Gon­za­lez, Breg­man lift Astros

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports -

HOUS­TON — Mar­win Gon­za­lez hit a go-ahead, two-run dou­ble, Alex Breg­man home­red for the sec­ond straight day and the Hous­ton Astros beat the Cleve­land In­di­ans 3-1 Sat­ur­day to take a 2-0 AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries lead.

Ger­rit Cole struck out 12 and walked none, com­bin­ing with two re­liev­ers on Hous­ton’s sec­ond straight three-hit­ter. He al­lowed Fran­cisco Lin­dor’s thirdinning homer.

Gon­za­lez put the Astros ahead in the sixth with the third of his four hits, an op­po­site-field dou­ble to right off usu­ally re­li­able re­liever An­drew Miller.

Breg­man home­red against Trevor Bauer in the seventh, and the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons moved within a win of a sec­ond straight trip to the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

Dal­las Keuchel starts for the Astros when the se­ries re­sumes Mon­day in Cleve­land. Mike Clevinger is sched­uled to pitch for the In­di­ans.

Cole fol­lowed Mon­day’s solid start from Justin Ver­lan­der by al­low­ing one run and three hits in seven in­nings, join­ing Tom Seaver (1973) as the only pitch­ers to strike out at least 12 bat­ters with­out a walk in a post­sea­son game.

Ryan Pressly got two outs, and Roberto Osuna walked one in a four-out save.

Cleve­land starter Car­los Car­rasco al­lowed two runs and six hits in 5 1⁄3 in­nings.

The AL Cen­tral cham­pion In­di­ans have three runs in the two games and are bat­ting .100 (6 for 60). Jose Ramirez, Ed­win ncar­na­cion and Josh Don­ald­son have com­bined to go 1 for 22.

Jose Al­tuve sin­gled lead­ing off the sixth but slipped as he left the bat­ter’s box and was limp­ing af­ter reach­ing first base. Man­ager AJ Hinch and a trainer came out to check on Al­tuve, who re­mained in the game.

Breg­man walked and one out later, Cleve­land brought in Miller, the dom­i­nat­ing left-han­der who was MVP of the 2016 AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries but has been slowed by in­juries this year.

The switch-hit­ting Gon­za­lez turned around and hit right-handed. He fouled off a slider, then dou­bled on a fast­ball.

Miller had al­lowed just one pre­vi­ous in­her­ited run­ner to score in the post­sea­son, on a sac­ri­fice fly by Bos­ton’s David Or­tiz in Game 3 of the 2016 AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

Miller walked Car­los Cor­rea on four pitches and loaded the bases with an in­ten­tional walk. Bauer, a starter pitch­ing in re­lief for the sec­ond straight day, re­tired Evan Gat­tis on a popout and struck out Martin Mal­don­ado.

Cole re­tired 13 of 14 af­ter Lin­dor’s homer, strik­ing out the side in the fourth. Af­ter fan­ning Ramirez on three pitches to end the sixth, Cole screamed and pumped both arms as he walked off the mound.

Hous­ton lead­off hit­ter Ge­orge Springer went 1 for 4 with a sin­gle, end­ing a streak of five straight post­sea­son games with a home run — one shy of Daniel Mur­phy’s record.

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Astros short­stop Car­los Cor­rea (1), out­fielder Ge­orge Springer (4), out­fielder Jake Maris­nick (6) and Myles Straw (26) cel­e­brate the win in Game 2 Sat­ur­day.

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Astros pitcher Ger­rit Cole throws a pitch in Game 2 of the Amer­i­can League Di­vi­sion Se­ries Sat­ur­day.

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