Cole's gem leads Houston over Mariners
Houston has sported the likes of starting pitchers Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richard, Mike Scott and Justin Verlander. And, now Gerrit Cole stands above them all.
Cole eclipsed Richard's single-season strikeout record, as he struck out 14 Seattle Mariners in Houston's 3-0 win Tuesday at T-Mobile Park.
Richard held the previous record with 313 strikeouts in 1979. Cole (19-5, 2.52), who gave up two hits and walked none in seven innings, now has 316. And, he or teammate Verlander will likely be the American League's Cy Young Award winner.
Alex Bregman hit his 40th homer, a solo shot, for the Astros (103-54), the American League West Division champions.
J.P. Crawford had two of Seattle's four hits.
The Mariners (66-91) and Astros play the second of the two-game set at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Yusei Kikuchi (6-10, 5.55) pitches for Seattle opposite Zack Greinke (17-5, 3.05).
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