All-Star left-hander Mike Minor (8-4, 2.54) will work opposite Miley as the Rangers attempt to clinch the four-game series. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season.
Now sitting seven games ahead of their closest competition, which is the Oakland Athletics, the Astros seem to have one of the cushiest seats out of all of the AL and NL division leaders at this point. Houston is only 5-4 over his last nine starts despite Miley posting a 3.04 ERA during that span. "They were punching out a ton, they were walking, they were homering and they got the single at the end".
While Jose Altuve had the tiebreaking two-out double in the 11th inning, he gave most of the credit to George Springer for putting the Houston Astros ahead for good. Gallo has four homers and 15 strikeouts in 22 career at-bats against Cole.
The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games, 22-5 in Verlanders last 27 road starts and 45-21 in Verlanders last 66 starts. "(The ball) took a really nasty hop for him, so we'll see how he is".
Astros manager A.J. Hinch disclosed postgame that Bregman needed four stitches to his chin.
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 60-day IL (achilles), Brad Peacock: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib), Alex Bregman: day-to-day (face). The 35-year-old pitcher had surgery last December to fix a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg. Josh James (4-0) earned the win. Roberto Osuna registered his second loss for Houston.
What was a promising first inning for Houston turned on its ear when the Rangers came to bat that same inning. So far in his 2019 season, Cole is on track for setting a new career high in games started, strikeouts and innings pitched, although with the type of lead that the Astros have now in the AL West, they may be able to give Cole a few starts off to save his arm for the playoffs.
The win pulled the Rangers, who haven't made the postseason since 2016, within 1 1/2 games of the American League's second Wild Card spot. But for Gerrit Cole, going first overall meant that he had to live up to even more pressure and expectations, starting all the way back in 2011. After each of their starters recorded at least one hit in the series opener, the Rangers bashed five home runs against Houston pitching to win Friday, including one each in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Texas Rangers hit five home runs in a comeback victory over the rival Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.