Yet Another Bullpen Meltdown
Devenski, Peacock Betray Morton

Federowicz: Back in the show
(c) Associated Press
Yet again, the Astros took a lead into the ninth inning Tuesday night and came away losers. This time, a 5-3 Houston lead dissolved into a 6-5 loss to the Yankees even though Charlie Morton had topped C.C. Sabathia before 45,458 partisans in The Bronx.

Brett Gardner had four hits for the Brinks Bombers including homers in the first and ninth innings - both to right-center. The second clout tied the game at five apiece. In the tenth, with Brad Peacock on the mound, Gleyber Torres singled home Miguel Andujar for the game-winner as Yankee fans gloated everywhere. The Astros are now 1-4 in extra-inning games.

Chris Devenski coughed up the two-run shot by Gardner in the ninth. Earlier, Frankenjudge belted his 15th long ball of the year, a solo shot off Morton that narrowed the gap to 5-3 Houston.

Evan Gattis continued his hot hitting with a solo homer off Sabathia in the second. After Marwin Gonzalez gave Houston a 3-2 lead in the fourth with a two-run double, Yuli Gurriel singled in the fifth to plate Alex Bregman and Gattis belted a sacrifice fly to give the Astros a 5-2 advantage.

The Yankees were also sporting hosts by committing five - count 'em, FIVE - errors and still pulled the game out. Teams who give their opponents five extra outs typically don't win ballgames.

If Seattle holds on against the Rangers Tuesday night, the Mariners will take over first place in the West by percentage points.

Houston has one last chance to knock of New York who has won the season series, 4-2. That may come into play in some playoff tiebreakers.

Dallas Keuchel (3-6) takes his turn against Luis Severino (7-1) in a 5:35 pm Central start on Wednesday before the Astros come home to play four games against the league-leading Boston Red Sox.

No official word from the Houston clubhouse but I would not be shocked if the Astros make a call for bullpen reinforcements. Before the game, Houston placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day disabled list with knee soreness. Tim Federowicz was called up from AAA Fresno to take his spot.

- Bob Hulsey