The Houston Astros may have the more feared rotation, but in Game 1 of the ALCS the New York Yankees got the superior performance from their starting pitcher.
Masahiro Tanaka struck out four and allowed just one hit over six innings as the Yankees won 7-0 and wrestled home field advantage away from the Astros.
Zack Greinke pitched well for Houston, scattering seven hits over six innings of his own. He allowed three runs and struck out six. He gave up an RBI double to Gleyber Torres and solo home runs to Torres and Giancarlo Stanton.
The Yankees got to Houston's bullpen as well, scoring insurance runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Torres continued his hot night with a two-RBI single. Gio Urshela homered in the final inning and Torres capped off his night with another RBI knock.
Aaron Boone moved Torres up to third in the batting for the first game of the ALCS and the move paid off. The 22-year-old became the youngest player ever to record five RBI in a playoff game.
The Astros had homered in 30 straight games, dating back to August 31.
The two teams will return to action Sunday night with James Paxton starting against Justin Verlander.