Colby Rasmus’ bat carried the Astros through much of their now-ended playoff run.
Carlos Correa’s bat nearly delivered an American League Division Series victory when he pounded two home runs and added an RBI double Monday during Game 4 at Minute Maid Park.
When it counted most in the series’ decisive game Wednesday against the Royals and Johnny Cueto at Kauffman Stadium, neither was a factor for Houston at the plate.
Rasmus, who entered Game 5 batting .500 with four home runs this postseason, took a hat trick against Cueto. He struck out looking in the second and went down swinging in the fourth and seventh.
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Correa fared a bit better, but still endured an unproductive night. He chased Rios to the warning track in right field with a first-inning flyball then lined sharply to Lorenzo Cain in center field in the fourth.
Leading off the seventh inning, Correa ripped a liner that appeared ticketed for the right-center gap, but the Royals second baseman retreated a couple of steps and snared the shot with a leap before tumbling into the outfield grass.
Of course, it wasn’t just Rasmus and Correa.
Houston didn’t have a baserunner, much less a hit, after Luis Valbuena’s second-inning home run staked the Astros to a 2-0 lead.
Cueto retired the next 19 batters and Wade Davis tossed a perfect ninth to close out the series when George Springer’s deep fly to right settled into Paulo Orlando’s glove.