Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole entered the postseason like a locomotive running full speed ahead, and then even managed to out-do his spectacular self in a history-making outing that lifted his team to a 3-1 win Saturday night over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of their American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park.

Cole threw 7.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits and a walk, and his 15 strikeouts set a new franchise playoff record, topping Mike Scott’s 14 strikeouts on Oct. 8, 1986, in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. Cole is only the seventh pitcher in postseason history to throw 15 or more strikeouts allowing a walk.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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Robert Mihovil

Exciting Astro’s baseball game, excellent article. Robert Mihovil, Mihovil Photography

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