Gerrit Cole allowed just one hit and struck out 15 in eight innings and the Astros routed Seattle 21-1 in Houston on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.
In winning his 12th straight decision, Cole (16-5) joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in major-league history with at least 14 strikeouts in three straight games. Cole leads the majors with 281 strikeouts, and his 2.73 ERA in second in the AL behind teammate Justin Verlander (2.52).
One of the toughest parts of Cole’s day was staying loose while the Astros created long innings.
“I’m not complaining, but it was challenging a couple of times when you’re scoring that many runs,” he said. “But I guess I’m always up for a challenge.”
Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered, and rookie Yordan Alvarez had six RBIs and hit three of Houston’s team-record 11 doubles.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 5: Gleyber Torres, Mike Tauchman and Aaron Judge went deep as visiting New York broke its franchise record for homers in a season. The Yankees’ total of 268 tops last year’s mark by one. After the game, there were multiple reports that Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski — who crafted the 2018 World Series-winning roster — had been fired.
Rays 8, Blue Jays 3: Austin Meadows and Avisail Garcia homered as host Tampa Bay won for the 10th time in 11 games to remain a game ahead of the A’s in the race for the AL’s first wild-card spot. Toronto has lost seven in a row.
Indians 5, Twins 2: Mike Clevinger (11-2) pitched 6 ⅓ innings to win his 10th consecutive decision as visiting Cleveland remained 1½ games behind the A’s in the race for the AL’s second wild card. The Indians are 5½ games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Brewers 8, Cubs 5: Former Giants outfielder Tyler Austin hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer during a five-run fourth as host Milwaukee beat Chicago for a third consecutive day. The Brewers are two games behind the Cubs for the NL’s second wild card.
Reds 4, Diamondbacks 3: Michael Lorenzen lined a game-ending double in the ninth as Cincinnati snapped Arizona’s five-game winning streak. The Diamondbacks remained 1½ games behind the Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card.
Phillies 10, Mets 7: Maikel Franco, Scott Kingery and Adam Haseley homered for visiting Philadelphia in a game that — at 4 hours, 29 minutes — fell one minute shy of the NL record for the longest nine-inning game. The Phillies are two games behind the Cubs. The Mets stayed four game back in the wild-card race.
Nationals 9, Braves 4: Juan Soto homered and Max Scherzer won for the first time since July 6 as visiting Washington snapped Atlanta’s nine-game run. The Nationals lead the Cubs by three games in the race for the NL’s top wild card.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 0: Jack Flaherty struck out 10 in eight innings as visiting St. Louis extended its NL Central lead over the Cubs to 4½ games. Campolindo-Moraga alum James Marvel took the loss for Pittsburgh in his major-league debut. He gave up two runs in five innings.
Marlins 9, Royals 0: Rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara pitched a four-hitter for his second shutout for host Miami.
Rangers 10, Orioles 4: Rookie Nick Solak had four RBIs and Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor homered for visiting Texas.
White Sox 5, Angels 1: Danny Mendick and Jose Abreu homered to pace host Chicago.
Padres 2, Rockies 1: Wil Myers singled home Manny Machado in the 10th to give host San Diego the win.
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