Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-4 in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner was not a factor in the Yankees' three-run third inning -- the Yankees scored on Aaron Hicks' bases-loaded walk, Greg Bird's bases-loaded HBP and a Miguel Andujar fielder's choice -- but Gardner had three of New York's five hits.
"I feel good at the plate," Gardner told reporters after the game. "I'm seeing the ball well and just trying to put at-bats together to get on base for the guys behind me."
The veteran outfielder singled in the first, fourth and sixth innings for his fifth multi-hit game since May 9. Over his last 13 games, he has a .360 batting average and a 1.018 OPS, raising his batting line from .198/.320/.248 to .246/.359/.339.
His hot streak comes as the Yankees begin a three-game homestand against the defending World Series champion Astros, whom the Yankees beat three times out of four games from April 30 to May 3 in Houston.
In last year's ALCS, the Yankees outscored the Astros 19-5 in three home wins, but were outscored 15-3 in the four road games. The Yankees own the second-best record in baseball to the Boston Red Sox, while the Astros' .630 winning percentage ranks third, and Gardner is looking forward to the rematch.
"They've got a really, really good team," Gardner said. "It'll be a good challenge for us. I thought we played really well at their place a few weeks ago, and look forward to facing those guys and hopefully continuing to play good baseball."