New York (CBS HOUSTON) – Pitching on just three days rest for the first time in his career Dallas Keuchel looked like the Dallas Keuchel who won 20 games in the regular season for the Houston Astros on his way to a Wild Card game 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees. On Tuesday night, the Astros ace went six strong innings giving up two hits and really only getting into trouble in his first and last innings.
Keuchel was helped by a second inning home run by Colby Rasmus to get the Astros on the board and take a 1-0 lead. A fourth inning home run from Carlos Gomez, a no-doubter on the first pitch of the inning, increased Keuchel’s lead to 2-0. The Yankees got two runners on in the 6th against Keuchel, which required manager AJ Hinch to visit the mound. Hinch left his horse in the game and the front-runner for American League Cy Young got Alex Rodriguez to fly out to center to end the inning. That would end Keuchel’s night as he completed six innings giving up only three hits, one walk and striking out seven and surrendering no runs in his first Postseason appearance.
The Astros would add another run in the top of the seventh when Jose Altuve poked a bloop single into left field to plate Jonathan Villar from second base for the 3-0 lead.
Tony Sipp relieved Keuchel and in the bottom half of the seventh inning and allowed a baserunner on a walk, but got a strike out and fly out to end the threat.
Will Harris pitched a perfect 8th and Luke Gregerson closed out the game with a perfect ninth to seal the Astros victory.
With the win the Astros head to Kansas City on Thursday to play the defending American League Champions.