Altuve, Alvarez HR as Astros halt Yanks to end 7-game slide

NEW YORK (AP) Three pitches in, Jose Altuve gave the Astros a much-needed lead. By the time rookie Yordan Alvarez connected innings later, relief was settling in for a club coming off a most miserable week.

Altuve hit a leadoff homer, Alvarez went deep yet again and Houston beat the streaking New York Yankees 9-4 Sunday to end a season-high seven-game skid.

''We needed a win in the worst way, just the way the week has gone and the first at-bat we have a 1-0 lead,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''It just kind of woke the dugout up, and we got a really good day started.''

New York had won eight straight but was stopped by ace Justin Verlander and a quartet of homers, including a grand slam from Tyler White.

''We showed our mettle today,'' Verlander said. ''It would have been easy to look forward to the off day tomorrow and say this was a tough road trip and let's reset, but that's what good teams do.''

DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run drive in the fifth, giving New York a home run in a franchise-record 26 consecutive games. The major league mark is 27, set by the 2002 Texas Rangers.

Altuve reached the second deck in left field off J.A. Happ (7-4) as Houston snapped its first seven-game skid since 2015. It was Altuve's 12th career leadoff homer and marked the first time Houston scored in the opening inning since June 14 against Toronto.

White hit his first career slam in the fourth, and Alvarez reached the second deck in right field in the fifth with a two-run drive that knocked out Happ.

Alvarez tied a big league record with his seventh homer in 12 games to begin his career. He's the first player with at least seven homers and 16 RBIs through a dozen games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''We heard a lot of really good things about him,'' Altuve said. ''But it's one thing is that and another thing is watching him play and execute every swing and how good he is. He has a bright future and he's going to be a big part of this team.''

Yuli Gurriel added a solo shot off Luis Cessa for Houston, which rebounded nicely from blowing a late lead Saturday.

Houston scored its other run on a single by Michael Brantley in the second that made it 2-0.

Verlander (10-3) became the third 10-game winner in the AL, allowing three runs and four hits over seven innings. He struck out nine, walked two and completed seven innings for the 11th time this year, the most in the majors.

Including two starts in the 2017 ALCS, the seven-time All-Star is 4-0 in six starts against the Yankees since joining the Astros.

Happ tied career worsts by allowing 11 hits and eight runs in four-plus innings to lose for the first time in seven decisions. Happ allowed eight runs for the fifth time in his career and 11 hits for the first time since June 13, 2012.

''When you miss a little bit, or like today, if you don't have some kind of secondary to keep them off-balance, those fly balls can hurt you when you make a mistake,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

SLUGGING SANDMAN

The Yankees held their 73rd annual Old-Timers' Day, and Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera was the star. He hit an inside-the-park home run, made a catch in center field and closed out the four-inning exhibition by retiring Luis Sojo via groundout. Rivera will be inducted in Cooperstown next month as baseball's first unanimous selection.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF George Springer (strained left hamstring) had a hit and three walks for Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday while playing center and right field. He was set to DH on Sunday and is expected to rejoin the big league team Tuesday.

Yankees: OF Cameron Maybin was placed on the injured list with a Grade 2 strain in his left calf, which is expected to sideline him for over a month and possibly longer. ... RHP Ben Heller, who is recovering from right elbow surgery, began a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (6-5, 3.54 ERA) opposes Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (2-1, 4.12) in the opener of a three-game series in Houston on Tuesday.

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (4-4, 4.14 ERA) faces Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-9, 5.49 ERA) to start a three-game series. Sabathia pitched six innings of one-run ball Wednesday against Tampa Bay and picked up his 250th career win.

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  • W: J. Verlander (10-3)L: J. Happ (7-4)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (10), T. White (3), Y. Gurriel (6), Y. Alvarez (7), NYY - D. LeMahieu (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Altuve 2B52211012.251.330.479.8098.5
A. Bregman SS40000101.259.388.522.9101.0
M. Brantley LF41210111.322.382.512.8934.5
Y. Alvarez DH51221012.333.429.8131.2417.5
Y. Gurriel 3B42211001.261.295.401.6968.0
R. Chirinos C41100020.234.366.484.8501.0
J. Reddick RF41200000.297.337.441.7783.0
T. White 1B41141011.229.342.355.6978.5
J. Marisnick CF40200010.253.313.481.7941.5
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R. Osuna P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 3B42331001.322.370.488.85813.0
    A. Judge RF40010011.253.370.458.8280.5
    L. Voit 1B30000121.265.387.491.8780.0
    G. Sanchez C40100011.273.339.634.9730.5
    E. Encarnacion DH40000022.228.343.513.856-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS40000021.220.235.300.535-1.0
    G. Torres 2B40000021.283.342.536.878-1.0
    A. Hicks CF31100010.202.302.349.6501.5
    B. Gardner LF21100100.238.321.447.7683.0
    J. Happ P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    L. Cessa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Hale P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Altuve (8)
      • HR - J. Altuve (10), Y. Alvarez (7), Y. Gurriel (6), T. White (3)
      • RBI - J. Altuve (22), M. Brantley (43), Y. Alvarez 2 (16), Y. Gurriel (33), T. White 4 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, Y. Alvarez 2 (2), Y. Gurriel
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. LeMahieu
      • HR - D. LeMahieu (10)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (51), A. Judge (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (29)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, E. Encarnacion, G. Torres
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-White)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Gregorius-Torres-Voit; LeMahieu-Torres-Voit; Torres-Gregorius-Voit)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 10-3)7.04332912.670.7526.5
      C. Devenski1.01110104.601.311.5
      R. Osuna1.01000102.250.812.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 10-3)7.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ (L, 7-4)4.011880235.231.28-11.0
      L. Cessa4.03111415.111.419.0
      D. Hale1.00001103.431.142.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ (L, 7-4)4.0
      L. Cessa4.0
      D. Hale1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-69, C. Devenski 19-11, R. Osuna 26-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-6, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, C. Devenski 4, R. Osuna 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 68-43, L. Cessa 50-31, D. Hale 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-4, L. Cessa 4-2, D. Hale 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, L. Cessa 14, D. Hale 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Altuve 2B52211012.251.330.479.8098.5
      A. Bregman SS40000101.259.388.522.9101.0
      M. Brantley LF41210111.322.382.512.8934.5
      Y. Alvarez DH51221012.333.429.8131.2417.5
      Y. Gurriel 3B42211001.261.295.401.6968.0
      R. Chirinos C41100020.234.366.484.8501.0
      J. Reddick RF41200000.297.337.441.7783.0
      T. White 1B41141011.229.342.355.6978.5
      J. Marisnick CF40200010.253.313.481.7941.5
      J. Verlander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Devenski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 3B42331001.322.370.488.85813.0
        A. Judge RF40010011.253.370.458.8280.5
        L. Voit 1B30000121.265.387.491.8780.0
        G. Sanchez C40100011.273.339.634.9730.5
        E. Encarnacion DH40000022.228.343.513.856-1.0
        D. Gregorius SS40000021.220.235.300.535-1.0
        G. Torres 2B40000021.283.342.536.878-1.0
        A. Hicks CF31100010.202.302.349.6501.5
        B. Gardner LF21100100.238.321.447.7683.0
        J. Happ P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        L. Cessa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Hale P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Altuve (8)
          • HR - J. Altuve (10), Y. Alvarez (7), Y. Gurriel (6), T. White (3)
          • RBI - J. Altuve (22), M. Brantley (43), Y. Alvarez 2 (16), Y. Gurriel (33), T. White 4 (15)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, Y. Alvarez 2 (2), Y. Gurriel
          BATTING
          • 3B - D. LeMahieu
          • HR - D. LeMahieu (10)
          • RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (51), A. Judge (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu 3 (29)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, E. Encarnacion, G. Torres
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-White)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Gregorius-Torres-Voit; LeMahieu-Torres-Voit; Torres-Gregorius-Voit)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander (W, 10-3)7.04332912.670.7526.5
          C. Devenski1.01110104.601.311.5
          R. Osuna1.01000102.250.812.5
          Total9.06442111---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander (W, 10-3)7.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          R. Osuna1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ (L, 7-4)4.011880235.231.28-11.0
          L. Cessa4.03111415.111.419.0
          D. Hale1.00001103.431.142.5
          Total9.01499274---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ (L, 7-4)4.0
          L. Cessa4.0
          D. Hale1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-69, C. Devenski 19-11, R. Osuna 26-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-6, C. Devenski 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, C. Devenski 4, R. Osuna 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 68-43, L. Cessa 50-31, D. Hale 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 5-4, L. Cessa 4-2, D. Hale 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 22, L. Cessa 14, D. Hale 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Judge grounded out to third, LeMahieu scored94
          • 5TH INNING
            LeMahieu homered to right center, Hicks and Gardner scored93
            Gurriel homered to left center90
            Alvarez homered to right, Brantley scored80
          • 4TH INNING
            White homered to right center, Gurriel, Chirinos and Reddick scored60
          • 3RD INNING
            Brantley singled to shallow center, Altuve scored20
          • 1ST INNING
            Altuve homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • David Hale relieved Luis Cessa
            • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bregman lined out to right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez lined out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Chris Devenski
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez singled to right center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to second, Sanchez out at second
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius to second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres flied out to deep center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right
            • T. White: Foul, Foul, White grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Reddick out at second
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Marisnick grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Justin Verlander
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner fouled out to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu tripled to deep right center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Judge grounded out to third, LeMahieu scored
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Gregorius popped out to third
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick singled to shallow right
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into double play third to second to first, Marisnick out at second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to first
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to shallow left center
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Alvarez homered to right, Brantley scored
            • Luis Cessa relieved J.A. Happ
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel homered to left center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to first
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick lined out to right
            • T. White: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Torres grounded out to third
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks singled to left
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner singled to shallow left, Hicks to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, LeMahieu homered to right center, Hicks and Gardner scored
            • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel singled to shallow right center
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Chirinos singled to shallow center, Gurriel to second
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Gurriel to third, Chirinos to second
            • T. White: Ball, White homered to right center, Gurriel, Chirinos and Reddick scored
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marisnick singled to right
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Marisnick out at second
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Judge lined out to second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez flied out to deep right
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • J. Altuve: Altuve doubled to left center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman flied out to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow center, Altuve scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez reached on fielder's choice to first, Brantley out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Torres struck out on foul tip
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to third
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner walked
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to left
            • T. White: Foul, Ball, White flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep left
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Altuve homered to left
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez singled to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel popped out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to shallow right center
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge flied out to deep right
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Voit grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)