Astros come from behind to stun Yankees

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HOUSTON — Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel knocked a two-run double in the eighth inning, completing Houston’s four-run comeback and stealing the second game of the series, 7-6, from New York at Minute Maid Park, spoiling some Yankees firsts after Didi Gregorius hit his first career grand slam and Clint Frazier homered in his first MLB game.

After Gurriel opened the scoring with a two-run homer to left field in the fifth, the Yankees rallied and were leading by three in the bottom of the eighth.

That’s when Houston dumped four runs on New York relievers Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman. Eight Astros batted, with catcher Evan Gattis contributing a mammoth solo homer. Then Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez both drew walks, setting the table for Gurriel’s two-run double.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gregorius’ granny: Astros manager A.J. Hinch took the ball from rookie starter Francis Martes with runners on the corners and no outs in the sixth inning and gave it to Will Harris with the Yankees threatening. Harris walked Jacoby Ellsbury and gave up a single to Gary Sanchez before Gregorius crushed a Statcast-projected 361-foot grand slam to right field.

Astros come back: In the eighth, New York subbed in Betances, who struck out George Springer, then walked Jose Altuve before getting Carlos Correa to ground out. Gattis then sent a 98.6-mph fastball from Betances over the left-field wall, shrinking New York’s lead to one run. After Beltran and Gonzalez walked, Josh Reddick, pinch-running for Beltran, moved from first to third without a ball being hit in play courtesy of a botched pickoff attempt and a stolen base (one of three in the inning). Reddick would score on Gurriel’s double, along with Gonzalez, to put Houston ahead, 7-6.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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