Altuve homers twice as Astros sweep Yankees for first time

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.

His second shot was a no-doubter - just like the Houston Astros' status as a team to beat in the American League.

Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Astros completed their first ever sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

The Astros required late-game comebacks to win the first two games of the series but used a four-run fifth inning to break the finale open and held on for their sixth straight win despite a big eighth inning by the Yankees.

It's the first time since 2004 the Astros have swept a homestand of at least two series. They beat the Athletics three times this weekend before the Yankees arrived.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve didn't have an explanation for his recent power surge.

''I want to know, too to do it again,'' he said. ''I'm as surprised as you are. I'm not used to hitting this many homers in two or three games, but I'll take it.''

Manager AJ Hinch said Altuve's health and timing have contributed to the recent barrage, but he isn't surprised by anything the 2017 AL MVP does.

''He's seeing the ball, sure, picking the right pitches of course (but) he's just pretty damn good,'' he said.

Altuve hit his first one off James Paxton (1-2) to tie it at 1 in the first inning after Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer for New York. Altuve's hit was initially ruled a double, but a review showed it cleared the wall.

The Astros were up by 1 with no outs in the fifth inning when Altuve connected off Paxton again. The towering shot clanged off the light pole atop the wall in left field to make it 4-2.

A single by Michael Brantley chased Paxton, who was replaced by Tommy Kahnle. He was greeted by a two-run home run by Correa that extended Houston's lead to 6-2. Houston made it 7-2 on an RBI single by Jake Marisnick with two outs in the inning.

Houston starter Collin McHugh (2-1) allowed four hits and two runs while striking out nine in six innings for his second straight win.

Yankees slugger Luke Voit hit a two-run homer off Josh James with no outs in the eighth, DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI double and Clint Frazier added a sacrifice fly to make it 7-6. There were two outs in the inning and a runner on third when Ryan Pressly took over and struck out pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez.

Pressly stayed on for the ninth, allowing one hit in a scoreless inning for his first save.

The Astros jumped on Paxton for eight hits and five runs in four-plus innings after he went 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts against them last year while with Seattle. He wasn't helped when Gardner badly misplayed Yuli Gurriel's drive to center, resulting in an RBI triple in the first.

''We got to tighten up a little bit, play a little bit better, but I believe we are really close to turning the corner ... this is a little bump in the road,'' manager Aaron Boone said. ''That is inevitable in a major league season, and we will work our way out of it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Sanchez didn't start Wednesday because of tightness in his lower leg. ... 3B Miguel Andujar (right shoulder) made 25 throws from 60 feet Wednesday. ''I think he felt a lot better than he expected,'' Boone said. He will play catch and swing a bat Friday. If that goes well, he'll start throwing from 90 feet Saturday. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton (left biceps strain) hit off a tee on Wednesday. ... OF Aaron Hicks (lower back strain) will do soft toss, hit off a tee and run on a treadmill this week, and Boone said they hope that by next Wednesday he'll be hitting in the cage and be on the field running and throwing.

Astros: 3B Alex Bregman was out of the lineup Wednesday after leaving late in Tuesday night's game with a sore hamstring. Manager AJ Hinch doesn't think the problem is serious and hopes that he can return Friday.

YANKEES MOVE

New York optioned RHP Jonathan Loaisiga to Triple-A after Tuesday's game and recalled RHP Joe Harvey from Scranton before Wednesday's game. Harvey made his major league debut in the fifth inning and yielded one hit in two scoreless innings.

UP NEXT

Yankees: New York is off Thursday before beginning a series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The Yankees haven't announced their Friday starter, but Boone said CC Sabathia will come off the injured list to make his first start of the season Saturday.

Astros: Houston has a day off Thursday and opens a three-game series at Seattle with Wade Miley (1-1, 2.31 ERA) on Friday night. Miley allowed four hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win against Oakland in his last start.

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  • W: C. McHugh (2-1)L: J. Paxton (1-2)S: R. Pressly (1)
  • HR: NYY - B. Gardner (2), L. Voit (4), HOU - J. Altuve 2 (5), C. Correa (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner CF51111002.196.302.370.6716.0
A. Judge RF41100130.289.429.511.9401.5
L. Voit DH51121021.196.327.457.7846.0
G. Torres SS52200021.313.365.583.9494.0
G. Bird 1B21100200.214.353.321.6744.0
D. LeMahieu 3B-2B30320000.410.455.538.9936.0
C. Frazier LF30010014.321.323.643.9650.5
A. Romine C40000025.200.200.400.600-1.0
T. Wade 2B30100022.200.250.200.4500.0
a- G. Sanchez PH10000011.268.333.7321.065-0.5
G. Urshela 3B00000000.200.429.300.7290.0
  • a-struck out for Wade in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF50110035.269.339.481.8202.5
J. Altuve 2B42222111.314.368.6471.01512.5
M. Brantley LF42200111.306.358.490.8484.5
C. Correa SS42331101.316.381.579.96013.0
Y. Gurriel 3B40110103.273.327.432.7585.0
T. White DH40100033.227.320.273.593-0.5
A. Diaz 1B41200001.222.263.389.6523.0
M. Stassi C40100012.071.133.071.2050.5
J. Marisnick CF31310100.389.476.6111.0877.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Torres (4), D. LeMahieu (5)
    • HR - B. Gardner (2), L. Voit (4)
    • SF - D. LeMahieu, C. Frazier (2)
    • RBI - B. Gardner (3), L. Voit 2 (12), D. LeMahieu 2 (5), C. Frazier (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gardner 2 (2), G. Torres, A. Romine, T. Wade 2 (2), G. Sanchez
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Correa (4), J. Marisnick
    • 3B - Y. Gurriel
    • HR - J. Altuve 2 (5), C. Correa (2)
    • RBI - G. Springer (10), J. Altuve 2 (8), C. Correa 3 (7), Y. Gurriel (3), J. Marisnick (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 3 (3), T. White, M. Stassi
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Springer (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Torres-Wade-Bird; Wade-Bird; Torres-Bird)
    • E - G. Torres
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (L, 1-2)4.08553526.001.73-6.5
    T. Kahnle0.24220014.502.00-6.0
    J. Harvey2.01001300.001.005.5
    S. Tarpley0.10000006.002.000.0
    Z. Britton1.03111104.762.12-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (L, 1-2)4.0
    T. Kahnle0.2
    J. Harvey2.0
    S. Tarpley0.1
    Z. Britton1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. McHugh (W, 2-1)6.04221912.650.8825.5
    C. Devenski1.02000102.251.501.5
    J. James0.02442017.881.50-8.0
    H. Rondon (H, 2)0.21000001.591.06-1.0
    R. Pressly (S, 1)1.11000300.000.5310.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. McHugh (W, 2-1)6.0
    C. Devenski1.0
    J. James0.0
    H. Rondon (H, 2)0.2
    R. Pressly (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-60, T. Kahnle 22-14, J. Harvey 29-17, S. Tarpley 3-2, Z. Britton 23-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 1-4, T. Kahnle 2-0, J. Harvey 2-0, Z. Britton 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 21, T. Kahnle 6, J. Harvey 7, S. Tarpley, Z. Britton 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 93-61, C. Devenski 19-13, J. James 24-13, H. Rondon 11-8, R. Pressly 21-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 4-5, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Pressly 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 23, C. Devenski 5, J. James 4, H. Rondon 3, R. Pressly 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF51111002.196.302.370.6716.0
    A. Judge RF41100130.289.429.511.9401.5
    L. Voit DH51121021.196.327.457.7846.0
    G. Torres SS52200021.313.365.583.9494.0
    G. Bird 1B21100200.214.353.321.6744.0
    D. LeMahieu 3B-2B30320000.410.455.538.9936.0
    C. Frazier LF30010014.321.323.643.9650.5
    A. Romine C40000025.200.200.400.600-1.0
    T. Wade 2B30100022.200.250.200.4500.0
    a- G. Sanchez PH10000011.268.333.7321.065-0.5
    G. Urshela 3B00000000.200.429.300.7290.0
    Total356106231316-----
    • a-struck out for Wade in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF50110035.269.339.481.8202.5
    J. Altuve 2B42222111.314.368.6471.01512.5
    M. Brantley LF42200111.306.358.490.8484.5
    C. Correa SS42331101.316.381.579.96013.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B40110103.273.327.432.7585.0
    T. White DH40100033.227.320.273.593-0.5
    A. Diaz 1B41200001.222.263.389.6523.0
    M. Stassi C40100012.071.133.071.2050.5
    J. Marisnick CF31310100.389.476.6111.0877.0
    Total36816835917-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Torres (4), D. LeMahieu (5)
      • HR - B. Gardner (2), L. Voit (4)
      • SF - D. LeMahieu, C. Frazier (2)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (3), L. Voit 2 (12), D. LeMahieu 2 (5), C. Frazier (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gardner 2 (2), G. Torres, A. Romine, T. Wade 2 (2), G. Sanchez
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Correa (4), J. Marisnick
      • 3B - Y. Gurriel
      • HR - J. Altuve 2 (5), C. Correa (2)
      • RBI - G. Springer (10), J. Altuve 2 (8), C. Correa 3 (7), Y. Gurriel (3), J. Marisnick (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gurriel, J. Marisnick (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 3 (3), T. White, M. Stassi
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Springer (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Torres-Wade-Bird; Wade-Bird; Torres-Bird)
      • E - G. Torres
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (L, 1-2)4.08553526.001.73-6.5
      T. Kahnle0.24220014.502.00-6.0
      J. Harvey2.01001300.001.005.5
      S. Tarpley0.10000006.002.000.0
      Z. Britton1.03111104.762.12-1.5
      Total8.01688593---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (L, 1-2)4.0
      T. Kahnle0.2
      J. Harvey2.0
      S. Tarpley0.1
      Z. Britton1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. McHugh (W, 2-1)6.04221912.650.8825.5
      C. Devenski1.02000102.251.501.5
      J. James0.02442017.881.50-8.0
      H. Rondon (H, 2)0.21000001.591.06-1.0
      R. Pressly (S, 1)1.11000300.000.5310.5
      Total9.010663132---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. McHugh (W, 2-1)6.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      J. James0.0
      H. Rondon (H, 2)0.2
      R. Pressly (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 95-60, T. Kahnle 22-14, J. Harvey 29-17, S. Tarpley 3-2, Z. Britton 23-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 1-4, T. Kahnle 2-0, J. Harvey 2-0, Z. Britton 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 21, T. Kahnle 6, J. Harvey 7, S. Tarpley, Z. Britton 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 93-61, C. Devenski 19-13, J. James 24-13, H. Rondon 11-8, R. Pressly 21-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 4-5, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Pressly 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 23, C. Devenski 5, J. James 4, H. Rondon 3, R. Pressly 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Springer singled to center, Marisnick scored68
        Frazier hit sacrifice fly to right, Bird scored, LeMahieu to third67
        LeMahieu doubled to deep right, Torres scored, Bird to third57
        Voit homered to left center, Judge scored47
      • 5TH INNING
        Marisnick singled to center, Diaz scored, Stassi to second27
        Correa homered to left center, Brantley scored26
        Altuve homered to left24
      • 4TH INNING
        LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to right, Torres scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Correa doubled to deep right center, Brantley scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Gurriel tripled to deep center, Correa scored12
        Altuve homered to left11
        Gardner homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Pressly Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Foul, Judge singled to deep left
        • L. Voit: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Chris Devenski
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Judge walked
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Voit homered to left center, Judge scored
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Torres singled to right
        • G. Bird: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird walked, Torres to second
        • Hector Rondon relieved Josh James
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu doubled to deep right, Torres scored, Bird to third
        • C. Frazier: Frazier hit sacrifice fly to right, Bird scored, LeMahieu to third
        • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Romine lined out to second
        • Gary Sanchez hit for Tyler Wade
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Hector Rondon
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zack Britton relieved Stephen Tarpley
        • Gio Urshela at third base
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marisnick reached on an infield single to shortstop, Marisnick to second on shortstop Torres throwing error
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer singled to center, Marisnick scored
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
        • C. Correa: Correa reached on an infield single to pitcher, Springer to third, Brantley to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Correa out at second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chris Devenski relieved Collin McHugh
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center
        • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Romine fouled out to first
        • T. Wade: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wade singled to shallow left center, LeMahieu to third
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Harvey Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to first
        • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, White struck out looking
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to deep left
        • Stephen Tarpley relieved Joe Harvey
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Stassi lined out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Voit grounded out to third
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Torres lined out to right
        • G. Bird: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Harvey Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve walked
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa grounded out to second, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • T. Wade: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Judge struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to shallow left
        • Tommy Kahnle relieved James Paxton
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Correa homered to left center, Brantley scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • T. White: White singled to right center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to third, White out at second
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Stassi singled to right, Diaz to third
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick singled to center, Diaz scored, Stassi to second
        • Joe Harvey relieved Tommy Kahnle
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres doubled to deep left
        • G. Bird: Ball, Bird singled to left, Torres to third
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu hit sacrifice fly to right, Torres scored
        • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to second
        • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz popped out to second
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
        • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike looking, Marisnick doubled to center
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow right center
        • C. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa doubled to deep right center, Brantley scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa to third, Gurriel out at second, Correa to third, Gurriel out at second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bird walked
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center, Bird to second
        • C. Frazier: Frazier flied out to deep right, Bird to third
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • T. Wade: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wade struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to left
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi flied out to center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marisnick walked, Diaz to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer grounded out to second, Marisnick out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner homered to right
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to left
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel tripled to deep center, Correa scored
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, White struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)