Keuchel owned the day
(c) Associated Press
The Astros rolled into Cleveland and took the first game of a three-game series by a score of 4-2 thanks to an outstanding effort by Dallas Keuchel and an equally impressive performance by Josh Reddick.
Keuchel went the distance, throwing 117 pitches in a six-hitter that featured five strikeouts and six walks. Keuchel moves to 4-0 for the season and his ERA actually went up -- to 1.22. Keuchel got help from Reddick on both offense and defense Tuesday evening. Forced into centerfield duty and batting leadoff with George Springer nursing a hammy and Jake Marisnick on the disabled list, Josh stroked a two-run single in the fifth to put Houston on top 3-1. And, in the bottom of the inning, Reddick made a leaping catch to rob Jason Kipnis of a home run.
Reddick also delivered an insurance run with a ninth-inning single off super-lefty Andrew Miller that plated Evan Gattis.
Michael Brantley closed the gap to 4-2 with a solo shot in the ninth but Keuchel was able to finish what he started when Carlos Correa made a diving stop of Brandon Guyer's hard hit grounder and threw to first for the final out.
The Astros improved to 7-2 on the road and now lead Oakland by 3-1/2 games pending the outcome of the Athletics' game in Anaheim Tuesday night.
Things got scary for Astros fans in the bottom of the eighth when Jose Altuve and Teoscar Hernandez collided with each other in rightfield while going after a fly ball off the bat of Yan Gomes. Hernandez, who had just been called up earlier in the day to take Marisnick's spot on the roster, suffered a leg contusion and had to be carted from the field. Altuve was also removed from the game with what was later reported to be a left shoulder injury. Both players should be considered day-to-day at this time.
- Greg Thurston