SEATTLE (AP) — Gerrit Cole dominated again Tuesday night, striking out 14 with no walks to win his 15th consecutive decision in a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
“He’s playing a video game,” Astros shortstop Alex Bregman said. “It’s ridiculous. He pushes a button and puts it wherever he wants. It’s just been insane the run he’s been on. It’s been a lot of fun to throw the ball around the infield after he strikes guys out.”
Cole (19-5) says it’s not quite that easy, but it sure does look that way. He’s unbeaten in 21 starts since losing to the Chicago White Sox on May 22. He is on the longest streak of consecutive winning decisions since Toronto’s Roy Halladay was 15-0 during an 18-start span in 2003.
Dee Gordon and J.P. Crawford had two hits each for the Mariners. It was better than their last outing against Cole and the Astros, a 21-1 one-hit loss on Sept. 8. Seattle has lost 12 consecutive games against the Astros and is 1-17 against Houston this season with one game left.