Volpe helps Yankees break the tie, beat Astros 4-3

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New York Yankees 4, Houston Astros 3

NEW YORK — Anthony Volpe played a key role by hitting a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 triumph over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. The game served as a rematch of last season’s American League Championship Series, adding to the excitement of the victory.

Uniquely, Giancarlo Stanton and Billy McKinney showcased their power by smashing back-to-back home runs in the opening inning, igniting the New York Yankees‘ triumph over the Astros at their home ground, marking the first time since June 26, 2022. The game held significance as Houston had previously secured a four-game ALCS sweep of New York with two wins in the Bronx.

Adding to their feat, the Yankees secured their second consecutive victory on Thursday, following their win against the Tampa Bay Rays the night before. Remarkably, this marked the first time since July 3-4, when they defeated the Baltimore Orioles, that New York achieved consecutive wins against opponents with winning records.

Michael King (3-4) showcased his prowess as the third of five New York pitchers, earning a well-deserved win with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit brilliance. Meanwhile, Clay Holmes had a moment of tension, giving up a pair of singles in the ninth, but he demonstrated composure by getting Jose Altuve to hit into a game-ending force-out, securing his 15th save of the season.

On the other side, Kendall Graveman (3-5) was tagged with the loss, bringing an end to an eventful and competitive matchup.

Jake Meyers and Martín Maldonado each demonstrated their offensive prowess with an RBI in the second inning for the Astros. The game took an intriguing turn when Kyle Tucker led off the sixth inning with a powerful homer against Wandy Peralta, marking the first extra-base hit the left-handed pitcher had given up to a left-handed hitter this season. The unexpected moment added an exciting twist to the matchup.

Maldonado displayed his brilliance at the plate, notching three hits from the No. 9 spot in the Astros’ lineup, achieving this remarkable feat for the sixth time during his six seasons with the team.

Clarke Schmidt, the Yankees’ starting pitcher, put up a valiant effort but surrendered two runs in five innings.

Cristian Javier, known for his past achievements against the Yankees, including a combined no-hitter on June 25, 2022, and a stellar 5 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in Game 3 of the ALCS, faced a tougher challenge on Thursday. He was charged with three runs over 4 2/3 innings, showing that even the most skilled pitchers have their ups and downs in the dynamic game of baseball.

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On Friday, the Astros have appointed RHP Hunter Brown (7-7, 4.12 ERA) to take the mound, ready to face the struggling Yankees, who will have RHP Luis Severino (2-5, 7.49 ERA) as their starter. Notably, this will mark Brown’s inaugural encounter with the New York squad, adding an element of anticipation to the matchup.

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