Astros launch postseason with win over Yankees
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Houston Astros blasted into the next round of the Major League Baseball postseason with a 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in their Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday.
Solo home runs by Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez backed the superlative pitching of Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who blanked the Yanks on three hits over six innings with seven strikeouts.
Keuchel, 20-8 this season and pitching on three days' rest for the first time, silenced the New York crowd of 50,000 by running his scoreless streak against the pinstripes to 22 innings in 2015.
"I didn't think we would play that well," Keuchel said in a televised post-game interview.
"I thought we'd play a bit better than average but I didn't think we'd come to Yankee Stadium and play that well."
Relievers Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson pitched one scoreless inning each to combine with Keuchel on the three-hit shutout.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka took the loss, giving up first-pitch home runs by Rasmus in the second inning and by Gomez in the fourth, in his five innings of work.
Houston tacked on the last run in the seventh on an RBI-single by Jose Altuve off reliever Dellin Betances in the seventh that drove in Jonathan Villar after he had stolen second base. Continued...