It looks like the Cy Young version of Dallas Keuchel is back after his most recent outing and Friday's seven shutout innings that led to a 3-1 triumph over Oakland at Minute Maid Park. Keuchel gave up just three hits and struck out three.
Keuchel: Just a walk in the park
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Houston took the lead for good in the third inning when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve took Sean Manaea deep. Bregman's traveled into the right field stands (his 14th of the year) while Altuve spanked his 19th into the Crawford Boxes.
The Astros added another run in the the sixth when Yuli Gurriel ripped a one-out single. A wild pitch moved him into scoring position then a base hit by Josh Reddick got him home.
Meanwhile, Keuchel was firmly in command. Chris Devenski took over in the eighth and allowed a solo homer to Matt Joyce for Oaklnd's only tally. Ken Giles came in and shut done the rest for his 24th save.
A Friday night crowd of 30,908 watched the under-three hour match. Collin McHugh (0-2) will try again for his first win of the season on Saturday. His last two outings were not bad. He's just looking for a start to get him over the hump. Kendall Graveman (3-3) will pitch for Oakland in the 6:10 Central start.
- Bob Hulsey