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“It’s a huge victory for us,” said Gurriel, who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. “Especially against the Yankees, who we know is a great team. It’s always special when you beat the Yankees.”
Gregorius slugged his grand slam off Will Harris as part of a five-run rally in the sixth inning that started with Frazier’s first career hit, a double. The Yankees’ No. 2 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, Frazier hit a solo home run off Tony Sipp in the seventh that put New York up, 6-3, at the time.
“It’s probably the best taste of baseball I’ve ever had,” Frazier said. “The Astros played a good game, we played a good game. It’s disappointing to lose, but we’ve got tomorrow. I’m just glad I got to be a part of this game.”
Carlos Correa also homered for the Astros, who improved to 10-6 in one-run games.
“We put quality at-bats together,” Correa said. “And the results show.”
Saturday’s win marked the Astros’ 24th comeback victory of 2017.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Dealin’ a comeback: For the second consecutive outing, Betances struggled with his command, opening the door for Houston’s rally. Jose Altuve worked a one-out walk, then stole second and third before Gattis launched a 98.6-mph fastball over the left-field wall. After two more walks and a key Chris Carter error, Gurriel greeted Chapman by delivering the big hit down the left-field line.
“Credit guys like Gattis for starting off that inning well for us,” Josh Reddick said. “And Altuve for stealing bases and Correa for not trying to do too much and getting him in. We’re just trying to manufacture runs.”
This is the end: Brett Gardner appeared to keep the Yankees’ hopes alive in the ninth, as he lined a two-out single to left field off Ken Giles, but he rounded first base aggressively. Reddick alertly fired the ball back to the infield, where Correa’s relay throw arrived in time to nail Gardner for the final out of the game.
“You have to think second base on that. It’s a quick read,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If he makes it and he’s safe, you’re going to say, ‘Good job.’ If he doesn’t go and should have went, you’re going to say, ‘Why didn’t he go?’ It ends up being the wrong read, but that’s a split-second decision that a baseball player has to make.”
“My breaking ball, I’m not throwing it for strikes. That’s what hurt me today and the last couple of times. That’s a pitch that I rely on, and they’ve been laying off some good ones. I haven’t been able to throw it for strikes, and that’s gotten me into trouble.” — Betances
Yankees: Right-hander Luis Severino (5-3, 3.15 ERA) will start the series finale at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, one start after becoming the youngest Yankee in the last 100 years with 12 strikeouts and no walks in a game. Severino is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 10 starts..
Astros: Right-hander Mike Fiers caps off the Astros’ six-game homestand and will close out the series against the Yankees at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Fiers is 1-3 with a 3.16 ERA at Minute Maid this season and has not given up a home run in his last six outings.
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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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