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Houston0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 381
NY Yankees0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 000
  W: C. Javier (5-3)   L: G. Cole (6-2)   S: R. Pressly (15)
10:05 AM PT11:05 AM MT12:05 PM CT1:05 PM ET13:05 ET17:05 GMT1:05 10:05 AM MST12:05 PM EST12:35 PM VEN21:05 UAE11:05 AM CT, June 25, 2022
Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York  Attendance: 45,076

Astros attempt to hand Yankees rare losing streak

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Houston Astros at New York Yankees

  1. These two division leaders (only two division leaders with 10+ game leads) have not met this season. Last season, the Yankees won four of six games, with two of the four New York wins being shutouts.
  2. The Astros have won three straight and six of their last seven overall, holding their opponents to three or fewer runs in all six of those wins. Houston leads the American League with 23 road wins this season.
  3. Yordan Alvarez is hitting .432 (35-for-81) with nine home runs, 26 runs batted in and 18 runs scored over his last 22 games. He has four home runs in his last four games including two yesterday, with his four multi-home run games this season being tied for second most in the majors this season.
  4. The Yankees have more home wins this season (29) than seven teams have overall. Yesterday, they hit three home runs against the Rays, making it their major-league leading 18th time this season with three or more home runs.
  5. Aaron Judge leads the majors with 27 home runs and had his 6th multi-home run game yesterday. He had six last season as well, with the most multi-home run games he has had in one season being seven, set in 2017.
  6. Jameson Taillon is tied for the American League lead in wins with eight. He had eight wins last season and the total is tied for the second most he has had in his career (14 wins in 2018). He is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/23/2022 thru 6/26/2022
(AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

The Houston Astros showed how quickly they could recover from their most frustrating loss of the season.

After holding on for a Friday victory to even their four-game series at Yankee Stadium at one win apiece, the Astros will attempt to give the New York Yankees consecutive losses for the first time in more than a month on Saturday afternoon.

Houston ended New York's 15-game home winning streak with a 3-1 victory when Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and Justin Verlander pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

The Astros, who have seven wins in their past nine games, recovered after blowing a pair of three-run leads in a 7-6 loss on Thursday. In that contest, Houston closer Ryan Pressly served up a game-tying, three-run homer to Aaron Hicks in the ninth, and Ryne Stanek yielded a game-ending single to Aaron Judge later in the inning.

"They're good," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't have to blow their whistles because everybody knows that they're good. Their record's indicative of that.

"We're good, too. We just have to go out and play nine innings. You got to play all 27 outs, that's one thing you got to do against them."

Baker stayed away from Pressly on Friday to avoid using him for a third straight day. Rafael Montero survived two walks in the ninth inning to log his fifth save.

"It's two good teams going at it," Verlander said, "so these are the kind of games you expect to have."

The Astros could get a key piece to their lineup back this weekend. Rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena could be activated from the injured list after being sidelined since June 14 due to a left thumb injury.

The Yankees are 23-6 since losing three straight on May 22-23 in a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox and a 6-4 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles. They are looking to dodge their fourth losing streak this season. New York also lost two straight April 10-11 and May 28-29.

"I thought we were getting into some good positions, but we just couldn't break through really," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after the Friday loss. "I thought up-and-down (the lineup) we just couldn't muster it tonight."

Giancarlo Stanton homered for the second straight game but Judge went 0-for-4. Judge was kept in the on-deck circle when DJ LeMahieu made the final out, and will head into Saturday with a .299 average, his first time under .300 since being at .296 following a 5-1 win over the White Sox on May 15.

Gerrit Cole, who has taken two no-hitters past this sixth inning this month, will start for the Yankees on Saturday. Cole (6-1, 3.14 ERA) retired the first 20 hitters on June 3 against the Detroit Tigers before yielding two singles. He then came within six outs of a no-hitter before allowing a leadoff single to Tampa Bay's Isaac Paredes on Monday.

Cole took a no-decision against the Rays and has allowed one run on six hits while recording 19 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings over his past two starts since allowing five homers in Minnesota on June 9.

Cole went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 regular-season starts for Houston in 2018 and 2019. He is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Astros. On July 10, 2021, in Houston, he struck out 12 in a 129-pitch, three-hit shutout.

Cristian Javier (4-3, 3.07 ERA), who has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his nine starts this year, is set to start for Houston on Saturday. Javier last pitched on Sunday in a 4-3 win over the visiting White Sox, when he allowed one run in five innings.

Javier's only previous appearance against the Yankees was three scoreless innings as a reliever in Houston's 1-0 loss to Cole last year.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 25, 2022

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