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Cole, Bregman lead Astros past Tigers 6-3
Friday, August 23, 2019

(HOUSTON) - A day after failing to back a gem by ace Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros were determined to convert on another from Gerrit Cole. Cole struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, Bregman homered and the Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday night. Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning double, and Bregman followed with a lined shot to the first row of the left field Crawford Boxes for his 31st homer. Cole (15-5) pitched two-hit ball and allowed one walk over 94 pitches. He's 11-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his past 15 starts and has 238 strikeouts this season, one shy of teammate and league leader Verlander. Brantley finished with three hits, including a two-run single in the seventh. He leads the majors with a .338 batting average. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (1-9) allowed three hits and two runs while striking out four in five innings. In the ninth, John Hicks hit a two-run homer and Niko Goodrum added a solo shot off reliever Joe Biagini. Representing the tying run, Dawel Lugo's deep shot to right field was caught by Josh Reddick at the wall for the final out. Roberto Osuna earned his 30th save of the season. The Tigers suffered their fifth loss in six games.

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