The Yankees came from behind to defeat the Astros by a score of 6-5 on Tuesday night. CC Sabathia got the start and once again was not sharp, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out four and walking two over 5+ innings of work. Brett Gardner got the Yankees on the board early, hitting the second pitch from Charlie Morton into the right field seats in the first inning to put the Yankees up 1-0. The Astros would answer quickly though on an Evan Gattis solo shot in the very next frame to tie it at 1. Gleyber Torres got the Yankees the lead back in the next half inning with an RBI single to score Miguel Andújar.
The Astros took their first lead of the night on a two-run double in the fourth by Marwin Gonzalez to score Gattis and JD Davis, putting Houston up 3-2. Some sloppy defense cost the Yankees a couple more runs in the fifth when men who reached on errors came around to score. An RBI single by Yuli Gurriel to score Alex Bregman and a sacrifice fly by Gattis to bring home Jose Altuve put Houston in front 5-2. Aaron Judge got one of the runs back for the Yankees the bottom of the fifth on an opposite field solo home run off Morton to make it a 5-3 game.
The Yankees stayed in the game due to strong relief pitching, and after a leadoff walk to Andújar in the ninth, Brett Gardner connected for his second home run on the night and fourth of the season to tie the game at 5. Chris Devenski managed to get the Astros out of the inning without any further damage, and after a scoreless but still dramatic top of the tenth from Aroldis Chapman, Andújar hit a two-out double, and Gleyber Torres stepped up to the plate looking for his second walk-off hit in his young career. He delivered just that on a single to right field that scored Andújar and won the game 6-5 for the Yankees.
The Yankees move to 34-17 on the season, and will look to secure their second series win against Houston in 2018 tomorrow night for the final game of this three game set. Yankees’ ace Luis Severino will get the start coming off a solid, but not Severino-like performance in his last outing which came last Friday against the Angels. Longtime Yankee enemy Dallas Keuchel will get the ball for the Astros as he will look to improve on a so far less than stellar season. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM ET.