HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Houston Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
Cole (11-5) yielded two hits and one run while striking out 11 to help Houston to its sixth straight win, improving to 8-1 against the Athletics this season. Cole has recorded double-digit strikeouts in three straight games, giving him an MLB-leading 205 this season.
Cole has won seven straight decisions, with his last loss coming on May 22.
Alvarez sent Bailey’s second pitch of the second inning beyond the bullpen in right-center to put Houston up 1-0.
George Springer hit an RBI single with one out in the inning and Bailey’s bases-loaded walk of Jose Altuve made it 3-0. The Astros added a run on a groundout by Alex Bregman.
Alvarez drew a four-pitch walk to open the third inning before Gurriel’s homer to left field pushed the lead to 6-0. Gurriel has an 11-game hitting streak and has hit 14 home runs in his last 23 games to give him a career-best 19 homers this season.
Josh Reddick doubled on a line drive to right field after Gurriel’s home run before a single by Robinson Chirinos.
Diaz, who was playing in his first game since May 26 because of a hamstring injury, then belted a fastball to left field to make it 9-0 and chase Bailey (8-7).
Bailey, who was acquired from Kansas City on July 14, allowed a season-high nine runs and tied a season high with eight hits in just two-plus innings. It was the first loss since June 1 for the veteran right-hander, who had won four straight decisions capped by Wednesday’s win against Seattle in his debut for the Athletics.
Alvarez doubled in a run off Brian Schlitter with two outs in the inning to give him 35 RBIs, which is the most in major league history by a player in his first 30 games, surpassing the 34 Albert Pujols had in 2001.
Matt Chapman doubled for Oakland’s first hit with one out in the fourth and the Athletics made it 11-1 when he scored on a two-out double by Mark Canha.
Those were the only two hits as the Athletics ended a streak of 21 straight games with a home run.
Astros: SS Carlos Correa (broken rib) will continue a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock this week where he is scheduled to play on Tuesday and Wednesday before being activated from the 60-day injured list on Friday.
Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (9-3, 3.64 ERA) is scheduled to start for Oakland on Tuesday night. Fiers, who pitched for Houston from 2015-17, is 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his last 13 starts beginning with his no-hitter against Cincinnati on May 7.
Astros: LHP Wade Miley (8-4, 3.25) will start for Houston on Tuesday. Miley yielded three hits and two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win over the Angels in his last start.