With the Yankees down one run in the top of the fourth inning, Aaron Judge made Astros starter Justin Verlander pay.
After a leadoff walk from Verlander against DJ LeMahieu to start the frame, the righty made a mistake with Judge on an 0-1 count.
Verlander hung a slider above the belt over the plate and Judge sent the pitch into orbit, crushing a two-run home run to right-center field and putting the Yankees ahead of the Astros for a 2-1 lead.
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Judge's blast was the Yankees' first hit all game, coming after Carlos Correa doubled on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Cameron Maybin that scored Alex Bregman from second base and put the Astros up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning of James Paxton.
Judge's home run traveled 423 feet and came off the bat at 110.9 mph, giving him his eighth career postseason home run in a big way as he sucked the life out of Minute Maid Park early on.
Verlander, who had six strikeouts to LeMahieu's walk, got out of the fourth inning by getting Gleyber Torres to fly out in right field before striking out Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Gardner.