The panic begins to set in for Houston Astros fans as the Astros started the 2016 season slow with a 3-7 record. But a mix of Dallas Keuchel and Minute Maid Park make things right. The Astros won 1-0 over the Detriot Tigers on Friday.
The pitching and defense were clicking early for the Astros. In the first inning, Keuchel picked up a strikeout of Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez threw out Ian Kinsler attempting to go first to third on a Miguel Cabrera single.
The Astros got on the board first in the bottom of the inning. George Springer single and Carlos Correa walked to put a runner in scoring position. Colby Rasmus singled home Springer with a line drive to left.
The lone run would be all the Astros need with Kecheul on the mound. Kecheul had 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning.
Over eight innings, Keuchel scattered eight hits, struck out eight and walked one for the Win. Luke Gregerson had an uneventful ninth inning, retiring Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez.
The Astros bats couldn't find the key hit to break the game open on Friday. Jason Castro stole a base in the fourth to put himself in scoring position but was stranded as Springer hit a laser right to J.D. Martinez. The Astros went down in order in the fifth through eighth innings.
Keuchel, the 2015 Cy Young award winner, carried the Astros to victory on Friday.