Saturday’s game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees appeared to be following Friday’s storyline right down to a Yankees grand slam. But unlike Friday, the Astros weren’t going down without a fight.
Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman couldn't hold back the Astros offense. The Astros scored 4 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete a 7-6 comeback victory.
Francis Martes did improve on his last outing by going five innings, but he didn't help save the overtaxed Astros bullpen. He allowed two runs on four hits over five-plus innings.
Martes was pulled after giving up a double to Clint Frazier and a single to Brett Gardner. Will Harris entered the game and walked his first batter, Jacoby Ellsbury, to load the bases. After a Gary Sanchez single to score one run, Harris gave up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius into the first row of the right-field bleachers.
The Yankees led 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth. Carlos Correa collected his 17th home run of the season with an easy swing that sent the ball just inside the right field pole.
New York led 6-3 with only the eight and ninth inning remaining. Jose Altuve manufactured a run off Betances. He walked and stole second and third — scoring on a Carlos Correa ground out.
Evan Gattis continued to chip away at the New York advantage with a solo home run. Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez walked, and Reddick was able to steal third base. It was Cuban vs. Cuban matchup with Betances replaced by Chapman for Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel turned on a 100 MPH fastball and ripped it down the line to score two runs.
Ken Giles retired the first two batters then gave up a single to Brett Gardner, Reddick snapped a throw to Correa who hit Guerriel. Gurriel sanpped on a tag to end the game.