Rangers starter Jordan Montgomery and the Texas bullpen shut down the reigning champion Astros for a 2-0 win in Game One of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Montgomery had six strikeouts and allowed five hits through six-and-a-third scoreless frames of work to earn the win.
Josh Sborz, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Leclerc combined to allow zero hits to close out the game for Texas on the mound. Jonah Heim hit an RBI single in the second inning and Leody Taveras smacked a solo shot in the fifth to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 series lead.
Houston starter Justin Verlander was charged the loss after he let up two runs through six-and-two-thirds innings.
The Astros went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position in the losing effort. The series continues in Houston on Monday afternoon.