Final Score: Houston 9, New York 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Lucas Harrell spun 6 1/3 strong innings and
batterymate Carlos Corporan went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, with the
duo leading Houston to a 9-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees that halted
the Astros' nine-game road losing streak.
Harrell (3-2) also stopped Houston's four-game overall slide, while ending
a string of four straight Yankee wins, by yielding just one run and scattering
eight hits. Fourteen of the 19 outs the right-hander recorded came on the
He was helped out by an offense that pounded out 17 hits and rocked Andy
Pettitte (3-2) for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brandon Barnes
finished 3-for-5 with three RBI in the rout, with Carlos Pena contributing a
run-scoring single as part of a 2-for-5 night.
"I've seen Andy since 1996, and I don't know if I've ever seen him not have
his slider," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Jose Altuve, Chris Carter and Brandon Laird also had two hits for Houston,
which went 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
"You're just waiting for it to happen night in and night out and be
consistent. That's why we stay positive, because we know it's in there,"
Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano each collected a pair of hits
for New York, with Wells driving in the Yankees' lone run with a sixth-inning
The Astros wasted little time moving in front, with five straight hitters
reaching base against Pettitte with two outs during a three-run top of the
first. Consecutive singles by Laird, Carter and Pena accounted for the initial
run, and Corporan followed a walk to Ronny Cedeno that loaded the bases with a
double into the right-field corner that plated both Carter and Pena.
Pettitte briefly regrouped to hold Houston scoreless over the next two
innings, but ran into trouble again in the fourth. After a Corporan base hit
and Altuve double put two men in scoring position, Barnes extended the lead to
5-0 by ripping a hanging pitch down the left-field line for a double.
A Carter single and one-out double by Cedeno in the fifth ended Pettitte's
night, with replacement Adam Warren immediately uncorking a wild pitch to
bring in Carter before serving up Corporan's first homer of the season that
staked Houston to a commanding 8-0 advantage.
The Astros scored once more during the inning, with Matt Dominguez drawing a
walk after Corporan's blast and later coming home on Barnes' second hit of the
Aided by a trio of double plays, Harrell didn't allow a runner past first
until the Yankees finally broke through in the sixth. Singles by Gardner, Cano
and Wells in succession put New York on the board, though Harrell prevented a
big inning by retiring Jayson Nix with the bases loaded and two out.
Travis Blackley and Riner Cruz finished off the victory by combining for 2 2/3
Both Corporan and Barnes posted career single-game highs for hits and RBI ...
... The win was only Houston's second in 10 career matchups with New York. The
other came on June 11, 2003 at the old Yankee Stadium, an 8-0 decision in
which six Astros pitchers combined on a no-hitter ... Harrell has now induced
an MLB-best 10 double plays through his six starts, and Houston leads the
majors in that category (34) after turning four on Monday ... The Astros are
6-1 when registering more hits than the opposition and 2-15 when outhit by
their foe ... Pitcher Vidal Nuno made his big league debut for the Yankees and
tossed three scoreless innings.
04/30 03:24:26 ET
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