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Altuve Homers Twice As Astros Sweep Yankees

Astros finish 6-0 on season's first homestand

April 10, 2019 - 10:10 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- A night after hitting the 100th home run of his career, Jose Altuve went deep twice in the Astros 8-6 win over the New York Yankees Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

On the third pitch he saw in his first at bat, Altuve turned on a 2-0 James Paxton fastball and hit the very top of the left field wall. It was ruled a double, but after a three minute, 15 second review, he was awarded his fourth home run of the season, answering Brett Garnder's homer on the third pitch of the game. Then, with the Astros leading 3-2, the second baseman ripped the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth inning over the Crawford Boxes for his fourth career multi-homer game.

Altuve's second home run of the game started a four run inning. Carlos Correa hit a 2-run homer after Michael Brantley singled through the shift. Jake Marisnick capped the inning with an RBI single to put the Astros up 7-2.

That was plenty of offense for Collin McHugh, who after Gardner's home run, surrendered another run in the fourth on D.J. LeMahieu's sacrifice fly. In six innings, McHugh allowed just those two runs on four hits to go with nine strikeouts as he earned his second win of the season.

After Chris Devenski worked around a couple of hits in the seventh, things got a little hairy for the Astros in the eighth. Josh James walked Aaron Judge and Luke Voit made him by hitting his fourth homer of the season. Gleyber Torres singled and following a Greg Bird walk, Astros manager A.J. Hinch turned to Hector Rondon who promptly allowed an RBI double to LeMahieu. Clint Frazier's followed that with a sacrifice fly to put the tying run. With the infield drawn in, Austin Romine lined out for the second out, and the inning ended when Ryan Pressly struck out Gary Sanchez.

The Astros got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when George singled home Marisnick, and Pressly allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Marisnick and Correa had three hit nights for the Astros, who finish their first homestand of the season a perfect 6-0, improving to 8-5 on the season. Altuve, Brantley, and Aledmys Diaz added a pair of knocks. 

LeMahieu led the Yankees with three hits as they fall to 5-7.

After an off day Thursday, the Astros will head north to open a 3-game series in Seattle Friday night.