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Astros 3, Yankees 0: Astros Win Wild Card And Head To KC

Power from the offense and finesse from the mound lead Astros to victory.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

This incredible season gets to keep going.  The Astros went into the Bronx and beat the Yankees in their own house.  The won the same way they did all season long, great pitching and power hitting.

Dallas Keuchel looked a little amped up in the first inning.  He threw quite a few pitches but got out of the inning working around one walk.  After that first inning he began to cruise.  He allowed only one hit through the first five innings, and at one point sat down ten in a row. His first trouble came in the sixth inning when he gave up a couple of hits to Didi Gregorious and Carlos Beltran.  With two outs A.J. Hinch came out for a visit, but left his ace in there.  On the next pitch he got Alex Rodriguez to hit a lazy fly ball to center to end the threat.

He got some run support early in the form of two homers.  One in the second inning from Colby Rasmus deep into the right field seats.  Carlos Gomez followed that up in the fourth inning with one of his own to left center for a 2-0 lead.  They left a few runners on in the early going.  The bases were loaded in the second inning but they couldn't get another run in.  George Springer started the third inning off with a line drive double, but never moved from second base.

In the top of the seventh, facing super-reliever Dellin Betances, Chris Carter drew his third walk of the night.  Jonathan Villar came in to run for Carter and stole second base.  Jose Altuve followed with a typical Altuve swing that dropped in for a hit and allowed Villar to score from second for a 3-0 lead.

Keuchel was done after the sixth.  He gave up no runs on three hits, one walk and struck out seven.  The bullpen came in and did a great job shutting down the Yankees, and now the team heads to Kansas City to start the AL Divisional Series on Thursday.

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