It’s official. The 2014 Houston Astros will not go 162-0, and the 2014 Yankees will not go 0-162. On Thursday night at Minute Maid Park, the Yankees picked up their first win of the season, in turn handing the Astros their first loss 4-2.
The Astros missed a chance to sweep their opening series for the first time since 2001.
For the third straight night, the Astros struck with a run in the first inning. Dexter Fowler led off with a single and got to third when Robbie Grossman singled. After Jason Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jose Altuve brought home Fowler when he hit into a fielder’s choice, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. Houston loaded the bases again when Chris Carter walked, but the threat ended when Marc Krauss hit into a double play.
It wouldn’t the last time they let Yankees starter Ivan Nova off the hook. The Astros grounded into four double plays in the game’s first five innings.
After the Astros first two starting pitchers of the season, Scott Feldman and Jared Cosart, held the Yankees without a run, Houston gave the ball to Brett Oberholtzer. The lefty retired the first seven he faced, but then the next four Yankees reached. They scored two runs in the inning and took a 2-1 lead, making it the first time the Astros had trailed in a game all season.
Derek Jeter knocked in a run for the Yankees in the fifth, but Fowler did the same in the Astros half of the inning to keep it a one run game, but thanks to an Astros defensive miscue in the seventh, the Yankees tacked on a run to make it a two run game again.
Oberholtzer and Nova both tossed five and two thirds innings and factored into the decision. The Astros lefty allowed five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Nova only struck out one and gave up six hits and four walks.
Brad Peacock gave up one run in three and a third innings out of the bullpen. The Yankees trio of Adam Warren, Shawn Kelly and David Roberterson kept the Astros off the board with Robertson picking up the save.
Fowler became the second Astro of all-time (Ken Caminit) to have multi-hit games in his first three games with the club, but the rest of the Houston lineup only had four base hits.
New York’s eight, nine hitters, Ichiro Suzuki and Yangervis Solarte combined for five hits. Solarte’s were the first of his career.
Astros Catcher Jason Castro was hitless, but he was hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances and left the game after the fifth inning. X-rays on his right foot were negative, and the Astros list his as day-to-day with a right foot contusion.
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