Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The offense and the bullpen carried the load for the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon as they sent the New York Yankees packing, after picking up the 8-1 win.
Mike Fiers didn’t have his A-plus stuff, but he’d keep the Yankees bats off-balance and hold them to just two hits over four innings of work.
Fiers wouldn’t be able to make it through five innings as a massive pitch count would cause him to leave the game early. In four innings, he’d only give up the two hits, but he’d walk four batters while striking out seven.
“Didn’t go deep into the game like I wanted to, but they had no runs after four, so (I’ll) take it as it is,” Mike Fiers said.
Lucky for the Astros righty, while he’d be chased from the game early after throwing 105 pitches, he would leave the game with a lead thanks to the bats supporting him big time.
In the second inning, the Astros would jump out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a Marwin Gonzalez two-run homer, his 14th of the season, a career high. With two-outs Josh Reddick would also drive in a run, doubling in Yuli Gurriel who doubled two batters earlier.
Carlos Correa would add two more runs in the fourth with a line-drive double down the third-base line.
“We got to them pretty early,” Fiers said of the offensive run support. “We kept it on them, we had guys on base all the time.”
With a 5-0 lead, the Astros would turn things over to Chris Devenski, and despite being tied for the most relief innings pitched in the majors, he’d blank the Yankees for two innings while striking out four.
“Having Devenski come in after that five-run lead really did us boost of getting to later in the game,” manager A.J. Hinch said.
While the bullpen has been overtaxed of late, pitching the most innings in the A.L. over the past 14 days, the work Hinch asked of his guys was not with much pressure attached.
Correa added another run in the sixth inning with a single up the middle scoring George Springer.
Gurriel in the seventh drove in two more insurance runs with a massive two-run homer to deep left-center, also driving in Carlos Beltran who singled to lead off the inning.
Ashur Tolliver who was recalled before the game would get the ninth inning, but after back to back hits and a Yankees run, Hinch would call on Dayan Diaz to get the final three outs.
With the win, the Astros take the series from the Yankees. They are now winners of four straight series.