The Astros’ top highlight Friday night was Noki Aoki retiring Aaron Judge in the ninth inning. No, he didn’t retire him on a fly ball or a throw to the plate. Instead, Aoki induced Judge into a ground out. Yes, Aoki pitched.
It was that kind of night for the Astros in 13-4 loss.
Houston took an early 3-1 lead in the fourth inning behind smart hitting by George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Marwin Gonzalez.
But the lead wouldn’t hold up. The wheels came off in the sixth inning. Lance McCullers exited after walking Austin Romine to put two runners on.
Michael Feliz proceeded to give up four singles and walk with the Yankees up 6-3. James Hoyt made things worse in the seventh inning, he gave up his second grand slam in June, Brett Gardner blasted a pitch into the right field bleacher — Yankees led 10-3.
Chris Carter scored Ronald Torreyes from second in ninth, the first of three runs scored by Yankees. New York finished with 13 runs on 14 hits.
McCullers allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1⁄3 innings while striking out six and walking two on 97 pitches.