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Astros Stay Hot And Steal Game One In KC


Collin McHugh leads Astros to a Game one victory in the ALDS. (LG PATTERSON/MLB PHOTOS)

The Houston Astros entered the postseason having secured the last Wild Card spot, even though they had to battle just to get in the playoffs after handing over first place to the Texas Rangers late in the season with poor play.

But on Tuesday they took care of the Yankees in the Wild Card game, on a great performance on the mound from Dallas Keuchel and on Thursday, Collin McHugh followed with a solid game of his own.

The Houston offense stayed hot as they took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning, when Jose Altuve led off the game with a single and scored on a ground out from Colby Rasmus. With runners on second and third, Evan Gattis hit a ground out scoring George Springer, who walked earlier in the inning.

McHugh worked around a one-out single to get out of the bottom of the first unscathed.

In the second the ‘Stros added a run to their lead when Jake Marisnick hit a two out double and scored on a single off the bat of Altuve.

The Royals added a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning after Kendrys Morales hit a lead off home run over the right field fence to pull Kansas City within 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth the Royals continued their comeback as they scored a run on Morales’ second shot of the game to shrink the Astros lead to 3-2.

The Astros then responded with a run of their own on George Springer‘s solo shot in the fifth, to put the Astros up 4-2. They would then add an insurance run in the eighth as the Astros bullpen shut down the Royals offense en-route to a Game One victory and take a one game lead in the best of five series.

Colby Rasmus continued with his hot bat as he hit his second postseason home run in the victory. Rasmus also hit a clutch home run in the Wild Card game against the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Astros and the Royals go at it again in Game Two on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 pm.

Top Performers

Jose Altuve – 3 for 5, R, RBI
George Springer – 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, RBI
Colby Rasmus – 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, SB
Jake Marisnick – 2 for 4, Double
Collin McHugh – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Ben Zobrist – 2 for 4, SB
Kendrys Morales – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Chris Young – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

David Conde
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