HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Derek Fisher scored the go-ahead run on Drew Robinson’s error in the eighth, sending the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Cole allowed two runs and three hits. The ace right-hander has 36 strikeouts in 21 innings in his first three starts with Houston after he was acquired in an offseason trade with Pittsburgh.
Fisher came in to run for Evan Gattis after he walked with one out. Marwin Gonzalez followed with a single to center off Kevin Jepsen (0-2), and Fisher scored all the way from first after Robinson misplayed the ball.
Texas put two runners on with one out in the ninth, but Devenski struck out Robinson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to end the game.
Before Fisher’s dash around the bases, four solo homers accounted for the scoring.
Springer put Houston in front with his second leadoff homer of the season off Hamels, joining the one he got on opening day.
He led off the fifth with another drive. He has three homers this season – all coming against Hamels.
Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right elbow after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. Andrus won’t require surgery but will miss six to eight weeks. 1B Ronald Guzman was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to take Andrus’ spot on the roster. … RHP Tim Lincecum (right middle finger) threw a bullpen session and will throw another bullpen on Sunday.
Astros: INF Yuli Gurriel (left hand) was activated off the 10-day disabled list. Gurriel was suspended for the first five games of the season and missed the last eight games while on the DL. He went 1 for 4. … LHP Tony Sipp (right oblique) played catch and could throw a bullpen this weekend, manager A.J. Hinch said.
Houston right-hander James Hoyt and Gurriel received their World Series championship rings in a pregame ceremony. Rangers catcher Juan Centeno, who appeared in 22 games for the Astros last season and was on the active roster for the postseason, also received a ring prior to the game.
Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1) is scheduled to make his first road start for Texas on Saturday. Minor has allowed opponents to bat 5 for 35 against him with 12 strikeouts in his first two starts.
Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (2-0) has allowed one unearned run in his first two starts. He has won six straight at home including the postseason.