The Yankees defeated the defending World Series champion Astros 4-0 in Houston on Wednesday night. Luis Severino got the start for the Yankees, and he would be the only pitcher the Yankees needed as he turned in his first ever complete game shutout. After back-to-back 0-4, three strikeout games for Giancarlo Stanton, he stepped up and drove in all four of the game’s runs. Stanton got the scoring started in the top of the first against Dallas Keuchel, as he went to the opposite field for a two-run shot to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless second and third, Stanton struck again, this time with a solo home run into the Crawford Boxes in left field off Keuchel to make it a 3-0 game. Severino continued to frustrate the Astros’ hitters, and the Yankees held their 3-0 lead until the eighth inning, when Stanton’s fourth RBI on his third hit of the night, this one an RBI double off of Hector Rondon, made it 4-0 Yanks.
Severino recorded the final six outs of the game while allowing only one more hit, a two-out double in the ninth by Josh Reddick to cap off his first career complete-game shutout. He finished with a line of 9 innings pitched, five hits, no runs, one walk, and ten strikeouts. He also kept his pitch count in check, throwing 110 total in the most dominant outing of his young career. The Yankees will look to get the series win tomorrow in the final game of this four-game set. Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball, coming off a solid start in last Monday’s blowout win over the Twins at Yankee Stadium. Lance McCullers Jr., last seen by the Yankees in a masterful relief outing in Game 7 of the ALCS last year, will start for Houston. First pitch is at 2:10 PM ET.