The Houston Astros defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-5 with the help of a five-run 3rd inning to take the first game of the series.
Gerrit Cole gave up a two-run home run to the third batter that he faced, but he would not allow another run to cross the plate. He finished with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in his six innings of work for the Astros.
Down 2-1 going into the 3rd inning, the Astros would put up five runs. Yuli Gurriel, who had three hits on the day, would tie things up with an RBI single and Robinson Chirinos would double, bringing in Gurriel to give Houston the lead.
In his MLB debut, Jack Mayfield, who doubled in his first ever at-bat, drove in the third run of the inning with a sac fly. Derrick Fisher would drive in Chirinos and the Astros would add one more to take a 6-2 lead.
Hector Rondon struck out two of the first three batters he faced, but the Cubs would score a run with the help of a Gurriel error and back-to-back singles. Will Harris came and got the final out of the inning.
With the Astros up three runs going into the 9th inning, Roberto Osuna came in to close things out. Things did not go well, as Osuna gave up a home run on his very first pitch.
After getting the next batter to ground out, Osuna allowed his second homer of the inning, cutting the Astros lead down to one run. After allowing the tying run to reach first, Osuna ended things with two straight strikeouts.
Osuna, who hadn’t allowed a run since April 4th, gave up three runs in the series with the Boston Red Sox. After today’s game, that is now three games in a row that he has given up a run.