Keuchel: 'The results were better'
The Astros went extra innings for the second straight game, and for the second straight game they wound up on the wrong end of the score, losing to the Indians 2-1 in 11 innings in the first game of a four-game series in Cleveland. Matt Carson lined a shot past Jose Altuve to drive in the winning run for the Indians.
The Astros had the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning and a runner at second with nobody out in the tenth but couldn’t get a run in either inning.
Dallas Keuchel was every bit the equal of the Indians’ Ubaldo Jimenez and the game settled into a good old fashioned pitchers duel after the first two innings. Keuchel gave up a Nick Swisher double followed by a Jason Kipnis single in the first inning to allow his only run of the game. Only one Indians player reached second base after the first inning. The Astros left-hander gave up seven hits and walked one, striking out seven.
Outside of the second inning Jimenez handled the Astros lineup in quick order. Jimenez gave up three straight singles to start the second inning to load the bases, but got out of the inning allowing just one run on a L.J. Hoes sacrifice fly. From that point on, Jimenez was spectacular. He only allowed three other hits and struck out nine Astros hitters.
Kevin Chapman pitched a scoreless eighth and Josh Zeid pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Keuchel.
Rhiner Cruz came in to pitch in the 10th inning and gave up a walk and three hits to take the loss for Houston.
Jimenez has the ability to overwhelm opposing batters, and outside of Marc Krauss he did that for the most part. Krauss had two of the Astros’ six hits off Jimenez, and finished with three hits in the game, but Jonathan Villar and Brett Wallace struck out three times while Trevor Crowe struck out twice against Jimenez. Wallace added a fourth strike out in the ninth inning with one out and the bases loaded.
Outside of the second inning, the Astros hitters had their best chances to score after Jimenez was pulled after the seventh inning. Houston put runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth inning, loading the bases with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t push a second run across the plate.
Matt Dominguez looked to be in some pain after he was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning and left for a pinch runner. His status is not yet available.
Game two of the series with the Indians. Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 2.98 ERA) will be tasked with snapping the Astros six-game losing streak on Friday night. McAllister (8-9, 3.96 ERA) will pitch for the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05. Coverage on CSN Houston begins with Astros Pregame Live at 5:30.