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That’s one way to finally silence the Yankee Stadium crowd.
After two-plus games of being booed mercilessly, the main target of their derision, Jose Altuve, hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Chad Green in the eighth inning, as the Yankees saw their five-game winning streak snapped with a 7-4 loss to the Astros in The Bronx.
Altuve’s revenge came with the Yankees clinging to a one-run lead after Green replaced Gerrit Cole to start the eighth.
Green walked Kyle Tucker to start the inning and then allowed an infield hit to Myles Straw. Gio Urshela made a bad throw to first for an error, allowing Tucker to get to third. Green struck out Martin Maldonado to bring up Altuve with runners on the corners and one out.
With “F–k Altuve” and “cheater” chants bellowing from the stands, Altuve got to a full count and then hit a three-run homer into the seats in left, providing the center of attention all series with a bit of revenge.
Green has been mostly dominant this season and allowed just 11 base runners in 18 innings — but he’s already given up three homers.
Down by two runs in the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres led off with a single through the right side of the infield vacated by the shift.
After Mike Ford struck out looking, Aaron Hicks hit a sharp grounder that Carlos Correa, shifted towards second base, couldn’t handle.
With no one covering third due to the shift, Torres alertly ran to third. Catcher Martin Maldonado ran down the line to get to third, which allowed Torres to then run home, scoring on the infield hit to make it 5-4, as pitcher Ryan Pressly watched from the mound.
Hicks pulled up on the play, but after being checked by the training staff, remained in the game. Kyle Higashioka followed by hitting into a double play to end the inning.
The Astros padded their lead in the top of the ninth, when Maldonado hit a two-run homer off Justin Wilson, adding to the Yankee bullpen’s poor afternoon.
Cole, facing his former team for the first time, was effective yet again. He gave up just four hits in seven innings, but two of those hits were homers by Yordan Alvarez.
And the Yankees offense had a chance to get to right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. early, but failed.
McCullers walked the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the first. Ford, looking lost at the plate, lined a 2-0 pitch that went right at first baseman Yuli Gurriel for the third out.
The scorching Giancarlo Stanton gave the Yankees the lead with another monster home run to lead off the bottom of the third. This one — a 437-foot shot — hit off the back of the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center for the game’s first run.
The blast extended Stanton’s hitting streak to 12 games and was the third consecutive game in which he homered.
But Cole gave it back in the fourth, allowing a solo homer into the second deck in right with two outs to Alvarez.
Clint Frazier put the Yankees ahead in the fourth with a two-run homer to right. Frazier had been in a 5-for-59 funk, but powered a ball to the opposite field for his third home run of the season to make it 3-1.
Alvarez brought the Astros back to within a run in the seventh with his second solo shot of the day off Cole, this one to dead center.
Cole came back to strike out Gurriel and Correa to end the inning. Cole was removed after the seventh, having struck out a season-low four — and not walking a batter for a fourth consecutive start.
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