Chiri­nos’ dou­ble helps As­tros de­feat Yan­kees

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL -

Robin­son Chiri­nos hit a two-run, game-ty­ing dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning, and Car­los Cor­rea drove in the go-ahead run an in­ning later as the Hous­ton As­tros ral­lied for a 4-3 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing New York Yan­kees on Mon­day.

Chiri­nos drove home Yuli Gur­riel and Tyler White with his two-out dou­ble off the wall in front of the Hous­ton bullpen, strik­ing his blow against Yan­kees left-han­der Zack Brit­ton, who sur­ren­dered a lead­off sin­gle to Cor­rea af­ter en­ter­ing in re­lief of starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Cor­rea hit an RBI sin­gle in the eighth to score Alex Breg­man, who had worked a one-out walk against righthander Adam Ot­tavino (1-1).

The As­tros stretched their win­ning streak to four games. Ryan Pressly (10) earned the win with a per­fect eighth in­ning while closer Roberto Osuna notched his third save with a six-pitch ninth.

Cor­rea fin­ished 2-for-4 while Breg­man went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Chiri­nos’ op­po­site-field hit lifted As­tros right-han­der Justin Ver­lan­der off the hook. Ver­lan­der la­bored over six in­nings, al­low­ing three runs, seven hits and two walks on 111 pitches.

While Ver­lan­der sur­ren­dered only one run in the third, that in­ning set the tone for the re­main­der of his out­ing.

Ver­lan­der needed 31 pitches to es­cape the third, when Yan­kees des­ig­nated hit­ter Luke Voit de­liv­ered an op­po­site-field sin­gle with one out and the bases loaded for a 1-0 lead. Ver­lan­der re­cov­ered by record­ing one-pitch outs against Gary Sanchez and Gley­ber Tor­res, but the Yan­kees con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure un­til Ver­lan­der was lifted.

Aaron Judge, who en­tered 0-for-13 in his ca­reer against Ver­lan­der, went 2-for-2 with a walk over his first three plate ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing an op­po­site-field home run with one out in the fifth. Judge (2-for-3, two walks) en­abled the Yan­kees to re­claim a one-run lead with his third homer.

With two outs in the sixth, the Yan­kees stretched their ad­van­tage to 3-1 when left fielder Clint Fra­zier fol­lowed a dou­ble to left-cen­ter by DJ LeMahieu with an RBI sin­gle off the score­board in left.

Tanaka al­lowed just one run on three hits and two walks over six in­nings, but the New York bullpen proved un­able to pre­serve that ad­van­tage.

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