Gleyber, Gary homer again as Yankees beat Astros 4-1 in Judge's return

Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez became the first pair of Yankees teammates ever to homer in three straight games as the Yankees took down the Astros 4-1 and extended their winning streak to seven games. 

The night also marked the return of Aaron Judge to the Yankees lineup, although he was unable to make an impact, going 0-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Sanchez’s blast was the more impressive of the two, coming in the third inning off Brad Peacock after a Cameron Maybin single. The ball traveled over the opposing bullpen and deep into the stands. It was measured at 481 feet, the fourth longest homer hit this year according to Statcast. Maybin had to leave the game after the home run, with what was later announced as a strained calf. However, Aaron Boone has announced Maybin will face a significant injured list stint, so the injury might be worse than that. Torres’s homer came in the seventh, an opposite field shot just over the right-field wall after a Brett Gardner double.  
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On the pitching side of things, James Paxton took the ball for the Yankees and was impressive, picking up the win after five innings only allowing one run on five hits, adding seven strikeouts. 

Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, and Zack Britton cleaned up after Paxton with relative ease. Britton worked himself into a bit of a jam in the eight after walking a pair of hitters, but was able to induce an inning-ending double play. Aroldis Chapman also looked a bit shaky, and leaned on his slider after not being able to locate his fastball. However, he got through it and picked up his 21st save of the year. 
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Photo courtesy of AP/Kathy Willens

What’s Next 
The Yankees look to take the series tomorrow night as they send Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.23 ERA) to the mound. The Astros will go with Wade Miley. (6-4, 3.30 ERA) First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST on Fox. 

Recap by: Gus Wetekamp


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