Starters come out in control as we are scoreless through 3 innings. In the 4th the Astros would break through with a run as Art Howe hits a sac fly to center scoring Cesar Cedano. In the 5th the Astros would bust the game wide open scoring 6 runs, knocking Gale out of the game and roughing up the Royals bullpen. Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby would huge 2 run doubles a piece the big blows. The Astros would add 2 more runs to the Royals misery in the 6th as Joe Morgan would go deep to right for a 2 run homer.
The rest Niekro would take care of as he would go the distance only allowing one run as the Astros win 9-1 and take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Final Score: Astros 9, Royals 1
WP: Joe Niekro (2-0)
LP: Rich Gale (0-1)
HR’s: Astros – Joe Morgan (1)