Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez, and Jake Rogers could all turn into Hall of Famers and the Houston Astros trade for Justin Verlander could still be close to even after Verlander’s Start Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Division Series.
Verlander completed seven scoreless innings, and he allowed five hits and one walk while striking eight in the Astros’ 7-1 win to force a Game 7 in the ALCS.
Verlander was complete control through six innings before allowing the opening batters to reach in the seventh inning. But a strikeout and a massive catch from George Springer in dead center field ended the threat.
The Astros offense finally work up after four innings on Friday. The big blow came from a ground-rule double by Brian McCann. Jose Altuve followed with a two-run single to put Houston up 3-0 in the fifth inning.
The Astros were able to getting insurance runs against David Robertson in the eighth inning. Jose Altuve opened the frame with a solo home run and the Astros followed with three hits.
Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman doubled, and Yuli Gurriel singled. Houston’s lead went to 6-1. A sacrifice fly from Evan Gattis made it 7-1.
The Yankees’ run one came from a bomb to Aaron Judge from Brad Peacock.
Ken Giles allowed two runners to reach but he settled down to get Todd Frazier and Chase Headley.
The Astros and Yankees will return to Minute Maid Park for Game 7 on Saturday at 7:08 p.m.