Verlander stops Yanks again, pitches Astros to 5-1 win

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Verlander tamed the New York Yankees, then toyed with their fans.

Verlander slowed down the highest-scoring team in the majors, picking off a familiar opponent by pitching the Houston Astros past New York 5-1 Monday.

''I've had some success against them in the past,'' he said. ''Every day is a new day, especially going up against a lineup like that.''

Facing the only club in baseball that hasn't been shut out this season, Verlander (7-2) blanked the Yankees until Greg Bird hit a leadoff home run in the seventh.

When he left later in the inning with a major league-best 1.11 ERA, Verlander got a cheer from a solid contingent of Astros fans wearing bright orange behind the dugout - but even louder jeers from the local fans.

Verlander enjoyed the moment, taking off his cap and waving it toward the Bronx boobirds.

''Just having fun,'' he said. ''Yankees fans having fun with me, so I decided to have some fun back.''

Verlander said he was surprised - he seemed disappointed, in fact - that he didn't draw more catcalls when his name was announced in pregame introductions.

''I've come to find here at Yankee Stadium it's a term of endearment,'' Verlander said. ''So, thank you.''

J.D. Davis hit an early three-run homer and Jose Altuve had a solo drive, helping Houston win for the sixth time in eight games.

Closer Ken Giles, tagged Sunday as the Astros blew a five-run lead in the ninth at Cleveland, pitched the final inning and worked around a leadoff single.

Verlander has dominated the Yankees in his most recent outings. He was the MVP of the AL Championship Series last October, going 2-0 and limiting New York to one run in 16 innings while striking out 21.

Earlier this month, Verlander pitched eight shutout innings against the Yankees and fanned 14. This time, Verlander allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings, fanning five without a walk.

In 12 starts this year, the big righty has permitted only 10 earned runs.

''You know you're up against one of the game's best,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''That said, I know we're always in it. Even felt that way today.''

For all the heat Verlander brought to the plate, the best toss he made might've been a throw in the opposite direction. The Astros led 3-0 when the Yankees put runners at first and second with two outs in the second.

With Miguel Andujar at the plate, Verlander pivoted and picked rookie Gleyber Torres off second base to escape.

''To be able to steal outs,'' Verlander said, ''those are game-changers.''

Davis hit his first homer of the season, connecting in the second off Domingo German (0-3). Altuve, whose team-record run of 10 straight hits ended Sunday, added his fourth in the eighth.

ADVENTURESOME AFTERNOON

Torres has been swinging a sizzling bat, and Boone moved him up to fifth, his highest spot in the lineup yet. The 21-year-old newcomer singled off Verlander, but got picked off.

Torres nonchalanted a throw from second base, and the errant toss set up Evan Gattis' RBI single in the fourth - Torres flung his glove in the dugout when the inning was over. Torres also made two acrobatic catches ranging into shallow center field.

''I'll be better tomorrow and try to do my job,'' he said.

ROCKING ROCKETS

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. roots for the Houston Rockets, and planned to watch Game 7 of the Western Conference finals vs. Golden State a few hours later. ''I'm sure there will be a text going out tonight, to see who wants to get together to see it,'' he said. Asked for a prediction, he picked the Rockets, 97-91.

JUST VISITIN'

Rudy Giuliani was at the ballpark on his 74th birthday with his son. The former mayor recalled pitching in a celebrity softball event at Yankee Stadium - ''we won, I'm 1-0 here,'' he said on the field before the game. The longtime Yankees fan likes the look of the current team, especially Torres.

''Quick bat. Reminds me of a young Alfonso Soriano,'' Giuliani said. ... Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney was on the field as players limbered up. He's coaching a 14-and-under baseball travel team back home in South Carolina. This was his second visit to the new Yankee Stadium, he never got to the old one. ''It's historical, it's the best,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Derek Fisher, out with what the team says is ''gastrointestinal discomfort,'' started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno.

Yankees: Slugger Giancarlo Stanton didn't play, a day after striking out in all four at-bats against the Angels. Boone said it was merely a day off.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (7-0, 2.04 ERA) struck out 10 in a victory over the Yankees on April 30. He started and beat New York in Game 7 of the ALCS last October, pitching five shutout innings.

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.55) started and took the loss vs. Houston in Game 7 of the ALCS last October.

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  • W: J. Verlander (7-2)L: D. German (0-3)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (4), J. Davis (1), NYY - G. Bird (1)
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G. Springer RF40000000.289.351.500.8510.0
J. Altuve 2B41111020.329.374.467.8415.0
C. Correa SS40000020.267.351.462.812-1.0
Y. Gurriel 3B41200000.284.308.377.6853.0
M. Gonzalez LF41200002.221.295.326.6214.0
E. Gattis DH21110201.234.307.423.7315.0
J. Davis 1B41131013.226.368.323.6917.5
B. McCann C40000011.219.313.351.664-0.5
J. Marisnick CF40000020.153.162.306.468-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40000011.240.352.331.684-0.5
    A. Judge RF40000021.283.418.567.985-1.0
    G. Sanchez C40000021.215.317.503.821-1.0
    G. Bird 1B41211010.273.333.545.8796.5
    G. Torres 2B40100021.317.379.606.9850.0
    A. Hicks CF30000001.238.346.415.7621.0
    D. Gregorius SS40200003.236.316.489.8054.0
    M. Andujar 3B30100011.292.309.494.8030.5
    N. Walker DH30100002.217.292.310.6021.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (6)
      • HR - J. Altuve (4), J. Davis
      • RBI - J. Altuve (29), E. Gattis (22), J. Davis 3 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Bird
      • RBI - G. Bird (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gregorius (4)
      • Picked Off - G. Torres
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (3)
      • E - G. Torres (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 7-2)6.25110511.110.7124.5
      W. Harris (H, 9)0.10000104.001.280.5
      C. Devenski1.01000201.310.873.0
      K. Giles1.01000104.761.122.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 7-2)6.2
      W. Harris (H, 9)0.1
      C. Devenski1.0
      K. Giles1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German (L, 0-3)5.25432715.451.333.5
      A. Cole2.12110016.751.593.0
      T. Kahnle1.00000107.001.783.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German (L, 0-3)5.2
      A. Cole2.1
      T. Kahnle1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Verlander (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 113-74, W. Harris 6-3, C. Devenski 13-11, K. Giles 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-10, C. Devenski 1-0, K. Giles 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 25, W. Harris, C. Devenski 4, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 104-66, A. Cole 35-23, T. Kahnle 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 6-4, A. Cole 2-5, T. Kahnle 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. German 24, A. Cole 9, T. Kahnle 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      G. Springer RF40000000.289.351.500.8510.0
      J. Altuve 2B41111020.329.374.467.8415.0
      C. Correa SS40000020.267.351.462.812-1.0
      Y. Gurriel 3B41200000.284.308.377.6853.0
      M. Gonzalez LF41200002.221.295.326.6214.0
      E. Gattis DH21110201.234.307.423.7315.0
      J. Davis 1B41131013.226.368.323.6917.5
      B. McCann C40000011.219.313.351.664-0.5
      J. Marisnick CF40000020.153.162.306.468-1.0
      Total345752287-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF40000011.240.352.331.684-0.5
        A. Judge RF40000021.283.418.567.985-1.0
        G. Sanchez C40000021.215.317.503.821-1.0
        G. Bird 1B41211010.273.333.545.8796.5
        G. Torres 2B40100021.317.379.606.9850.0
        A. Hicks CF30000001.238.346.415.7621.0
        D. Gregorius SS40200003.236.316.489.8054.0
        M. Andujar 3B30100011.292.309.494.8030.5
        N. Walker DH30100002.217.292.310.6021.0
        Total3317110911-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Gonzalez (6)
          • HR - J. Altuve (4), J. Davis
          • RBI - J. Altuve (29), E. Gattis (22), J. Davis 3 (4)
          BATTING
          • HR - G. Bird
          • RBI - G. Bird (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Gregorius (4)
          • Picked Off - G. Torres
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (3)
          • E - G. Torres (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 7-2)6.25110511.110.7124.5
          W. Harris (H, 9)0.10000104.001.280.5
          C. Devenski1.01000201.310.873.0
          K. Giles1.01000104.761.122.5
          Total9.0711091---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 7-2)6.2
          W. Harris (H, 9)0.1
          C. Devenski1.0
          K. Giles1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. German (L, 0-3)5.25432715.451.333.5
          A. Cole2.12110016.751.593.0
          T. Kahnle1.00000107.001.783.5
          Total9.0754282---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. German (L, 0-3)5.2
          A. Cole2.1
          T. Kahnle1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Verlander (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 113-74, W. Harris 6-3, C. Devenski 13-11, K. Giles 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-10, C. Devenski 1-0, K. Giles 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 25, W. Harris, C. Devenski 4, K. Giles 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 104-66, A. Cole 35-23, T. Kahnle 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 6-4, A. Cole 2-5, T. Kahnle 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. German 24, A. Cole 9, T. Kahnle 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Altuve homered to left51
          • 7TH INNING
            Bird homered to right41
          • 4TH INNING
            Gattis singled to left, Gurriel scored, Gonzalez out at third, Gattis to second40
          • 2ND INNING
            Davis homered to left, Gonzalez and Gattis scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved A.J. Cole
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
            • B. McCann: Ball, McCann lined out to shortstop
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
            • G. Bird: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bird singled to left center
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to pitcher, Bird to second
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gurriel reached on an infield single to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
            • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker singled to right
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to first, Walker out at second
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Cole Pitching:
            • B. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to first
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick lined out to center
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer popped out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bird homered to right
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius singled to center
            • Will Harris relieved Justin Verlander
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gregorius stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to shallow right
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
            • A.J. Cole relieved Domingo German
            • J. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Marisnick popped out to second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer lined out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres flied out to deep right
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Hicks popped out to third
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gregorius reached on an infield single to third
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar singled to right, Gregorius to second
            • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Walker popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center, Gurriel to second
            • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Gattis singled to left, Gurriel scored, Gonzalez out at third, Gattis to second
            • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Judge flied out to right
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez popped out to second
            • G. Bird: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer popped out to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Andujar popped out to third
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Walker flied out to deep left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Gurriel out at second
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gattis walked, Gonzalez to second
            • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis homered to left, Gonzalez and Gattis scored
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bird struck out on foul tip
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks hit by pitch, Torres to second
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius flied out to center
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Torres picked off at second, pitcher to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Gardner flied out to right
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)