It wasn’t but one game ago in this American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays that this column touched on the Astros’ worrisome struggles with runners in scoring position, and those chickens came home to roost in the Rays’ 10-3 win Monday at Tropicana Field.

After Jose Altuve’s solo home run gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, there was a chance to pile on multiple runs early in the game with a two-out rally when Alex Bregman drew a walk and a two-base error put two runners in scoring position. That opportunity was squandered.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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