(Reuters) - The Houston Astros received a strong outing from starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and enough offence for a 4-2 win against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
In the Astros first playoff game at home in nearly a decade, Keuchel yielded a fourth-inning solo home run by Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, but settled down for a solid 124-pitch, seven inning effort with seven strikeouts.
The Royals lead was short lived as the Astros went ahead for good on a two-run single from Jason Castro in the fifth inning and added runs in each of the sixth and seventh inning, including a home run from first baseman Chris Carter in the seventh inning.
Game Four is in Houston on Monday.
Reporting by Tim Wharnsby in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Both