Dexter Fowler homered and tripled, while Jared Cosart tossed five scoreless as the Houston Astros improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2003 with a 3-1 win over the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park.
In his first two games as an Astro, Fowler is 4-for-8 with four runs scored. All of his base hits have been for extra bases.
On the second pitch of the night for Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda Fowler homered to right center field, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. He got to Kuroda again when tripled with one out in the third inning and scored a second run when Robbie Grossman followed by reaching on an error.
Cosart retired the first seven batters he faced. He worked around singles in the third and fourth innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth when he allowed back-to-back singles to Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts, but got out of the jam by getting ground ball outs from Kelly Johnson and Jacoby Ellsbury to keep it a 2-0 game.
He allowed four hits in five scoreless innings, striking out three. He was replaced by Jerome Williams who worked out of a runners at first and third, one jam in the sixth. Kevin Chapman replaced Williams in the seventh and walked Brett Gardner to start the inning. That was followed by a Brian Roberts single, which got Gardner to third base. The next batter, Yangervis Solarte got the Yankees on the board, but he did so by way of a groundball double play. After Ellsbury walked, Matt Albers entered the game for Chapman and struck out Derek Jeter to end the inning.
Matt Dominguez homered with two out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Astros a 3-1 lead, and after giving up a leadoff double to Carlos Beltran to start the eighth, Albers struck out the side, setting the table for Josh Fields who tossed a perfect ninth inning, earning the save.
Houston had four hits, two were home runs, two were triples. Robbie Grossman’s in the sixth was his first hit of the season.
Derek Jeter was hitless in three at bats.
Kuroda was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs in six innings.
The Astros will go for the first opening series sweep since 2001 on Thursday night. They’ll send Brett Oberholtzer to the mound against Ivan Nova.
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