Yankees beat skidding Astros 4-1 for 7th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) In a new spot at the top of the lineup, Aaron Judge came up empty during his first game back from injury.

The rest of the New York Yankees kept rolling right along with their same old power show.

Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres each homered for the third game in a row, providing a pair of two-run shots that sent New York past the skidding Houston Astros 4-1 Friday night for its seventh straight victory.

Judge was hitless in his return - batting leadoff for the first time - but the Yankees matched their longest winning streak of the year. Sanchez and Torres became the first set of teammates in franchise history to homer in three consecutive games together, according to the YES Network.

''That's incredible, especially against the pitching we've been facing,'' Judge said. ''Two impressive hitters.''

Houston wasted a strong start from Brad Peacock (6-5) and has dropped six in a row for the first time since July 2015.

''We haven't played from ahead enough in the last week, and certainly when you make your fair share of mistakes, either in or out of the boxscore, it's tough to win here,'' manager AJ Hinch said.

James Paxton (5-3) went five-plus innings before handing a slim lead to a shutdown bullpen that delivered again for New York.

Adam Ottavino entered after a leadoff double in the sixth and threw 1 1/3 hitless innings with two strikeouts. Zack Britton escaped the eighth when Torres started a slick double play with a glove flip from second base.

''I don't practice that. I think it's just in the moment,'' he said.

Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 21st save in 23 attempts. He fanned Yordan Alvarez looking at a 101 mph fastball with two aboard to end it.

Edwin Encarnacion also made some fine plays for the AL East leaders at first base.

''For a bat-first guy, he played really good defense and then they wiped out some of our opportunities,'' Hinch said.

In the third, Sanchez launched a 481-foot shot deep into the elevated bleachers above and beyond the bullpen in left-center. New York has homered in 24 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors over the past three seasons and one short of the club record set in 1941.

Sanchez also connected in three straight games May 20-22.

Brett Gardner doubled off reliever Hector Rondon in the seventh and Torres sent an opposite-field drive just over a leaping Josh Reddick at the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center.

''My goodness. When I was 22, I was playing in low-A Charleston. He's up here facing the best of the best and exceeding all expectations,'' Judge said about Torres. ''He's the star of this team, future of this team and exciting to watch.''

The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since straining his left oblique on a swing April 20. He batted leadoff for the first time in his big league career.

''I loved it. More at-bats. That's the best part about it,'' Judge said. ''It's a good little spot. Hope it was not my last time doing it.''

Jose Altuve had three infield singles and a walk for the Astros, who still have a comfortable cushion in the AL West. Peacock struck out 11 and walked none over six innings in his first start against the Yankees. He gave up five hits.

Houston scored on successive doubles by Tyler White and Jake Marisnick in the fourth.

BIG HIT NEEDED

Houston went 1 for 13 with eight strikeouts with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 in all. During the losing streak, the Astros are batting .136 (6 for 44) with RISP.

''It keeps carrying over and carrying over. We'll get out of it,'' Reddick said. ''Just a matter of bad luck and not getting the job done.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Backup catcher Max Stassi (left knee soreness) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and LHP Reymin Guduan was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. To make roster room, catcher Garrett Stubbs and INF Jack Mayfield were optioned to Round Rock after Thursday night's game. ... OF George Springer (strained left hamstring) took a scheduled day off on his rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi. He's slated to play Saturday and Sunday - one game in the outfield, the other at DH. If all goes well, he's likely to be activated Tuesday. ... RHP Collin McHugh (elbow) and RHP Joe Smith (left Achilles tendon surgery) appeared in relief for Corpus Christi. McHugh got two outs and needs to pitch on successive days in the minors before rejoining the Astros, according to Hinch. Smith struck out the side in his first rehab outing after being sidelined all season.

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks was out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game because of inflammation in his sore right shoulder. He received a cortisone shot Thursday and took pregame batting practice Friday with teammates on the field. Hicks, however, entered on defense in the fourth when LF Cameron Maybin exited with a strained left calf. Maybin was scheduled for an MRI and is headed to the injured list. ''It'll be a while,'' manager Aaron Boone said. Maybin appeared to get hurt diving back to first on a pickoff attempt. ... RHP Domingo German (left hip flexor strain) threw a bullpen and is scheduled for another one Monday. He'll likely need a rehab outing but could rejoin the big league rotation before the All-Star break. ... Regular leadoff man DJ LeMahieu and 1B Luke Voit were rested.

UP NEXT

Astros LHP Wade Miley (6-4, 3.30 ERA) starts Saturday night against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.23), who is coming off a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts Monday in a 3-0 win over Tampa Bay, his fourth major league shutout. Tanaka is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in six starts versus Houston.

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  • W: J. Paxton (5-3)L: B. Peacock (6-5)S: A. Chapman (21)
  • HR: NYY - G. Sanchez (23), G. Torres (18)
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A. Judge RF40000022.273.387.494.881-1.0
G. Sanchez C41221010.274.340.642.9828.5
D. Gregorius SS40200000.286.302.381.6832.0
G. Stanton DH40000033.238.429.286.714-1.5
E. Encarnacion 1B30000020.236.352.529.881-1.0
B. Gardner CF-LF31100020.236.318.446.7642.0
G. Torres 2B31121000.287.347.544.8917.0
G. Urshela 3B30100010.307.360.455.8150.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Gurriel (18), T. White (12), J. Marisnick (11), M. Straw (2)
    • RBI - J. Marisnick (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez 6 (6), J. Marisnick 2 (2), M. Straw 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Sanchez (7), B. Gardner (10)
    • HR - G. Sanchez (23), G. Torres (18)
    • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (52), G. Torres 2 (45)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, G. Stanton
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gurriel-Altuve-White)
    • E - A. Bregman (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Torres-Gregorius-Encarnacion)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Peacock (L, 6-5)6.052201113.621.1014.5
    H. Rondon1.03220013.071.30-2.0
    C. Devenski1.00000104.451.323.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Peacock (L, 6-5)6.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    C. Devenski1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (W, 5-3)5.05113703.751.3316.5
    A. Ottavino (H, 16)1.10001201.621.233.0
    T. Kahnle (H, 14)0.21000003.071.02-1.0
    Z. Britton (H, 15)1.00002002.591.181.0
    A. Chapman (S, 21)1.01001201.240.939.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (W, 5-3)5.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 16)1.1
    T. Kahnle (H, 14)0.2
    Z. Britton (H, 15)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 102-69, H. Rondon 13-9, C. Devenski 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 3-3, H. Rondon 1-2, C. Devenski 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, H. Rondon 6, C. Devenski 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Chapman (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 100-60, A. Ottavino 19-10, T. Kahnle 10-8, Z. Britton 23-11, A. Chapman 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-3, T. Kahnle 1-1, Z. Britton 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, A. Ottavino 5, T. Kahnle 3, Z. Britton 4, A. Chapman 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Brantley RF-LF50000022.314.371.509.880-1.0
    J. Altuve 2B40300100.248.331.459.7904.0
    Y. Alvarez DH40000116.308.413.7441.1570.5
    Y. Gurriel 3B30100100.263.298.396.6933.0
    R. Chirinos C30000133.234.366.489.855-0.5
    T. White 1B21100212.234.347.348.6954.5
    J. Marisnick CF20110012.252.314.490.8042.5
    a- J. Reddick PH-RF20000004.293.332.430.7620.0
    M. Straw LF-CF30100123.286.419.400.8192.0
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    C. Devenski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-lined out for Marisnick in the 6th
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    A. Judge RF40000022.273.387.494.881-1.0
    G. Sanchez C41221010.274.340.642.9828.5
    D. Gregorius SS40200000.286.302.381.6832.0
    G. Stanton DH40000033.238.429.286.714-1.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B30000020.236.352.529.881-1.0
    B. Gardner CF-LF31100020.236.318.446.7642.0
    G. Torres 2B31121000.287.347.544.8917.0
    G. Urshela 3B30100010.307.360.455.8150.5
    C. Maybin LF11100000.314.391.500.8912.0
    A. Hicks CF20000011.194.294.350.644-0.5
    J. Paxton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Kahnle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    A. Chapman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (18), T. White (12), J. Marisnick (11), M. Straw (2)
      • RBI - J. Marisnick (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez 6 (6), J. Marisnick 2 (2), M. Straw 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Sanchez (7), B. Gardner (10)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (23), G. Torres (18)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (52), G. Torres 2 (45)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Judge, G. Stanton
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gurriel-Altuve-White)
      • E - A. Bregman (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Torres-Gregorius-Encarnacion)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock (L, 6-5)6.052201113.621.1014.5
      H. Rondon1.03220013.071.30-2.0
      C. Devenski1.00000104.451.323.5
      Total8.08440122---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock (L, 6-5)6.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (W, 5-3)5.05113703.751.3316.5
      A. Ottavino (H, 16)1.10001201.621.233.0
      T. Kahnle (H, 14)0.21000003.071.02-1.0
      Z. Britton (H, 15)1.00002002.591.181.0
      A. Chapman (S, 21)1.01001201.240.939.0
      Total9.07117110---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (W, 5-3)5.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 16)1.1
      T. Kahnle (H, 14)0.2
      Z. Britton (H, 15)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 102-69, H. Rondon 13-9, C. Devenski 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 3-3, H. Rondon 1-2, C. Devenski 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, H. Rondon 6, C. Devenski 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Chapman (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 100-60, A. Ottavino 19-10, T. Kahnle 10-8, Z. Britton 23-11, A. Chapman 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 5-3, T. Kahnle 1-1, Z. Britton 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 23, A. Ottavino 5, T. Kahnle 3, Z. Britton 4, A. Chapman 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Torres homered to right center, Gardner scored14
      • 4TH INNING
        Marisnick doubled to right, White scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Sanchez homered to left center, Maybin scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Straw walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman flied out to deep center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Altuve: Altuve reached on bunt single to pitcher, Straw to second
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Straw to third, Altuve to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Alvarez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Zack Britton relieved Tommy Kahnle
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos walked
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked, Chirinos to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, White out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Devenski relieved Hector Rondon
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez popped out to first
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Ottavino Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman fouled out to left
        • Tommy Kahnle relieved Adam Ottavino
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Foul, Altuve reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Rondon relieved Brad Peacock
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner doubled to deep right
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Torres homered to right center, Gardner scored
        • G. Urshela: Urshela reached on an infield single to second
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to first, Hicks to second, Urshela out at second on shortstop Bregman throwing error
        • A. Judge: Judge lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel doubled to left
        • Adam Ottavino relieved James Paxton
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
        • J. Reddick: Reddick lined out to left
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman flied out to center
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike swinging, Altuve reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • G. Urshela: Urshela flied out to deep left
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Aaron Hicks in center field
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gurriel popped out to first
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, White doubled to deep left
        • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick doubled to right, White scored
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Straw struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Torres grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Straw doubled to deep left
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to first, Straw to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin singled to center
        • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Sanchez homered to left center, Maybin scored
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius singled to right
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked, Alvarez to second
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • T. White: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, White struck out on foul tip
        • J. Marisnick: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres fouled out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman popped out to second
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
        • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Judge grounded out to first
        • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez doubled to deep left
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius singled to right, Sanchez to third
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton grounded into double play third to second to first, Gregorius out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)