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86-76, 2nd in AL West
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5hJerry Crasnick, MLB senior writer

Road pushovers? Apparently not these Astros

The Astros are athletically gifted and stacked with power bats. And they've figured out how to win on the road. In other words: Watch out, Royals.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

With Astros ace Dallas Keuchel looming in Game 3 at Houston, the Royals have a ramped-up sense of urgency for Game 2 Friday afternoon, following their 5-2 defeat in Game 1. "You look at Keuchel's numbers at home, they're really impressive," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "(Friday) will be a big game for us, yeah."

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Whoops! Astros won AL wild-card game

But apparently someone assumed the Yankees would be playing in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. the Royals.

Altuve: 'Today was a really nice game' (0:57)
Astros power past Royals to take Game 1 (4:08)

Astros keep rolling, win Game 1 in Kansas City

The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in their ALDS opener.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Collin McHugh was outstanding. The bullpen and defense were strong. And George Springer and Colby Rasmus hit solo homers to help lead Houston to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City in Game 1 of the ALDS. The young Astros seem to be right in their element in October.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales hit two home runs, Chris Young struck out seven over four relief innings, but the Royals never could overcome Yordano Ventura's early struggles. Ventura gave up three runs over a brief two innings and the Royals fell 5-2 to the Astros in the opener of the ALDS.


Astros take Game 1 of ALDS over Royals

Despite a 47-minute rain delay in the third inning, RHP Collin McHugh pitched six innings, giving up 2 ER as the Astros beat the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is Friday at 3:45 p.m. ET. Postseason results, coverage

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

The Astros look right at home at spacious Kauffman Stadium with their team speed and excellent outfield defense. Those home runs by George Springer and Colby Rasmus were a bonus tonight. But that's the way A.J. Hinch's lineup rolls.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Colby Rasmus is warming to October. He's one of 5 players to record an extra base hit in each of his first 5 postseason games. Nelson Cruz was the last to do it, in 2010.

Colby Rasmus hits second postseason HR

The Astros LF went deep in the wild-card game, and he just gave his team insurance with a solo shot to build Houston's lead to 5-2 over Kansas City in the eighth. Rasmus is the first Astro to homer in his team's first two games of a single postseason. Follow live

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Kendrys Morales just delivered the Royals' 5th ever multi-homer game in the postseason. His home runs came in the 2nd and 4th innings as the Royals pulled within 3-2 against the Astros. The last Royals multi-homer game in the playoffs came when George Brett hit two in the '85 ALCS vs. the Blue Jays.

Grounds crew member gets rolled over by tarp (0:19)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Astros and Royals are in a rain delay in Kansas City. The stoppage in play came at the end of the 2nd inning with the Astros leading 3-1. A member of the KC grounds crew was swallowed under the tarp as it was being unrolled, but appeared to be OK.

Astros plate 2 runs in the first

Houston loaded the bases with no outs off Royals RHP Yordano Ventura, and RBI groundouts from Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis put them up 2-0 before the Royals even came to the plate. This is the first start where Ventura has allowed multiple runs in the first inning since June 6. Follow live

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Can Royals shake up Astros' pitching?

Anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Royals didn't fare well against the Astros' rotation during the regular season. Houston's pitching staff averaged a 2.18 ERA against Kansas City. Moreover, they completely neutralized the Royals' power.


Astros' Game 1 starter: Collin McHugh

  • 2015 regular season: 19-7, 3.89 ERA
  • 1 career start vs. KC in 2014: 7 IP, 9 K, 0 ER

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Small sample size, but the Houston Astros' starting lineup is batting a collective .286 (10-for-35) lifetime against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Jason Castro is 4-for-8 (.500) while Jose Altuve is 1-for-7 (.143). They have 0 home runs and 4 RBIs.

Astros struggle on the road

The Astros face the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Game 1 of the ALDS tonight, but Houston has been better on the road: Their 33-48 away record is seventh-worst in MLB, and they're 12-22 on the road after the All-Star Break (fourth-worst).

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14hJerry Crasnick

Astros hold CF Gomez out of Game 1 vs. Royals

Astros manager A.J. Hinch held center fielder Carlos Gomez out of the starting lineup in Game 1 of the AL Division Series with a strained left intercostal.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25021st
On Base Percentage.31516th
Slugging Percentage.4372nd
Earned Run Average3.576th
Quality Starts945th

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