Astros cruise behind bats, bullpen to top Yanks

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Add in five innings from Houston’s workhorse bullpen, and a season-high seven doubles from the offense, and it was enough to handle the Yankees, who finished their seven-game road trip at 3-4. Severino allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Carlos Correa sparked the Astros with four hits, including two doubles, to extend his season-best hitting streak to 12 games and career-long on-base streak to 20 games. Correa, who drove in three runs, has 58 RBIs to lead all Astros and all American League shortstops.

Correa and Yuli Gurriel, who also hit a two-run homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle, combined to drive in five runs.

Gurriel's two-run home run

Chris Carter‘s ninth-inning RBI single off Ashur Tolliver helped the Yankees avoid being shut out for the first time this season.

Carter's RBI single

Win-sealing second: Beginning with a double by Carlos Beltran, the Astros knocked in either a double or a home run in five of eight at-bats in the second inning, opening their lead to 3-0. After Beltran’s wall-smashing double in left field, switch-hitting utilityman Gonzalez cracked an opposite-field, two-run homer to left. Gurriel followed with another double, as did Josh Reddick two at-bats later.

Reddick's RBI double

In the Play Index era (1913-Saturday), there have been 305 instances of a pitcher throwing 100-plus pitches in four innings or fewer. Fiers’ became the first pitcher ever to do so without allowing a run.

With Sunday’s barrage of extra-base hits, the Astros have knocked at least one double in 40 consecutive games, extending the franchise record.

Yankees: The Yankees will return home on Monday to open a three-game series with the Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m. ET, with Masahiro Tanaka (6-7, 5.56) trying to continue his recent run of better pitching performances. In his last four starts, Tanaka is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA, striking out 32 in 24 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a .674 OPS.

Astros: The Astros will fly to Atlanta on Sunday before a scheduled day off on Monday. Houston will begin a two-game set against the Braves on Tuesday, beginning at 6:35 p.m. CT at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Brad Peacock is scheduled to make his eighth start this season after allowing one run on two hits in five innings vs. Oakland on June 29.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for based in Houston.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for 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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