NEW YORK – Luis Severino struck eleven out of seven overpowering innings and defeated longtime Yankees archenemy Dallas Keuchel for the second time this year when New York beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Gary Sanchez made a 0-for-19 break with a two-run single and the Yankees took two out of three of the reigning World Series champions this week to win the season's series 5-2. Houston defeated New York in the 2017 AL Championship Series, with the home team winning all seven games.
If these budding rivals meet again this year, it will be in October.
Severino (8-1) dropped four hits, including Max Stassis two-run homer, and went one in his sixth consecutive decision. The ace right-hander, who has not lost since April 10 in Boston, threw a five-striker with 10 strikeouts for his first full game in a 4-0 win over Keuchel on May 2 in Houston.
David Robertson beat two in a scoreless eighth and Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 12th defense 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 to finish it.
Keuchel (3-7) after dominating the Yankees for years dropped his third straight start against them – including the playoffs. The left-hander posted four runs and seven wins in five plus innings.
Keuchel entered the 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA and two complete games in 10 games against New York, including three postseason starts.
The 2015 The winner of the AL Cy Young Award went down two battles in the first inning and center fielder Jake Marisnick jumped on a victim fly by defeating slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Sanchez rolled a two-run single through an open-right side with two outs in fifth to bring the Yankees into the lead 3-2.
Gleyber Torres doubled to start the sixth and scored third on Didi Gregorius' single by an infield that chased Keuchel. Aaron Hicks hurled an RBI double from Collin McHugh later in the inning, which dropped by Marwan Gonzalez in the left field.
Severino pulled off his first 11 battters and stroked seven of his first nine, before AL MVP Jose Altuve bounced a single by a wide-open right-hand side.
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 are 14-4 against left-handers and have won 10 of their last 11 completed series.
Astros: Lowering SS Carlos Correa was back in the lineup one night, and Springer paused his turn. 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, manager AJ 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, back in the DL since April 21, threw 41 places over three scoreless 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: Returns home to face another 2017 playoff opponent in Boston. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (6-3, 3.98 ERA) kick-starts a series of four games against LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 6.75 ERA) on Thursday night.
Yankees: A Roadtrip with 11 Play them in four cities, even though 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 to last place Orioles.
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