Jose Altuve drew a bases-loaded stroll to pressure within the go-ahead run within the ninth inning for Houston after a two-out error by shortstop Jorge Polanco, and the Astros beat Minnesota 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff collection and stretch the Twins’ all-time document postseason dropping streak to 17 video games.
Recreation 2 within the best-of-three wild-card matchup is Wednesday at Goal Area.
Michael Brantley tacked on a two-run single within the ninth after Sergio Romo issued a full-count stroll to the 5-foot-6 Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP who had a quiet season on the plate.
Framber Valdez, who made 10 regular-season begins for the Astros, pitched 5 scoreless innings in aid of Zack Greinke for the victory to maintain the bullpen contemporary for the remainder of the collection. Valdez allowed his solely two hits with one out within the ninth, however Willians Astudillo grounded right into a double play to finish the sport.
Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli known as for Romo, the fifth of six pitchers, to start out the ninth. The Astros loaded the bases on two singles to start out the inning after which the crippling two-out error, when Polanco’s throw to second base after a straight-at-him grounder was low to blow the forceout.
Minnesota’s earlier win within the playoffs was notched in New York on Oct. 5, 2004, in Recreation 1 of the AL division collection. That was additionally the final scoreless postseason begin for a Twins pitcher — seven shutout innings by AL Cy Younger Award winner Johan Santana — till Kenta Maeda’s on this recreation.
The Twins misplaced 13 straight instances to the Yankees after that, together with a three-game sweep within the AL division collection final 12 months. The Twins have didn’t advance in eight straight rounds, since beating Oakland in 5 video games within the AL division collection in 2002.
Minnesota broke the document for consecutive postseason losses in main North American sports activities — the Twins had been tied with NHL’s Chicago workforce, who dropped 16 straight within the NHL playoffs from 1975-79.
The Astros misplaced their earlier postseason recreation — that was Recreation 7 of the World Collection final 12 months, at residence to Houston.
Giolito almost good, White Sox down A’s
Lucas Giolito dazzled in his post-season debut, stymieing the Oakland Athletics by means of six good innings and sending the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory within the opener of their best-of-three wild-card collection Tuesday.
Giolito (1-0) yelled in delight after placing out the aspect within the sixth, rapidly strolling again to the dugout along with his arms to his aspect.
Giolito received loads of assist: Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and Adam Engel additionally related for Chicago. Yasmani Grandal homered within the eighth.
Alex Colome, Chicago’s third reliever, labored the ninth for a save within the 2-hour, 53-minute recreation.
Earlier than the one by La Stella, Jake Lamb’s line drive to centre within the fifth was the hardest-hit ball towards Giolito by the highly effective A’s, whose offence struggled down the stretch.
Now, Oakland should win Recreation 2 on Wednesday at residence to keep away from one other early playoff exit.
The A’s are within the post-season for a 3rd straight 12 months, having misplaced within the AL wild card recreation every of the previous two seasons after 97 wins each instances. They superior simply as soon as throughout 11 earlier playoff journeys since 2000, reaching the 2006 AL Championship Collection earlier than being swept by Detroit.
Ramon Laureano’s groundout within the eighth scored Oakland’s lone run.
Engel crushed an 0-2 fastball for a 1-Zero White Sox lead within the second earlier than Abreu homered within the third towards 22-year-old lefty Jesus Luzardo.
Chicago was anticipating a contemporary begin within the playoffs after dropping seven of eight to complete the common season, two on walk-offs.
The White Sox snapped a string of seven consecutive dropping seasons to achieve the post-season for the primary time since successful the AL Central in 2008.