KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Collin McHugh and the Astros beat the Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching and stingy defense for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series.
McHugh allowed four hits, including a pair of solo homers by Kendrys Morales, while pitching around a 49-minute rain delay. The right-hander lasted six innings before turning the game over to his bullpen, which scattered three runners over the final three innings.
Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Oliver Perez got the game to Luke Gregerson, who handled the ninth to earn the save.
George Springer and Colby Rasmus went deep for the homer-happy Astros, but they also scored via the same small ball the Royals used in reaching the World Series last season.
Yordano Ventura yielded three runs on four hits and a walk in two innings for Kansas City but did not come back after the delay.
The Astros, who struggled mightily on the road this season, have apparently solved their woes just in time. They beat the Yankees 3-0 in New York in Tuesday's wild-card game, then took care of a Royals club built specifically for spacious Kauffman Stadium.
Houston's win made it the first time since 1970 that visiting teams won baseball's first four postseason games, STATS said. The other two times: 1906 and 1923.