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HOUSTON – The Yankees fell to the Astros 1 – 2 Friday night, giving Houston a 1-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.

The Yankees’ last ALCS appearance was in 2012. The Astros are in the championship series for the first time since 2005.

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel faced the New York Yankees in the postseason for the second time.

Keuchel struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings to help Houston to a 2-1 victory on Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener.

“I think it’s just pitch execution, and it’s just been there more times than it hasn’t against the Yankees,” Keuchel said.

Keuchel threw six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over New York in the 2015 AL wild card game.

Houston is in the Championship Series for the first time since beating St. Louis in 2005. The Yankees, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Cleveland in the Division Series, lost their sixth straight ALCS game since 2010.

They face off again Saturday afternoon in Houston.