justin Verlander struck out 11 out of areas of strength for six and Yuli Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Jeremy Pena

all homered to drive the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees in their AL Title Series opener Wednesday night.

The Astros are in their 6th sequential ALCS, seeking arrive at the Worldwide championship

for the fourth time in that range, against a New York group in the LCS interestingly since being killed by Houston in 2019.

Verlander set a significant association record with the eighth twofold digit strikeout round of his postseason vocation

and passed Clayton Kershaw (213) to turn into the unequaled forerunner in strikeouts in the end of the season games with 219.

Pena, whose eighteenth inning homer finished a range of the Sailors in the ALDS, belted a homer off Frankie Montas to begin the seventh and stretch out the lead to 4-1

Montas was pitching interestingly since Sept. 16 due to a shoulder injury that kept him off the Division Series list.

He struck out Matt Craftsman to end the inning and pitched a 1-2-3 9th to get the four-out save.