Brett Gardner lead the offense going 3-for-5 with 6 RBI including a grand slam in the seventh to help the Yankees beat the Astros, 10-3. Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored as well. >> Box Score.
Didi Gregorius put the Yankees on the board with a double to score Gardner.
Down 3-1 heading into the sixth, five runs came across to take a definitive 6-3 lead. Gardner would hit a grand slam in the seventh for his 15th homer to blow things open,10-3.
Trying to save the bullpen for the rest of the series, the Astros sent OF Norichika Aoki to the mound. The Yankees took advantage tacking on three more runs to coast to victory.
Michael Pineda earned his eighth win of the season allowing three runs, two earned on seven hits while striking out three and walking none in six innings.
Chris Carter, making his return to the Yankees after being designated for assignment, went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Arriving in Houston around 6:00 a.m. this morning after a depressing loss didn't put the Yankees in a funk.
The Yanks received a decent performance from Pineda and then some much needed relief from Bryan Mitchell. The offense erupted for a five-run sixth inning, scoring four of the runs with two outs. Gardner's seventh-inning grand slam, also with two outs, put the game out of reach.
The win tonight confirmed one thing; the Yankees are not quitters and do not get down on themselves. The Yanks continue to battle through adversity, something that postseason teams are expected to do. The Yankees would love to win this series against the team with the best record in the American League, if only to affirm that despite a very shaky couple of weeks, the team remains a legitimate playoff contender.
The Yankees and White Sox will return to action on Thursday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field. Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 5.74 ERA) will face Carlos Rodon, who will be making his 2017 debut after recovering from biceps bursitis.