Lance McCullers was in control from start to finish in his six innings of work against the Yankees. The hard curveball was working for the young right-hander. McCullers seem to have more trouble with home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus then the Yankees hitters. McCullers' outing and a key two-run home run from Colby Rasmus put the Yankees away 4-1 on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros were first on the board in the second inning. Preston Tucker and Alex Bregman posted back-to-back walks with one out against the Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. Carlos Gomez hit a sharp ground back up the middle just missing Tanaka and Sterlin Castro's glove to score one run.
Houston would jump all over Tanaka in the third inning to push the lead to 4-0. Marwin Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, moving to third on a Jose Altuve groundout and on to third on a wild pitch. Gonzalez would move up the final 90 feet on a Carlos Correa single.
Colby Rasmus entered Wednesday's game in a 2-for-39 slump. He went as far to add batting gloves to his routine to break the trend. Rasmus finally broke through with a two-run home run.
The four runs were all the Astros needed. McCullers gave up a long home run to Brian McCann but it was all the Yankees could muster.
McCullers held the Yankees to one run on five hits over six innings, while striking out 10 and walking two. Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson, and Will Harris combined to strike out five more batters and hold the Yankees hitless over the final three innings.