NEW YORK (AP) That's it for Yankees Astros this season.
At least until October
Luis Severino hit 11 in seven overpowering innings and defeated longtime Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel for the second time this month as New York's Houston 5-3 was crowned on Wednesday night.
Gary Sanchez snapped a 0-for-19 break-in with a two-run single and the Yankees took two out of three from the ruling World Series champions this week to the season Win series 5-2. Houston defeated New York in the 2017 AL Championship Series. The home team won all seven games.
"Look, it's great to compete against the best and succeed, no question," Yankee's first-year manager Aaron Boone said. "But I would say it's just a long season and I think that both sides are very confident that we have the chance to have special seasons."
The ace right-hander, who has not lost in Boston since April 10, threw a five-striker with 10 strikeouts for his first full career game in a 4-0 win over Keuchel in Houston on 2 May.
"He's elite for a reason, and I think we saw why tonight," said Astros manager AJ Hinch. "They're a good team and you have to play well to beat them and there are a few games here that we should have beat."
David Robertson beat two in a scoreless eighth and Aroldis Chapman scored three outs for his twelfth rescue in 13 chances.
Stassi, subbing for injured catcher Brian McCann, hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth before Chapman fanned George Springer with a 102 mph fastball to end it.
"Hopefully we will see each other in October," said Keuchel.
After Kevin Keuchel (3-7), who dominated the Yankees for years, dropped his third start against them – including the playoffs. The left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in five plus innings. Keuchel entered 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA and two complete games in 10 outings against New York, including three postseason starts.
"He knows how to beat," said Yankee catcher Austin Romine, who scored twice. "When you see someone often, you start picking up some tendencies."
The winner of the AL Cy Young Award went down two battles in the first inning and Jake Marisnick, sitting in the middle of the field, flew past Slugger Giancarlo Stanton
Sanchez rolled out a two-run single 3-2
"That pitch right there was a sinker out there and I just threw the bat on it so I was lucky there," Sanchez said through a translator.
Gleyber Torres redoubled to start the sixth and hit third from Didi Gregorius' single past a pulled infield, choking after Keuchel. Aaron Hicks finished 0-by-16 when he flanked a double RBI double by Collin McHugh after a cross from Marwin Gonzalez in the left-side box
"It just happens," said Keuchel. "Tough breaks."
Severino pulled back his first 11 Batteries and stroked seven of the first nine before AL MVP Jose Altuve jumped through an open, right-hand side.
"We were traveling there for a while," Romine said.
New York (35-17), who has won 17 of his last 21 at home, reached a season high in 18 games over .500. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 11 series.
Yuli Gurriel was called on the base trails as he clashed hard with Miguel Andujar when the Yankees' third baseman landed on the field Stassis Seventh-Inning-Ground. Andujar was hit on the left side of the head and was checked by a coach, but said he was alright. Gurriel has just thrown the wind, Hinch said. Both players finished the game.
Astros: Lowering SS Carlos Correa was back in the lineup one night, and it was Springer's turn to rest. Springer picked up two as a Pinch Hitter to finish seventh and remained in the game to play midfield. … by Derek Fisher (gastrointestinal discomfort) had a scheduled day off on his rehab job at Triple-A Fresno, Hinch said. … The team was waiting for an update on McCann (sore right knee) after being examined by doctors in Houston.
Yankees: RHP's Adam Warren, on the DL with back pain since April 21, threw 41 games over three goalless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Trenton. He allowed a strike and hit three. … 1B Greg Bird was rested and left Gregorius as the only left-handed batter in the starting XI against Keuchel.
Astros: Return home to face another 2017 playoff opponent in Boston. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (6-3, 3.98 ERA) launches a four-game series on Thursday night against LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 6.75 ERA).
Yankees: An 11-game road trip takes them in four cities, although they end in New York against cross-rival Mets at Citi Field. RHP Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA) is trying to retire from his last disappointing start on Thursday night in Baltimore. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5:07 ERA) goes for Orioles last place.
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