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Yankees 6 Astros 5 | Gardner and Torres steal one

Matt Gregory

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The New York Yankees stole one in the Bronx on Tuesday night, with Gleyber Torres driving in Miguel Andújar with a single in the bottom of the 10th after trailing for most of the game. The Yankees committed five errors, which directly led to two unearned runs against CC Sabathia. Sabathia labored through five innings, allowing 10 baserunners, and giving up five runs. Brett Gardner homered twice, and Aaron Judge added a solo home run.  

Turning Point

The ninth inning in total was huge for the Yankees. Dellin Betances walked two batters but struck out two Astros and forced a flyout. Miguel Andújar drew a walk and after a Torres strike out, Brett Gardner willed a ball over the right field wall for his second homer to tie the game.

Three Takeaways

— Errors were killer for the Yankees, it was their second game with five errors in the last 10 seasons. The last came July 21st, 2014 against the Rangers. Torres had the toughest day, with two errors. The infield consists of two rookies, but they cannot continue to have these games down the stretch.

— The Yankees lineup struck out 17 times, with three players striking out three times. Morton had some filthy pitches working throughout the night and had the Yankees off balance. The strike zone was also questionable and led to some displays of frustration from both Yankees players and manager Aaron Boone.

— The bullpen provided five shutout innings, as they continued their strong first half. Jonathan Holder threw another two strong innings, bringing him to 8 2/3 innings in May with an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.58, giving the Yankees more options going forward.

Player of the Game

Brett Gardner accounted for three of the six runs for the Yankees with two home runs and two singles. He got things started with a solo homer in the first, his 13th career lead-off home run and he tied it in ninth. He played solid defense in left field, making a nice jumping catch in the top of the second.

Born and raised in New Jersey in a Yankee household, Matt works with computers by day but has always loved baseball. When he's not doing either of those things, he's probably thinking about Villanova basketball way too much. Follow him on Twitter @MattchewGregory.

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