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Yankees fall to rival Astros in pitchers’ duel

HOUSTON — The Yankees have performed 14 groups and have a profitable file in opposition to all however considered one of them.

It shouldn’t be exhausting to give you the exception, because the Yankees lost to the Astros, 2-1, on Thursday — and have lost three of the crew’s 5 conferences thus far this year.

This one snapped the Yankees’ four-game profitable streak, as they opened a 10-game, four-city journey in entrance of a sellout crowd of 40,674 at Minute Maid Park in a make-up recreation that initially was scheduled for the primary week of the common season, however pushed again due to the MLB lockout.

The loss dropped the Yankees’ MLB-best file to 56-21, as Luis Severino, going through a lineup with out Yordan Alvarez and Jeremy Pena — injured once they collided into one another making an attempt to make a play on Wednesday, was out-dueled by Luis Garcia.

Severino allowed only a pair of runs in six innings — thanks to a two-run double by Alex Bregman in the third — however the Yankees solely got here up with an Anthony Rizzo homer in the sixth.

Alex Bregman's two-run double off Luis Severino in the third innings was the difference in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Astros.
Alex Bregman’s two-run double off Luis Severino in the third innings was the distinction in the Yankees’ 2-1 loss to the Astros.
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The Yankees managed only a stroll in opposition to Garcia till the third, when Joey Gallo walked and DJ LeMahieu singled with one out.

But Aaron Judge flied to middle and Rizzo struck out to finish their first menace of the evening.

The Astros — who’ve gained 5 of six — loaded the bases in the underside of the inning, as Severino allowed a leadoff double to Jake Meyers and two-out walks to Aledymas Diaz and Kyle Tucker.

After strolling Tucker in a nine-pitch at-bat, Severino gave up a two-run double off the left-field wall to Bregman.

The inning ended in wild trend, as Severino was having issues with PitchCom and took the machine out of his hat, which led Tucker to break for dwelling, however Severino recovered in time to get the ball to Jose Trevino for the ultimate out and hold it a two-run recreation.

Severino then retired the ultimate 9 batters he confronted earlier than leaving after six innings.

The Yankees lastly bought to Garcia in the sixth.

After the right-hander whiffed Judge to begin the inning, Rizzo fell behind, 0-2, earlier than ripping a homer to proper to minimize the deficit to 2-1.

Anthony Rizzo belts a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Yankees' loss.
Anthony Rizzo belts a solo dwelling run in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ loss.
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It snapped a 1-for-34 skid for Rizzo and ended Garcia’s evening.

Giancarlo Stanton singled off Ryne Stanek and Gleyber Torres drew a two-out stroll, however Trevino grounded out and the Yankees dropped to 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Hector Neris and Rafael Montero pitched scoreless innings out of the Houston bullpen earlier than Ryan Pressly, who had a blown save in opposition to the Yankees final week, bought by way of the ninth to protect the win.

Before the sport, Aaron Boone acknowledged the make-up recreation —sandwiched between Wednesday’s win in The Bronx over the A’s and Friday’s sequence opener in opposition to the Guardians in Cleveland, was “challenging” — particularly in the midst of a stretch of 20 days with out an off day.

“Every crew in the league has to undergo tough situations,’’ Boone stated.

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