Astros ace Justin Verlander continued to move up the all-time postseason charts during a dominant seven-inning outing on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their American League Division Series matchup.
Verlander blanked the Rays over seven innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out eight. Houston won 6-2, grabbing the quick series lead over the underdog Rays.
For Verlander, it was just another in a long line of postseason gems, and with each outing, he climbs the all-time postseason leaderboards.
"I never get complacent about what I've been able to do in the playoffs," Verlander said. "Each and every game is a new opportunity to go out and re-prove myself."
With his seventh strikeout — a whiff of Tampa Bay's Yandy Diaz in the seventh inning, — Verlander passed Roger Clemens for the third-most K's in postseason history.