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In A.L.D.S., Astros Have the Indians’ Number: 3, as in Hits Allowed

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HOUSTON — Marwin Gonzalez hit a go-ahead, two-run double, Alex Bregman homered for the second straight day and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-1, on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in their American League division series.

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 and walked none, combining with two relievers on Houston’s second straight three-hitter. He allowed a home run to Francisco Lindor in the third inning.

Gonzalez put the Astros ahead in the sixth with the third of his four hits, an opposite-field double to right off usually reliable reliever Andrew Miller.

Bregman homered against Trevor Bauer in the seventh, and the Astros, the World Series champions, are a win from a second straight trip to the A.L. Championship Series.

Dallas Keuchel starts for the Astros when the series resumes Monday in Cleveland. Mike Clevinger is scheduled to pitch for the Indians.

Cole followed Friday’s solid start from Justin Verlander by allowing one run and three hits in seven innings, joining Tom Seaver (1973) as the only pitchers to strike out at least 12 batters without a walk in a postseason game.

Ryan Pressly got two outs, and Roberto Osuna walked one in a four-out save.

The Cleveland starter, Carlos Carrasco, allowed two runs and six hits in five and one-third innings.

The Indians have three runs in the two games and are batting .100 (6 for 60). Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson have combined to go 1 for 22.

Jose Altuve singled leading off the sixth but slipped as he left the batter’s box and was limping after reaching first base. Manager A. J. Hinch and a trainer came out to check on Altuve, who remained in the game.

Bregman walked and one out later, Cleveland brought in Miller, the dominating left-hander who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 A.L.C.S. but has been slowed by injuries this year.

The switch-hitting Gonzalez turned around and hit right-handed. He fouled off a slider, and then doubled on a fastball.

Miller had allowed just one previous inherited runner to score in the postseason, on a sacrifice fly by Boston’s David Ortiz in Game 3 of their division series in 2016.

Miller walked Carlos Correa on four pitches and loaded the bases with an intentional walk. Bauer, a starter pitching in relief for the second straight day, got Evan Gattis to pop out and struck out Martin Maldonado.

Cole retired 13 of 14 after Lindor’s homer, striking out the side in the fourth. After fanning Ramirez on three pitches to end the sixth, Cole screamed and pumped his arms as he walked off the mound.

The Houston leadoff hitter, George Springer, went 1 for 4 with a single, ending a streak of five straight postseason games with a home run — one shy of Daniel Murphy’s record.

Keuchel (12-11, 3.74 earned run average) is 4-2 with a 3.24 E.R.A. in eight postseason games, including seven starts. Clevinger (13-8, 3.02) will be making his first career postseason start after making six relief appearances with a 6.43 E.R.A.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page SP3 of the New York edition with the headline: The Astros Are One Win Away From Advancing. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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