Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – Left-hander Dallas Keuchel was dominant through seven innings but things fell apart in the eighth, and the Astros lost to the Royals 7-3. Keuchel went seven complete innings allowing just one run on two hits while striking out four. He is just the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go seven or more innings and allow two hits or less in his first two starts of the season, the most recent being Nolan Ryan in 1979.
“Been feeling pretty good, so I’m just trying to ride the high of last start into this start,” Keuchel said.
Things unraveled in the eighth when Luke Gregerson came out of the bullpen in relief. He got just one out and allowed six runs on five hits, two of them being home runs. It led to the Astros’ third straight loss after winning the first three of the season.
“Just an unfortunate turn of events there in the eighth, but a good showing for seven,” Dallas said. “We got to kind of get ourselves back on track again and get all three phases of the game working.”
Astros Manager A.J. Hinch was obviously very happy with Keuchel’s performance. In hindsight, he said he did not wish he left Dallas in to finish the game. The plan was to go from Gregerson to closer Ken Giles, like a typical night.
“It sort of mapped out exactly how we would’ve wanted,” Hinch said. “Dallas did his job, that’s a good game. I thought he was in control… It certainly spoils the night for him.”
Derek Fogel, reporter/host @FogelSaidWhat