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Fowler helps Astros down Kuroda, Yankees

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros aren't getting too ahead of themselves after opening the season 2-0.

Still, taking the first series of the year from the New York Yankees is a pretty big deal for a team that has lost 324 games in the last three seasons combined.

''Obviously no one expected us to come in here and win a series from the Yankees and no one really expected much from the Astros period,'' starting pitcher Jarred Cosart said. ''If we keep playing together like this and keep finding ways to win games, who knows what can happen.''

Dexter Fowler homered and tripled, and Matt Dominguez added a home run late to help the Astros earn a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Houston won the opener 6-2 on Tuesday and put a damper on the first series of Derek Jeter's final season. Jeter was 0 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.

''They played well, they pitched well today,'' Jeter said. ''It would be nice to score some more runs, but sometimes the other teams are going to have games like that.''

Fowler's leadoff homer put Houston up, and he scored the second run after his triple in the third.

The Yankees scored in the seventh before the Astros added an insurance run with Dominguez's homer in the bottom half.

Cosart (1-0) allowed four hits in five scoreless innings, and Josh Fields pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) yielded three hits and two runs with five strikeouts in six innings.

The offseason trade for Fowler has paid immediate dividends for Houston. The longtime Colorado player had a pair of doubles on Tuesday and is now the first player in franchise history with two extra-base hits in each of his first two games with the team.

''Being a leadoff guy you're a catalyst, and that's what I'm always trying to do, just get on base and let the other guys do their jobs,'' Fowler said. ''If we work together as a team we'll win a lot of games.''

Fowler had a lucky charm on Wednesday night as his infant daughter Naya Iman, attended her first regular-season game.

''It was awesome,'' he said breaking into a huge smile at the mention of his daughter. ''I was looking for them, but I didn't see them. She's probably in there sleeping. Just for her being here is awesome, that's all you can ask for.''

The Astros were up 2-0 in the seventh when Yangervis Solarte grounded into a double play, with runners at first and third, and Brett Gardner scored on to cut the Yankees' deficit in half. It was the first major league plate appearance for Solarte.

The two-out homer by Dominguez off David Phelps landed about three rows up in the right field stands to stretch Houston's advantage to 3-1.

Carlos Beltran doubled off Matt Albers on the first pitch of the eighth inning before Albers struck out the next three Yankees.

Cosart allowed just two singles through four innings. He ran into some trouble in the fifth, and after consecutive one-out singles by Gardner and Brian Roberts. He escaped the jam when Kelly Johnson grounded into a force out before he retired Jacoby Ellsbury.

Jerome Williams made his Astros debut when he replaced Cosart for the sixth. He walked Jeter on four pitches, and Brian McCann singled on a sharp grounder with one out to leave runners at first and third. But he retired the next two to end the threat.

Albers, Williams and Chad Qualls have performed in the first two games after being brought in to reinforce a bullpen which blew 29 saves last season.

New York went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, but Beltran said it's too early to be concerned about the offense.

''We're going to be fine,'' Beltran said. ''We haven't been able to put anything together, but this team has what it takes to play better and win ball games. We don't need to worry about it.''

Fowler's leadoff homer came a day after he started his Astros career with a leadoff double. Houston's next hit came on Fowler's standup triple that bounced off the wall in right-center with one out in the third.

Robbie Grossman reached on an error by first baseman Teixeira when his grounded bounced off Teixeira's glove, allowing Fowler to score and make it 2-0.

New York turned a double play to end that inning, and Houston didn't have another baserunner until Grossman hit his first career triple with one out in the sixth. But Kuroda ended his night by retiring the next two to end the inning and leave Grossman stranded.

The Yankees intentionally walked Jose Altuve to load the bases with two outs in the eighth. Houston came up empty when pinch-hitter Carlos Corporan grounded out.

Notes

Andy Pettitte threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. ... Jeter, who announced in February that he was retiring, got a pair of cowboy boots with Yankees' pinstripes, a 10 gallon cowboy hat, and a set of golf clubs as the Astros honored him in a pregame ceremony. Former teammates Pettitte and Roger Clemens participated in the tribute.

 
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Dexter Fowler hurts the Yankees with a home run and a triple as the Astros move to 2-0 on the young season. (USATSI)
Dexter Fowler hurts the Yankees with a home run and a triple as the Astros move to 2-0 on the young season. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

H. Kuroda
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
Houston

D. Fowler
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3000103 .000
Derek Jeter, SS3000111 .167
Carlos Beltran, RF4010011 .250
Brian McCann, C4020011 .375
Mark Teixeira, 1B4000034 .286
Alfonso Soriano, DH4000023 .000
Brett Gardner, LF3110110 .167
Brian Roberts, 2B4030010 .429
Kelly Johnson, 3B2000001 .167
   a-Yangervis Solarte, PH-3B2000000 .000
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .000
   David Phelps, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
Totals33170310  
a-grounded into a double play for Johnson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (1, Albers)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, 2nd base off Albers/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Roberts-Johnson-Teixeira
E - Mark Teixeira (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (L,0-1) 6322151 3.00
David Phelps 1.1111221 6.75
Matt Thornton 0.1000100 0.00
Shawn Kelley 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Altuve by Matt Thornton
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 91-55, David Phelps 30-17, Matt Thornton 5-1, Shawn Kelley 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 7-6, David Phelps 1-1, Matt Thornton 1-0, Shawn Kelley 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 22, David Phelps 7, Matt Thornton 2, Shawn Kelley 1
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4221011 .500
Robbie Grossman, LF3011110 .143
Jason Castro, C3000102 .143
Jose Altuve, 2B3000112 .286
Chris Carter, DH3000021 .143
   a-Carlos Corporan, PH-DH1000003 .000
Marc Krauss, 1B3000000 .000
Matt Dominguez, 3B3111010 .143
Alex Presley, RF3000000 .000
Jonathan Villar, SS2000110 .200
Jarred Cosart, P0000000 .000
   Jerome Williams, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000 .000
   Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
Totals2834347  
a-grounded out for Carter in the 8th
Batting
3B - Dexter Fowler (1, Kuroda), Robbie Grossman (1, Kuroda)
HR - Dexter Fowler (1, Kuroda), Matt Dominguez (1, Phelps)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (1), Robbie Grossman (1), Matt Dominguez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Dominguez (1)
SB - Jonathan Villar (1, 2nd base off Phelps/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Villar-Krauss
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart (W,1-0) 5400030 0.00
Jerome Williams (H,1) 1100120 0.00
Kevin Chapman (H,1) 0.2111200 18.00
Matt Albers (H,1) 1.1100040 0.00
Josh Fields (S,1) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 88-57, Jerome Williams 21-13, Kevin Chapman 19-9, Matt Albers 22-14, Josh Fields 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 9-3, Jerome Williams 1-0, Kevin Chapman 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 19, Jerome Williams 5, Kevin Chapman 4, Matt Albers 5, Josh Fields 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23145
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Gerry Davis