Chase Headley hit a bases-clearing, two-out triple in the seventh inning to key a six-run rally as the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros, 11-6, Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After Matt Holliday had an RBI infield single and Starlin Castro a game-tying double, Headley lined a Chris Devenski changeup into the right-center field gap to give New York a 9-6 lead.
The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning on back-to-back home runs by Castro and Aaron Judge, but squandered it when Adam Warren (1-0) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a Joey Gattis single, Castro error and Yulieski Gurriel sac fly.
Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, Castro went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Chris Carter added an RBI double.
Starting pitcher Luis Severino gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. After Joe Girardi took him out with the bases loaded and one out, Chad Green got Alex Bregman to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
Astros starter Mike Fiers allowed four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
A see-saw battle ended with the Yankees snapping a three-game losing streak.
Severino had been throwing quite well before today's start, so we'll chalk this start up to a bad day. Fortunately, the Yankees were aided by Green, who restored some order on the mound. Green, who has been up and down with the big club over the last two seasons, was spectacular from the moment he replaced Severino, as he induced an inning-ending double play in the third.
Green's stability allowed the Yankees to get to Fiers for two home runs, the right-hander's bugaboo this season. (He's allowed 15 now.) Green was surprisingly pulled while in cruise control and Warren didn't have his best stuff, allowing the Astros to take back the lead.
However, the Yankees finally put together an inning in which they generated hits with runners in scoring position, something that they were unable to accomplish during the losing streak. Now, the Yankees have a chance to begin a win-streak with their ace, Masahiro Tanaka, on the mound tonight after celebrating Derek Jeter's No. 2 being retired.
The Yankees and Astros play Game 2 of their doubleheader at 7:38 p.m. ET Sunday.
Masahiro Tanaka (5-1, 4.36 ERA) will face Charlie Morton (4-2, 3.63 ERA).