Cole allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Astros bash Twins 11-0

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gerrit Cole allowed one hit in seven innings, and the Houston Astros backed him with three homers in an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
    
Cole (2-4) gave up his only hit in the sixth inning while the Astros broke out offensively to win a meeting of division leaders and snap the Twins’ four-game winning streak.
    
After losing 1-0 in the series opener, Houston added to its franchise record for April homers on Tuesday. George Springer, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman went deep, giving the Astros 43 for the month.
    
Cole struck out 11 and walked three, including the first two batters of the game. It was his fourth game with double figure strikeouts this season. Max Kepler had the only hit off Cole, a double off the right-field wall with one out in the sixth.
    
Springer had an RBI double in the third and homered on the first pitch of the fifth.
    
Marisnick and Bregman homered as part of a four-run sixth. Marisnick hit a two-run shot to chase Michael Pineda (2-2), who allowed five runs on a season-high nine hits in five-plus innings.
    
The Twins, who have hit 50 home runs in their first 27 games, finished with three hits, two by Kepler.

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