Astros road struggles continue during World Series Game 1 loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If the Astros are going to deliver Houston its first World Series title the team will need to figure out how to score runs on the road, something it has struggled to do all postseason long.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have home field advantage in the best-of-seven series so the road-weary Astros are going to need to win at least one game outside of the confines of Minute Maid Park to take the crown.

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The Astros offense was not up to the task during their 3-1 Game One loss on Tuesday, mustering just three hits and barely putting pressure on the Dodgers pitchers.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch downplayed the team's road struggles during a postgame press conference, instead pointing to the sensational performance by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 11 and walked none over seven solid innings.

"Tonight is about Kershaw," he said when asked about the Astros' inability to score runs on the road.

"They had two big swings, we had one... It's no more complicated than that."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Fans cheer for Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: A detail shot of the World Series logo on the sleeve of a Houston Astros jersey during Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros reacts after allowing a two-run home run to Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Yasiel Puig #66 after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Carlos Correa #1 after hitting solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros is pulled by manager A.J. Hinch during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after defeating the Houston Astros 3-1 in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers players including Charlie Culberson (37) celebrate in the dugout after defeating the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrates with catcher Austin Barnes (15) after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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While a two-run blast by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner did prove the difference on Tuesday, the offensive numbers for the Astros this postseason are not pretty.

While the team is a perfect 6-0 at home, they are just 1-4 on the road, where they have plated an average of just 2.6 runs.

They lost all three games they played at Yankees Stadium during the American League Championship series and needed a Game Seven win in Houston to advance to the Fall Classic.

To make matters worse, their pitchers have also struggled on the road, posting an ugly 7.24 ERA during away games compared to a 1.17 ERA at home.

The good news for the Astros is they will have ace Justin Verlander on the mound on Wednesday.

The hard throwing right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA in the postseason this year.

"It's a tough lead when you go up against Kershaw," Hinch said. "But it's going to be a tough lead when you go against Verlander."

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