SAN DIEGO (AP) – After the Houston Astros’ hits all over Dodger Stadium last week, they found it much more difficult to hit effectively after dropping a little further south of the coast for the NFL Championship series. National League.
Tamba Bay limited the Astros stars to nine hits – just one from extra-base hits – in the Rays’ 2-1 win Sunday to open the series at Petco Park.
Houston’s offense that dazzled in the postseason against Minnesota and Oakland was left in a feint in San Diego, at least after José Altuve’s home run in the first inning, the Astros’ 14th homers in these playoffs and the 13th in the last five games.
The Astros didn’t get any more big hits off Blake Snell and the Rays bullpen. They started comebacks in five different innings, but failed to complete the offense-
Snell (1-0) took the victory, while Framber Valdez took the loss and Diego Castillo signed a save.
For the Astros, the Venezuelan José Altuve 5-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 2-0; Martín Maldonado 3-0. The Cubans Yulieski Gurriel 2-0; Aledmys Diaz 4-1.
For the Rays, Cubans Randy Arozarena 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI; Yandy Díaz 2-1. The Dominicans Willy Adames 2-0 with a run scored; Manuel Margot 2-0.