Sometimes, an individual’s best is not enough for victory in a team sport.
Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, was nearly unhittable in his regular-season debut for the Cleveland Indians, but the Houston Astros managed one run in the bottom of the sixth inning and an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on the way to a 2-0 victory in front of 43,753 fans at Minute Maid Park Monday night.
After Kluber set down both left fielder Colby Rasmus and center fielder Jake Marisnick on strikes, Jose Altuve, Houston’s second baseman and the American League hits leader from a year ago, singled on a soft pop fly that dropped in front of Michael Bourn. Then, after Altuve stole base, he came around to score on an RBI single from right fielder George Springer.
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