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HOUSTON (CBS Houston):  Jesus Guzman and LJ Hoes both homered, and Scott Feldman held the Yankees scoreless into the seventh inning as the Astros beat the Yankees 6-2 on Opening Day.

Feldman (1-0) worked both sides of the plate effectively and kept opposing hitters off-balance all night.  Feldman gave up only 2 hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 3.  He threw 66 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

Feldman had the benefit of pitching with an early lead, as the Astros exploded for 4 runs in the first. Dexter Fowler opened the game with a double to center over the head of new Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.  Jose Altuve singled him in for the team’s first run, then two batters later Jesus Guzman took Sabathia deep to left for his first homer of the year.

LJ Hoes opened the bottom of the second with a solo shot.  One out later, Fowler doubled for the second time in a row and scored on another RBI single by Altuve.

With a 4-0 lead, Feldman settled in and did not allow a hit until the the fourth inning.  He retired the side in order four times.

Feldman tired in the seventh, getting himself in a bases loaded, 2 out jam, but Kevin Chapman came on to close door to that threat.

The Yankees tried to mount a comeback in the eighth when they scored their only two runs on the night.  Relief Pitcher Matt Albers slammed the door shut in the 9th to seal the win for Houston.

The two teams will play the second game of their opening three game series Wednesday night. with the Yankees Huroki Kuroda opposing the Astros Jarred Cosart.

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