CBS Houston – The last time the Houston Astros had been swept at home, was May 20th – 22nd against the Texas Rangers.
Wednesday night the Astros were looking at broomsticks once again with the New York Yankees snagging the first two games of the series.
The Astros closed out the final game of the series with a great performance from starting pitcher Lance McCullers to beat the Yankees 4-1.
McCullers on the night only had one blemish on his 10 strikeout game. In the top of the fourth leading off for the Yankees Brian McCann took a fastball over the center field wall, which Jake Marisnick actually came pretty close to catching.
Even Yankees manager Joe Girardi was impressed with how MuCullers was able to carve up batters.
“You want to try and hit his fastball because you know it’s going to be tough to put a good swing on his curveball,” Joe Girardi said, “I thought our bats were pretty good often but his stuff was that good.”
The Astros righty finished the game with 6 innings of work, scattering 5 hits, allowing 1 earned run and a walk while striking out 10. McCullers became the first Astros pitcher to have back to back 10 strikeout games since Wandy Rodriguez in 2010.
The team was able to back McCullers solid work with some early offense getting all four runs in the first three innings.
Carlos Gomez came through in the bottom of the second inning with a single to drive in Preston Tucker to put the Astros up 1-0.
The Astros would score three more off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in the bottom of the third. Colby Rasmus who came into the game hitless in his last 29 at-bats launched a massive two-run homer to put the team up 4-1.
“Anytime you can get a hit or a home run or whatever to just to help the boys is great,” Colby Rasmus said of his two-run homer, “especially as much as I have been kinda letting us down, to be able to do that against the Yankees in a game we needed to win since they beat us in the first two.”
The bullpen would take over in the seventh and close the door on Yankee batters. Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, and Will Harris combined to throw three innings of hitless baseball while striking out five.
The Astros now head into a stretch where in the next three series they will face teams all above .500.
“We’re coming up on a tough part of the schedule, but we are ready, we’re playing good baseball, I feel like the guys are ready to go,” Lance McCullers said.
With Texas losing to the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, the Astros are now only back 2.5 games of the A.L. West.
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