Astros get another late rally to secure the series win
Astros daily report: Astros 6, Yankees 3
The Astros looked to lock up a series win against the Yankees on Tuesday night. Here's how the game unfolded:
Final Score: Astros 6, Yankees 3
Record: 7-5, second in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Hector Rondon (1-0).
Losing pitcher: Chad Green (0-2).
Star of the game: Michael Brantley was huge for the Astros on Tuesday, starting with his leadoff double in the second inning that would result in him coming around to score Houston's first run, then later in the game tied things up with an RBI-double. He finished the night going three for five at the plate with the run and RBI.
Notes: After getting a couple of good plays from Carlos Correa's defense behind him in the top of the first, Gerrit Cole would allow a two-out solo home run to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. It didn't take the Astros long to tie the game, getting a sac fly from Yuli Gurriel to make it 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Jose Altuve made it back-to-back nights with crushed homers, getting a solo shot in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1 Houston. That score would hold for a few innings as Cole settled in, but he'd run into trouble in the top of the sixth after a botched double play left runners on the corners with one out, providing some momentum for New York that they took advantage of with a two-RBI double to take a 3-2 advantage. Cole would end up finishing seven innings, leaving still in a 3-2 deficit, making it another start where some bad luck and a few bad pitches cost him an otherwise solid start. He'd get bailed out in the bottom of the seventh, though, thanks to a two-out double from Alex Bregman followed by an RBI-double from Brantley to tie the game at three apiece. Hector Rondon kept the game tied with a scoreless top of the eighth, then the bats went to work, just like the night before, in the bottom of the eighth. Gurriel started things off with a single, then two one-out walks loaded the bases for George Springer who got his first hit of the night, a two-RBI double to put Houston back out in front 5-3. Altuve was next and took advantage of the one-out situation with a sac fly to get an insurance run and extend the lead to 6-3. Roberto Osuna had the ninth and retired the Yankees in order to get another save and secure the series win.
Up next: The Astros and Yankees will wrap up the series tomorrow night with first pitch at 6:40 PM. Collin McHugh will look to continue his solid early season for Houston, while his team will face a familiar face on the mound for New York, former Mariner James Paxton.