VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Boxing/MMA
Fantasy Sports
More
Betting Tools

 
Yankees avoid sweep, blank Astros

NEW YORK (AP) - Once again, Brandon McCarthy did a pretty nifty imitation of Masahiro Tanaka.

Advertisement
McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees, trying to claw closer in the AL wild-card chase, avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday.

McCarthy improved to 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA in eight starts since the Yankees got him from Arizona in an early July trade. His first outing for New York came a day after Tanaka, off to an All-Star start as a major league rookie, pitched his last game before an elbow tear put him on the disabled list.

''He's been really, really good,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi praised.

Maybe a bit of a surprise, too, considering McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA for the Diamondbacks.

''We knew he was a better pitcher than his numbers indicated,'' Girardi said.

McCarthy outpitched Dallas Keuchel (10-9) as they both threw complete games without a walk - the game took only 2 hours, 7 minutes.

McCarthy said his ''pitch mix is better'' since joining the Yankees, fueling his confidence.

''In Arizona, I'm not getting out of jams, not performing well, and it starts to roll,'' he said.

New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed McCarthy with flawless fielding.

The Yankees' fans also made fine plays - sitting in the first row behind the Houston dugout, comedian Chris Rock wound up with a foul ball off the bat of Astros rookie Jon Singleton, and he gave the souvenir to a young boy as the crowd cheered.

McCarthy struck out eight in his fourth career shutout and first this season. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy's previous two starts.

Keuchel gave up seven hits and struck out five.

''I feel like I pitched just as good as McCarthy, but he was better today,'' Keuchel said.

This was the first nine-inning game where each pitcher threw a complete game without a walk since July 17, 2010, when Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Carl Pavano of the Twins did it, STATS said.

The Astros had won three in a row overall. They were trying to become the first team to come into Yankee Stadium at least 20 games under .500 and sweep a series of three games or more since Milwaukee did it to close the 1972 season, STATS said.

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the second when a double by Martin Prado set up Headley's two-run double. Prado and Headley were the only two Yankees starters to previously hit against Keuchel.

Ichiro Suzuki added a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Dexter Fowler hit a broken-bat double in the Houston fourth - the barrel reached the infield dirt, the ball two-hopped off the right-field wall - that put runners at second and third. Marc Krauss followed with a hard grounder off McCarthy's leg and, after taking a moment to locate the ball on the grass, the lanky pitcher zipped a throw to first that ended the threat.

McCarthy escaped another second-and-third jam in the seventh when Singleton struck out - right after hitting a foul pop to the third-base side that Rock recovered - and retiring Carlos Corporan on a flyball.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Closer Chad Qualls didn't pitch in a save situation Wednesday night because of a back problem. Manager Bo Porter said the right-hander got treatment, but didn't want to comment on Qualls' availability.

Yankees: Tanaka is ready to throw to hitters on the side Saturday in his latest comeback effort from an elbow tear. The session will most likely be at Yankee Stadium. ... Slumping Carlos Beltran again didn't play because of his balky right elbow. He recently had his third cortisone shot. Girardi said the team should have a ''good idea by Saturday where we're headed with this.''

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.47 ERA) starts Friday night at Cleveland vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.27). Peacock will be making his third start since returning from the minors.

Yankees: RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91) starts at Yankee Stadium against White Sox LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94) on Friday night. None of the Chicago hitters have ever faced Greene.

QUICK!

This was the Yankees' fastest nine-inning home game since June 18, 1996, when they beat Minnesota 2-0. ... This was the Astros' fastest game of the season.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Nelson: Top Contender Concerns
Orioles outlast Astros, avoid sweep
Kluber, Indians blow out Blue Jays
Odor homers twice, Rangers top Rays
Phillies knock off Brewers, 6-3
Athletics edge Mets, 'under' hits
Reds avoid sweep, top Marlins
Yankees put 2B Castro back on DL
Astros 3B Colin Moran placed on DL
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
9-1 +939 L3 Days, 8-2 +579 GPlays
13-6 +1,138 L4 Days, +5,153 TY
14-2 +1,280 G-Plays, 21-11 L9 Days
16-8 L24, +2,750 Totals TY
6-2, +419 L8 MLB Guarantees
3-1 +200 Y'day, 7-1 L8 Totals
8-3, +482 Last 11 Guarantees
2-0, +220 Record Yesterday
4-1, +329 L5 MLB Guarantees
+1,554 Net Profits This Year
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks
2017 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 5153
Stephen Nover + 1554
ASA + 863
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 1952
Gary Bart + 1851
Marc Lawrence + 1434
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2750
Micah Roberts + 874
Kyle Hunter + 728
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 1089
ASA + 639
John Fisher + 607
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
John Fisher + 1147
Scott Rickenbach + 940
Gary Bart + 633
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Gary Bart + 1735
Dave Cokin + 1472
Stephen Nover + 863
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership