldn't really stick to our game plan. He teased us a little out of the zone. It's easy for me to say that when I'm on the bench, but when he's throwing 98, 99 mph right at the belt or just above it, that's a really hard pitch to hit."

Michael Brantley tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 10th homer of the season.

Texas' Ronald Guzman hit a towering homer off Chris Devenski that trimmed Houston's lead to 6-4 in the seventh.

Houston answered with a three-run seventh, going back up 9-4 on an RBI single from Tyler White and a two-run single from Robinson Chirinos. The Astros added two more insurance runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel.

MCHUGH TO THE BULLPEN

Hinch said he was moving Collin McHugh to the bullpen. After a 3-1 start to the season, McHugh allowed 25 runs in his last four starts, going 0-3 in that stretch. His ERA has ballooned to 6.37.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (infection) threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Kelley has been on the 10-day IL since May 6 with a bacterial infection.

UP NEXT

Astros RHP Corbin Martin will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make his MLB debut in place of McHugh on Sunday. The Rangers will start RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.41).

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Pitchers of Record

Texas IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
D. Smyly (L, 0-3) 4.2 4 4 4 3 7.71 1.714
Houston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
G. Cole (W, 4-4) 6 4 1 0 12 1.50 0.667

Batting Leaders

Texas AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
H. Pence 4 2 1 1 1 0 6 0 3.0
D. Santana 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.0
Houston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Brantley 5 2 3 1 1 0 5 0 2.0
G. Springer 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 2.0

Team Comparison

TEX HOU
At Bats 35 38
Hits 9 13
Batting Average .257 .342
On Base Percentage .278 .419
Slugging Percentage 0.457 0.526
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 2 2
Total Bases 16 20
Walks 1 5
Strikeouts 18 4
Stolen Bases 1 1
Caught Stealing 1 0
Runners Left On Base 5 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 3/8 7/13
Double Plays Fielded 2 0
Errors 2 0

2019 Regular Season - HOU Leads Series 5-4

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Apr 1 HOU 2 @ TEX 1 B. Peacock A. Sampson
Tue Apr 2 HOU 4 @ TEX 6 S. Kelley F. Valdez
Wed Apr 3 HOU 0 @ TEX 4 M. Minor G. Cole
Fri Apr 19 HOU 7 @ TEX 2 J. Verlander D. Smyly
Sat Apr 20 HOU 4 @ TEX 9 S. Kelley G. Cole
Sun Apr 21 HOU 10 @ TEX 11 S. Miller C. McHugh
Thu May 9 TEX 2 @ HOU 4 W. Miley M. Minor
Fri May 10 TEX 0 @ HOU 3 J. Verlander L. Lynn
Sat May 11 TEX 4 @ HOU 11 G. Cole D. Smyly

Game Information

Stadium: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 35,849
Game Time: 3:15
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?