Gerrit Cole allowed one hit in seven innings, and the Houston Astros backed him with three homers in an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Cole (2-4) gave up his only hit in the sixth inning while the Astros broke out offensively to win a meeting of division leaders and snap the Twins’ four-game winning streak.

After losing 1-0 in the series opener, Houston added to its franchise record for April homers on Tuesday. George Springer, Jake Marisnick and Alex Bregman went deep, giving the Astros 43 for the month.

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, celebrates with Alex Bregman following Bregman's solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Magill in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, left, celebrates with Alex Bregman following Bregman’s solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Magill in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Cole struck out 11 and walked three, including the first two batters of the game. It was his fourth game with double-figure strikeouts this season. Max Kepler had the only hit off Cole, a double off the right-field wall with one out in the sixth.

Relievers Josh James and Chris Devenski completed the three-hitter. Kepler had two hits for the Twins, who have hit 50 home runs in their first 27 games.

Springer had an RBI double in the third and homered on the first pitch of the fifth.

Minnesota Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza fields a ball in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Minnesota Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza fields a ball in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)

Marisnick and Bregman homered as part of a four-run sixth. Marisnick hit a two-run shot to chase Michael Pineda (2-2), who allowed five runs on a season-high nine hits in five-plus innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: Pineda was hit in the leg by a line drive off the bat of Michael Brantley in the fifth inning but stayed in the game. … INF Miguel Sano (right heel laceration) went 0-for-1 with a walk Tuesday in his rehab assignment for Single-A Fort Myers.

Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick, left, is congratulated by George Springer following his two-run home run off Minnesota Twins' pitcher Michael Pineda in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, left, is congratulated by George Springer following his two-run home run off Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Michael Pineda in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

PROSPECT SUSPENDED

Astros minor leaguer J.J. Matijevic was suspended 50 games Tuesday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Matijevic, a 2017 second-round pick, is batting .240 for Double-A Corpus Christi.

UP NEXT

Minnesota Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza fields a ball in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Minnesota Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza fields a ball in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)

LHP Martin Perez (3-0, 4.44 ERA) will start for the Twins against RHP Collin McHugh (3-2, 4.78) in the third game of the four-game series. The teams will conclude their season series on Thursday. All seven games are in a span of 11 days.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Houston Astros batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Houston Astros' George Springer reacts after hitting an RBI double in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting an RBI double in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)

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