Dallas Keuchel leads Astros to ALCS Game 1 win

Thanks to Dallas Keuchel, the Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night.

Keuchel struck out 10 -- a postseason record by an Astros left-hander -- and was backed by key contributions from longtime teammates Jose Altuve, who beat out an infield single and scored the first run in a two-run fourth, and Marwin Gonzalez, who threw out a runner at the plate to end the top of the fifth and preserve the shutout.

Keuchel joined Mike Scott and Nolan Ryan as the only Astros pitchers to have at least 10 strikeouts in the postseason.

"I felt pretty good early and they had a good game plan. It was similar to the Red Sox, where they were giving me the outer half and daring me to throw strikes.

"I kind of faltered in the fourth and fifth, but I was lucky to get it back. A few cutters that were misfired and a little high. I was lucky enough to get it back and continue.

"We knew coming in they were going to be hot. We were fortunate enough to make some pitches, get some early outs and get the crowd into it, get them involved.

"They're a good team for a reason. We played them twice in the regular season, once at our place and once at theirs, and they have been all good games.

"This is what you want in your championship series, and we hope to get to four wins before they do," Keuchel said in a postgame interview.

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