The Associated Press
HOUSTON–Jose Altuve hit the ball a really long way. Carlos Correa did just the opposite to win the game for the Houston Astros.
Altuve homered to the train tracks above left field to get the Astros on the board, and Correa’s broken-bat RBI infield single in the eighth inning helped them rally past the New York Yankees 4-3 last night for their fourth-straight victory.
Aaron Judge went deep off Houston ace Justin Verlander as New York built a 3-1 lead in a matchup between AL powerhouses that met in the 2017 league championship series. Robinson Chirinos tied it with a two-run double in the seventh against Zack Britton.
The game was tied with one out in the eighth when Adam Ottavino (1-1) walked Alex Bregman before a single by Michael Brantley sent Bregman to third.
Correa then shattered his bat on a grounder that dribbled up the first base line, allowing Bregman to score.
The Astros trailed by two and had runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh when Chirinos doubled off Britton. The burly 5-foot-11, 225-pound Tyler White scored from first when he slid in just ahead of the tag by catcher Gary Sanchez.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) extended his scoreless streak to 22 1/3 innings with a perfect eighth to get the win. Roberto Osuna pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
Correa and Chirinos finished with two hits apiece.
A day after hitting seven homers in a 15-3 win over the Orioles, the Yankees got a solo shot from Judge in the fifth but were shut down by Houston’s bullpen in the last three innings, snapping their three-game winning streak.
New York starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one earned run in his third straight start, scattering three hits over six innings.
Verlander yielded seven hits and three runs in six innings.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the third on two walks and a single. Luke Voit’s single gave New York a 1-0 lead, but Verlander retired the next two batters to limit the damage.
Houston tied it in the fourth when the 5-foot-6 Altuve sent a drive 448 feet onto the train tracks above left field.
New York quickly regained the lead when Judge launched a fastball from Verlander over the short wall in right for an opposite-field homer in the fifth.
DJ LeMahieu doubled with two outs in the sixth and the Yankees padded their lead when Clint Frazier hit an RBI single off the left field wall to make it 3-1.
In other MLB action yesterday, the Rays defeated the White Sox 5-1; the Cubs blanked the Pirates 10-0; the Orioles soared past the Athletics 12-4; the Phillies edged the Nationals 4-3; the Cardinals nipped the Dodgers 4-3; the Mariners defeated the Royals 13-5; the Braves downed the Rockies 8-6; the Padres nipped the Giants 6-5, and the Angels conquered the Brewers 5-2.