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Cole pitches into 6th inning, Astros hit 3 homers in 9-1 win

Gerrit Cole wasn't as dominant as he has been throughout the first part of the season. He didn't need to be.

Cole struck out eight in 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Cole (10-2) allowed one run and three hits with four walks after being activated from the bereavement list prior to the game.

"It was tough to keep the emotions in check at times trying to control things that are out of my control," Cole said. "I'm thankful that we put up a bunch of runs, gave us some cushion, and all in all, played a good game."

He threw six shutout innings in his last start...