Big error by Alex Bregman decisive in loss.
Playing in an extremely hostile environment, and unable to overcome a shaky start by Zack Greinke and a costly error by Alex Bregman, the Astros fell to the Yankees 7-3.
The Astros got off to an early lead on a solo homer by Alex Bregman in the first, his fifth of the year.
But the Yankees more than answered in their half of the inning, as the Bombers pounced on Astros starter Zack Greinke early and often.
D.J. Le Mahieu led off with a single, followed by Giancarlo Stanton’s 7th homer, lofted just over the wall in left field.
Greinke then proceeded to load the bases with no outs but got Clint Frazier to hit into a double play, scoring Aaron Judge, but limiting the run damage for the inning at three.
The Astros tied the score in the fourth inning on a Michael Brantley 415 foot bomb to right, his third, off starter Domingo German.
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German then allowed a single to Yordan Alvarez, who scored on a double by Yuli Gurriel off the top edge of the left-field wall that Gurriel thought had gone yard. With a full effort on the bases, Gurriel could have gotten a triple and possibly scored on the ensuing groundout.
The Yankees blew the game open on a serious error by Alex Bregman on a play reminiscent of the error he made Sunday.
With Brandon Bielak pitching, the Yankees had runners on first and third with two outs. At that point, Bryan Abreu came in and walked Roughned Odor to load the bases. LeMahieu hit a swinging bunt to third which Bregman attempted to field. His throw to first was errant, allowing three runs to score.
The Yankees scored their fourth run of the inning when Stanton singled home LeMahieu with a soft grounder against the shift to right. Stanton had four hits for the night.
On Bregman’s play, Roughned Odor inadvertently collided with catcher Martin Maldonado, apparently injuring his knee, while Maldonado suffered some kind of head or neck injury. Both players left the game. The full extent of both injuries is not known at this time.
Andre Scrubb and Joe Smith managed to hold the Yankees scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings respectively, but Scrubb allowed two baserunners, and Smith left the bases loaded.
Astros pitching allowed nine walks to go with the Yankees’ nine hits.
The Astros and Yankees tangle again tomorrow at 6:05 CDT. Luis Garcia takes on Jordan Montgomery.
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