Dallas Keuchel has been unbeatable in Houston, but road games have prevented his season from reaching spectacular status.
The same disparity has held true for the Astros, and after his team lost a tight opener against the New York Yankees, the Houston ace will try to even the series and become the franchise's first 15-game winner in seven seasons Tuesday night in the Bronx.
Keuchel (14-6, 2.37 ERA) is 11-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 14 home starts after surrendering two runs in seven innings of Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. He didn't earn the decision in his first bid to be the first Astros pitcher to reach 15 wins since Roy Oswalt went 17-10 in 2008.
He's 3-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 11 on the road with losses in six of seven, including defeats in three straight starts with a 4.64 ERA.
Keuchel has made two career starts against the Yankees, beating them 4-0 at home with a six-hitter June 25 after giving up three runs over eight innings of a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 21, 2014.
His 4.53 groundball-to-flyball ratio leads baseball, which bodes well against the Yankees, whose 1.46 home runs per home game ranks fourth.
Carlos Beltran is 3 for 7 with a home run off Keuchel, and the veteran played a key role in the opener.
New York (69-55) won 1-0 on Monday on Beltran's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to climb into a first-place tie with Toronto in the AL East. It was his 11th RBI in 11 games, during which time he's batted .375 with runners in scoring position. He had six RBIs while hitting .120 in those situations over his previous 27.
Alex Rodriguez's struggles continued with an 0-for-3 night, giving him a .151 average in 20 games in August.
The win got New York to 5-3 on a 10-game homestand, while Houston (69-57) lost for the 16th time in 19 road contests. The Astros are scoring 2.2 runs per game, yet they remain 3 1/2 up on Texas for first in the West.
They've gone 20 straight innings without scoring at Yankee Stadium.
"These are exciting games. I wish we would have won," manager A.J. Hinch said. "One-run games are tough losses, but you'll see tomorrow that we're a resilient team. We'll bounce back and be better."
Colby Rasmus is hitting .045 in his last eight games overall, Marwin Gonzalez is at .056 in his past six and Carlos Gomez is batting .117 without an extra-base hit in his last 17. Rasmus is a .135 hitter at Yankee Stadium, but he's 2 for 5 off Ivan Nova (5-5, 3.72).
The right-hander allowed three runs in five innings of Thursday's 3-2 home loss to Cleveland, giving him a 1-2 mark and 5.19 ERA in his last three starts with both losses coming in the Bronx.
"You're going to have days like this," Nova said. "Not going to feel perfect every time you go out there."
That was the case in his only career start against the Astros - a 4-2 road win April 3, 2014 - but he earned the victory after giving up two runs and six hits with five walks in 5 2-3 innings. Jed Lowrie is 4 for 8 with a triple and a double against Nova.