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Sports Cole's streak ends as Nats rough up Astros ace in Game 1

07:55  23 october  2019
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HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole trudged slowly off the mound, wiped the sweat from his upper lip and took a handshake and pat on the backside from manager AJ Hinch.

Walking away without a lead — not something Cole and the Houston Astros are used to. Certainly not what they expected in the World Series opener.

The Washington Nationals roughed up Cole for five runs in seven innings Tuesday night, beating Houston 5-4 to jump ahead in the best-of-seven series.

Cole suffered his first loss since May 22. Set to cash in as a free agent this off-season, he had won a single-season record 19 consecutive decisions. His post-season prior to Tuesday was nearly perfect: 3-0 record, one run allowed, and 32 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.

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In his first World Series appearance and ninth post-season game, the 29-year-old right-hander gave up his most runs since the White Sox tagged him for six in that May 22 loss.

"He's been so good for so long that there builds this thought of invincibility and that it's impossible to beat him," Hinch said. "So when it happens it is a surprise to all of us."

The Astros gave Cole a lead with a two-run first, but a shot by Ryan Zimmerman an inning later cut the lead to 1. Cole didn't even turn around to watch where that one landed, simply throwing his right hand up and preparing for the next pitch.

Houston still had the lead when 20-year-old Juan Soto knocked a fastball from Cole onto the train tracks atop left field. Soto struck again in the fifth, lining a two-run double that stretched Washington's edge to 5-2.

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Cole gave up one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings July 14 against Detroit while winning his last start 9- 1 . The Astros are 16-4 in starts by Cole , who is Cole ' s 177 strikeouts are the most by an Astros pitcher before the All-Star Game . Cole has also allowed 81 hits and 45 walks in 128 1 /3 innings and

Cole is on an otherworldly run. He enters the World Series 19-0 with a 1 .59 ERA over his past 25 starts, including victories in each of his three playoff outings. " I truly believe that these guys are fired up to be here," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We played a lot of unbelievable games this year.

"The Zimmerman pitch was a mistake, and Zimmerman made him pay with a homer," Hinch said. "He never really controlled Soto the whole night. He punched him the first at-bat and the after that Soto took some really good swings"

Along with teammate and Game 2 starter Justin Verlander, Cole is a favourite for the AL Cy Young Award. He led the league with a 2.50 ERA, and he allowed just seven home runs over the last two months of the regular season. No lineup had connected for two home runs against him since Colorado on Aug. 7, a span of 11 starts.

Cole struck out six, his lowest total since punching out four on Aug. 1 against Cleveland. After leading the majors with a career-high 326 strikeouts, he never looked so dominant Tuesday. His slider — a swing-and-miss machine this post-season — lacked bite. He threw the pitch 27 times and got just three whiffs.

"These guys are really tough to put away," Hinch said. "They don't strike out a lot. And they proved tonight they're putting the ball in play."

Cole allowed a single in a scoreless sixth and struck out two in a sharp seventh. By then his fate was all but sealed and instead of helping Houston take advantage of home-field advantage from its 107-win season, his uncharacteristic outing left the Astros in a hole as they chase their second title in three seasons.


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Astros owner: 'We're going to take a run' at re-signing Cole .
Don't rule out the Houston Astros in the upcoming Gerrit Cole sweepstakes. Owner Jim Crane said Monday that the Astros want to bring the free-agent ace back, but it should be a challenge. "We’re going to take a run at it," Crane said, according to Brian McTaggart of "We don't know if we can get to where they want to get. (Agent Scott) Boras is tough to deal with." Crane added that the Astros could exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2020.Houston did offer Cole a $17.8 million qualifying offer on Monday. However, it's a near certainty the AL Cy Young finalist will reject it as he's likely to receive a contract in free agency in excess of $200 million.

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