Chapman fans Altuve to end it, Yanks seesaw past Astros 6-5

HOUSTON (AP) Even when things got really, really tense - bottom of the ninth, one-run game, Jose Altuve vs. Aroldis Chapman - Yankees manager Aaron Boone stepped back to marvel in the moment.

''I said: `This is pretty good, isn't it?' This is great,'' Boone said, recalling a quick dugout conversation with a coach. ''This is what you live for, right? This is our best against the reigning MVP, a game on the line. Embrace that, love it. And our guys do.''

Chapman struck Altuve on three straight 101 mph fastballs with two runners on base to end the game, and New York got a key hit from rookie Gleyber Torres during a three-run rally in the ninth inning to seesaw past the Houston Astros 6-5.

The Yankees won a wild one to take three of four from the team that beat them in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last October.

''Winnable game, obviously frustrating because we were behind for so long in this entire series and we (still) could have split,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''Split's not necessarily something to celebrate, but we should have won today.''

Astros closer Ken Giles, who punched himself in the face after a rough outing earlier in this series, didn't pitch during New York's late comeback. Hinch was asked why he didn't use Giles, who hadn't allowed a run in eight outings before giving up four runs on Tuesday night.

''I thought (Will) Harris could get those guys out due to matchups,'' he said.

New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, trailed 5-3 going into the ninth and let a bounced third strike give the Astros their final chance.

Pinch hitter Evan Gattis fanned but reached on Chapman's two-out wild pitch that catcher Gary Sanchez couldn't find near the plate, and George Springer followed with a single.

''I had full confidence that Chapman would come through there and he really reached back for a little extra with Altuve - probably the best fastball hitter in the league,'' Boone said. ''Just a great job by Aroldis.''

Altuve went down swinging, giving Chapman his seventh save and the Yankees a 6-1 record on their road trip against the top two teams in the AL West.

''Our whole road trip, going to Anaheim and getting three wins on a team that's one of the best in the game right now and then to come here in Houston and battle back after a tough first loss against them, that just kind of shows what kind of team we are,'' said Aaron Judge, who drove in the go-ahead run.

Houston, which had been shut out two days in a row, scored four times in the seventh and Carlos Correa added a solo homer in the eighth. The Yankees quickly loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Harris (1-2) on a walk and singles by Miguel Andujar and pinch hitter Aaron Hicks.

Brad Peacock came in and Torres, who finished with three RBIs, hit a two-single to left that made it 5-all. With one out, Judge chopped a grounder that third baseman Alex Bregman charged - instead of trying to get Hicks at the plate, Bregman threw to second, hoping to start an inning-ending double play.

Altuve caught the ball for the forceout, but dropped it as Torres slid in. Hicks scored on the play for a 6-5 lead.

Torres is hitting .317 with three doubles and five RBIs in 12 games since being called up, a span where the Yankees have gone 11-1.

Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth for the win.

Houston starter Lance McCullers yielded five hits and three runs in seven innings. He gave up all three runs in the first three innings and settled down after that, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.

The Astros trailed 3-0 and had managed just three singles when Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick hit consecutive singles with no outs in the seventh. Masahiro Tanaka hit Bregman with a pitch to load the bases, and reliever Chad Green was greeted by an RBI single from Marwin Gonzalez.

Brian McCann singled home another run and a passed ball by Sanchez tied it. Springer hit a grounder that was deflected by Green, and the go-ahead run scored.

Tanaka allowed five hits and three runs in five-plus innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) is scheduled to get his first at-bats on Monday in an extended spring game, Boone said. Boone said they have not decided whether he'll start in Class A Tampa or Triple-A Scranton when he's ready for a rehabilitation assignment.

THEY SAID IT

Boone on the at-bat by the 21-year-old Torres in the ninth: ''That's what I expect. Poise, he's got that in spades. He's beyond his years. He plays with a confidence, maturity, so I feel great about him in that spot.''

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 1.71 ERA) faces the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Sabathia has allowed just one earned run in 17 1/3 innings since returning from the disabled list on April 19.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-1, 1.73 ERA) will start in the opener of a three-game series against Arizona on Friday. Cole set the American League record for strikeouts in the month of April with 61 by fanning 12 in his last start.

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  • W: C. Shreve (1-0)L: W. Harris (1-2)S: A. Chapman (7)
  • HR: HOU - C. Correa (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF50000014.194.315.250.565-0.5
A. Judge RF50010001.298.426.544.9691.0
D. Gregorius SS51200021.333.418.7121.1303.0
G. Stanton LF30000122.234.314.468.7820.0
G. Sanchez C21000221.204.283.500.7832.0
N. Walker 1B22110100.171.233.195.4286.0
M. Andujar DH-3B41200012.284.296.526.8222.5
R. Torreyes 3B30110000.386.400.477.8772.0
a- A. Hicks PH11100000.242.372.419.7912.0
G. Torres 2B30130010.317.356.390.7463.5
  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF-CF50110012.256.327.451.7781.5
J. Altuve 2B50000024.328.382.412.794-1.0
C. Correa SS41111010.307.378.518.8955.5
Y. Gurriel DH41100000.243.282.371.6532.0
J. Reddick LF-RF41100000.242.336.453.7892.0
A. Bregman 3B31100000.252.369.345.7133.0
M. Gonzalez 1B41110021.229.320.333.6532.0
B. McCann C40210010.269.383.388.7712.5
J. Marisnick CF20100001.164.176.328.5051.0
a- D. Fisher PH-LF10000012.170.211.377.588-0.5
b- E. Gattis PH10000010.190.269.286.555-0.5
  • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 7th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Fisher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Gregorius (10)
  • SF - G. Torres
  • RBI - A. Judge (19), N. Walker (7), R. Torreyes (5), G. Torres 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (4)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Correa (5)
  • RBI - G. Springer (20), C. Correa (22), M. Gonzalez (17), B. McCann (9)
FIELDING
  • PB - G. Sanchez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka6.05330504.391.0015.5
C. Green (BS, 1)1.13210112.351.11-0.5
C. Shreve (W, 1-0)0.20000000.750.927.0
A. Chapman (S, 7)1.01000301.290.8610.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka6.0
C. Green (BS, 1)1.1
C. Shreve (W, 1-0)0.2
A. Chapman (S, 7)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. McCullers7.05333503.731.2015.5
C. Devenski (H, 6)1.00000300.680.754.5
W. Harris (L, 1-2)0.02331003.971.50-11.0
B. Peacock (BS, 2)1.01000102.700.982.5
PITCHERSIP
L. McCullers7.0
C. Devenski (H, 6)1.0
W. Harris (L, 1-2)0.0
B. Peacock (BS, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Tanaka (2), A. Chapman (2)
  • HBP - M. Tanaka (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-60, C. Green 25-18, C. Shreve 9-5, A. Chapman 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-5, C. Green 2-1, C. Shreve 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 24, C. Green 7, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 5
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Peacock
  • HBP - L. McCullers (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 108-69, C. Devenski 12-9, W. Harris 15-7, B. Peacock 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 10-5, B. Peacock 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 29, C. Devenski 3, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF50000014.194.315.250.565-0.5
A. Judge RF50010001.298.426.544.9691.0
D. Gregorius SS51200021.333.418.7121.1303.0
G. Stanton LF30000122.234.314.468.7820.0
G. Sanchez C21000221.204.283.500.7832.0
N. Walker 1B22110100.171.233.195.4286.0
M. Andujar DH-3B41200012.284.296.526.8222.5
R. Torreyes 3B30110000.386.400.477.8772.0
a- A. Hicks PH11100000.242.372.419.7912.0
G. Torres 2B30130010.317.356.390.7463.5
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  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF-CF50110012.256.327.451.7781.5
J. Altuve 2B50000024.328.382.412.794-1.0
C. Correa SS41111010.307.378.518.8955.5
Y. Gurriel DH41100000.243.282.371.6532.0
J. Reddick LF-RF41100000.242.336.453.7892.0
A. Bregman 3B31100000.252.369.345.7133.0
M. Gonzalez 1B41110021.229.320.333.6532.0
B. McCann C40210010.269.383.388.7712.5
J. Marisnick CF20100001.164.176.328.5051.0
a- D. Fisher PH-LF10000012.170.211.377.588-0.5
b- E. Gattis PH10000010.190.269.286.555-0.5
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HITTERSAB
G. Springer RF-CF5
J. Altuve 2B5
C. Correa SS4
Y. Gurriel DH4
J. Reddick LF-RF4
A. Bregman 3B3
M. Gonzalez 1B4
B. McCann C4
J. Marisnick CF2
a- D. Fisher PH-LF1
b- E. Gattis PH1
Total37
  • a-struck out for Marisnick in the 7th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Fisher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Gregorius (10)
  • SF - G. Torres
  • RBI - A. Judge (19), N. Walker (7), R. Torreyes (5), G. Torres 3 (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (4)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Correa (5)
  • RBI - G. Springer (20), C. Correa (22), M. Gonzalez (17), B. McCann (9)
FIELDING
  • PB - G. Sanchez (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Tanaka6.05330504.391.0015.5
C. Green (BS, 1)1.13210112.351.11-0.5
C. Shreve (W, 1-0)0.20000000.750.927.0
A. Chapman (S, 7)1.01000301.290.8610.5
Total9.0954091---
PITCHERSIP
M. Tanaka6.0
C. Green (BS, 1)1.1
C. Shreve (W, 1-0)0.2
A. Chapman (S, 7)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. McCullers7.05333503.731.2015.5
C. Devenski (H, 6)1.00000300.680.754.5
W. Harris (L, 1-2)0.02331003.971.50-11.0
B. Peacock (BS, 2)1.01000102.700.982.5
Total9.0866490---
PITCHERSIP
L. McCullers7.0
C. Devenski (H, 6)1.0
W. Harris (L, 1-2)0.0
B. Peacock (BS, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Tanaka (2), A. Chapman (2)
  • HBP - M. Tanaka (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 83-60, C. Green 25-18, C. Shreve 9-5, A. Chapman 15-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 8-5, C. Green 2-1, C. Shreve 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 24, C. Green 7, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 5
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Peacock
  • HBP - L. McCullers (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 108-69, C. Devenski 12-9, W. Harris 15-7, B. Peacock 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 10-5, B. Peacock 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 29, C. Devenski 3, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Judge reached on fielder's choice to third, Hicks scored, Torres out at second65
    Torres singled to left, Walker and Andujar scored, Hicks to third55
  • 8TH INNING
    Correa homered to left35
  • 7TH INNING
    Springer grounded out to pitcher, Gonzalez scored34
    Bregman scored, Gonzalez to third, McCann to second on passed ball33
    McCann singled to right, Reddick scored, Bregman to third, Gonzalez to second32
    Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Bregman to second31
  • 3RD INNING
    Walker singled to right center, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third30
  • 2ND INNING
    Torres hit sacrifice fly to right, Walker scored20
    Torreyes reached on an infield single to third, Sanchez scored, Walker to third, Andujar to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Harris relieved Chris Devenski
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
    • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Andujar singled to right, Walker to second
    • Aaron Hicks hit for Ronald Torreyes
    • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to left, Walker to third, Andujar to second
    • Brad Peacock relieved Will Harris
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres singled to left, Walker and Andujar scored, Hicks to third
    • B. Gardner: Foul, Gardner flied out to center
    • A. Judge: Judge reached on fielder's choice to third, Hicks scored, Torres out at second
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Judge to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike looking, Gregorius struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Aroldis Chapman pitching
    • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: McCann popped out to first
    • Evan Gattis hit for Derek Fisher
    • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gattis struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to left, Gattis to second
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chris Devenski relieved Lance McCullers
    • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
    • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Green Pitching:
    • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa homered to left
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to deep right
    • Chasen Shreve relieved Chad Green
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
    • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to left
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to center, Gurriel to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman hit by pitch, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second
    • Chad Green relieved Masahiro Tanaka
    • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Bregman to second
    • B. McCann: McCann singled to right, Reddick scored, Bregman to third, Gonzalez to second
    • Derek Fisher hit for Jake Marisnick
    • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman scored, Gonzalez to third, McCann to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
    • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to pitcher, Gonzalez scored
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to deep left
    • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Andujar grounded out to third
    • R. Torreyes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Torreyes flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep center
    • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Correa flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Judge grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius lined out to left
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
    • G. Sanchez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann singled to shallow center
    • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to left
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Judge grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius doubled to left center
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Stanton grounded out to third
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked
    • N. Walker: Walker singled to right center, Gregorius scored, Sanchez to third
    • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • J. Marisnick: Marisnick singled to right
    • G. Springer: Ball, Springer flied out to center
    • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Marisnick to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
    • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker hit by pitch, Sanchez to second
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar singled to center, Sanchez to third, Walker to second
    • R. Torreyes: Torreyes reached on an infield single to third, Sanchez scored, Walker to third, Andujar to second
    • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Torres hit sacrifice fly to right, Walker scored
    • B. Gardner: Foul, Gardner grounded out to second, Andujar to third, Torreyes to second
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Andujar out at home, Andujar caught stealing, catcher to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel lined out to third
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to center
    • M. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. McCullers Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Judge: Judge flied out to right
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gregorius singled to shallow left center
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Tanaka Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
    • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)