NEW YORK – During the first 17 innings of this series, the New York Yankees did not fare well against the Houston Astros.
First, they could not do much against Justin Verlander on Monday, and on Tuesday they went three outs from a close loss highlighted by strikeouts and errors.
Now the Yankees are in position to win the series thanks to rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres.
After Torres delivered the winning single of the game in the tenth inning on Tuesday, the Yankees conclude their season series with the Astros on Wednesday.
New York is 4-2 against the defending champions and three of those victories occurred in their last at-bat, including Tuesday's 6-5 win. None of the wins, however, seemed as unlikely as Tuesday when the Yankees made five mistakes for the second time in the last decade and won by doing so for the fourth time since 1960.
"We did not play our best baseball," he said. Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, whose home run in the ninth inning forced extra innings. "Every time you make five mistakes and you can go sneaking around with a victory, you will take it."
The Yankees are in position to win for the 17th time in their last 21 home games before starting a 12- trip per game due to Torres, who is hitting .321 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in his first 32 games since he joined the team on April 22.
"It's obvious the talent he has," receiver Gary Sanchez said through an interpreter. "He's just showing what he can do."
Whatever Torres does in his next game, it's probably from ninth place in the lineup. Torres hit the fifth Monday against Verlander, but returned to the ninth Tuesday.
"I'm not afraid to move him because I think he's a good hitter and I think he'll be comfortable wherever we put it and it's a good thing" It depends on how we match, "Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. I like him on the ninth hole because of the length of our lineup and the quality of the hitters. "
The Astros will try to get their 15th win in 21 games and recover from a second collapse in the bullpen this week. relievers threw a five-run lead in an eventual loss of 14 innings in Cleveland and on Tuesday, Chris Devenski failed to protect a 5-3 lead
"The fighting did not hurt us, I think the execution did it", manager from Houston AJ Hinch said, "We had a difficult time to finish with some hitters that was worth it to them, but obviously our bullpen has been hit a bit.
"We had several guys that we were not going to use tonight, that was changing as the game went on, you feel a little bit on a night like this."
Among those not available on Tuesday was closer Ken Giles , whom Hinch said was not available until after 10.
The Astros will wait if it is a closed race on Wednesday Dallas Keuchel (3-6, 3.39) can help Giles get the game.
Keuchel is the only Houston starter with a losing record, but leads the American League with a ground ball rate of 57.7 percent.
Keuchel is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts, including May 2 when he was on the losing end of a 4-0 decision against the Yankees in Houston.
He allowed two home runs to Giancarlo Stanton between three runs and six hits in seven innings.
Including the postseason, Keuchel is 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA in 10 appearances against the Yankees. He is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA in six starts in New York.
On Friday, Keuchel allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings in an 11-2 victory in Cleveland when the Astros scored all of their runs in the eighth inning. and ninth.
The Yankees expect Luis Severino (7-1, 2.28) to be as good as his last appearance with the Astros four weeks ago in Houston. On May 2, he released a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts in 110 pitches.
Severino launched his first full-career game averaging 98.3 mph on his 60 fast four-seam, 88.7 mph on his 34 sliders and 88.6 mph on his 16 changes.
Severino's performance in Houston is part of a run of eight consecutive starts without a loss that continued when he allowed a run with four hits in six innings of a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Since his loss in Boston on April 10, Severino is 5-0 with a 1.87 ERA.
He is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in four regular-season appearances (three starts) against the Astros.
Severino will probably face shortstop Carlos Correa. Correa, who is hitting .196 (18 of 92), was given on Tuesday off but is expected to play on Wednesday.