It will be a battle of former college teammates and top-three draft picks on the mound when the Houston Astros visit the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon for the finale of a four-game series. Houston's Gerrit Cole was selected first overall by Pittsburgh in 2011, while Cleveland's Trevor Bauer went to Arizona two picks later and the former UCLA Bruins meet for the first time in the majors.

Cole won his only start against the Indians in 2015 and Bauer has been victorious in all seven career meetings against the Astros, but he missed them in the first series between the teams earlier this month. Cole will try to cool off a Cleveland lineup that launched four homers in the 8-6 victory Saturday night after the Indians dropped the first two games of the series and four of the first five versus Houston this season. Michael Brantley hit one of the homers for Cleveland - his fifth during a 15-game hitting streak in which he is 23-for-66 with 16 RBIs - while Edwin Encarnacion connected on a two-run shot and is 5-for-7 in the last two contests. The Astros lost for just the second time in 10 outings, but reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve had four hits in Saturday's setback and is 6-for-9 in the past two contests with five multi-hit games in his last seven.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston), SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Gerrit Cole (5-1, 1.86 ERA) vs. Indians RH Trevor Bauer (4-3, 2.35)

Cole is unbeaten in his last five appearances after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over six innings with eight strikeouts to beat San Francisco on Tuesday. The 27-year-old, who boasts 101 strikeouts and 17 walks in 67 2/3 innings this year, has not given up more than three runs in any start and surrendered two or fewer in eight of 10. Yonder Alonso is 3-for-5 with three RBIs versus Cole, who gave up three runs in eight innings against Cleveland in 2015.

Bauer has not permitted a run in his last two outings, yielding 11 hits versus two walks to go along with 16 strikeouts over 14 combined innings. The 27-year-old has struck out 73 in 65 innings overall, giving up three homers and allowing opponents to bat just .214 against him. Yuli Gurriel is 4-for-8 with a home run while Evan Gattis and Brian McCann have each gone deep twice versus Bauer, who owns a 2.89 ERA in his career against the Astros.

Video: Condensed Game: HOU@CLE - 5/26/18




WALK-OFFS

1. Gurriel has hit safely in seven of the last eight games overall and is 20-for-59 in his career against Cleveland.

2. The Indians placed LHP Andrew Miller on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right knee inflammation.

3. Astros SS Carlos Correa is 6-for-17 with four RBIs and three runs scored during a four-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Astros 3, Indians 1