CULTURE Altuve powers Astros to first-ever sweep of Yankees

CULTURE

Altuve powers Astros to first-ever sweep of Yankees

AP

14:50, April 11, 2019

Jose Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Houston Astros completed their first sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) watches his second home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Houston. (Photos: AP)

The Astros needed late-game comebacks to win the first two games of the series but used a four-run fifth inning to break the finale open and held on for their sixth straight win despite a big eighth inning by the Yankees.

It's the first time since 2004 the Astros have swept a homestand of at least two series. They beat the Athletics three times this weekend before the Yankees arrived.

Altuve, who has homered in three straight games, hit his first one off James Paxton (1-2) to tie it at 1 in the first inning after Brett Gardner hit a leadoff homer for New York.

The Astros were up by 1 with no outs in the fifth inning when Altuve connected off Paxton again. The towering shot clanged off the light pole atop the wall in left field to make it 4-2.

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Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (55) reacts after striking out New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez to end the eighth inning of a baseball game after the New York Yankees scored four runs, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Houston.

A single by Michael Brantley chased Paxton, who was replaced by Tommy Kahnle. He was greeted by a two-run home run by Correa that extended Houston's lead to 6-2. Houston made it 7-2 on an RBI single by Jake Marisnick with two outs in the inning.

Houston starter Collin McHugh (2-1) allowed four hits and two runs while striking out nine in six innings for his second straight win.

PADRES 3, GIANTS 1

Cover image:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros bats during the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo: VCG)

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