Kris Medlen

Cole fans career-high 16 in 1-hitter, Astros rout D-backs

Gerrit Cole called his gem Friday night "probably my best" of his 134 career major league starts.

The best of a lot of very good ones lately.

Cole struck out a career-high 16 in a one-hitter and the Houston Astros routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0 Friday night.

"I think it would have been the same outcome if any team in the league would have faced him today," Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. "He was just filthy. Hitting the spots, every pitch was working. There is no plan that could work against him today."

Cole (3-1) topped the strikeout mark of 14 he set three weeks ago against Texas and allowed only a one-out double to...