Dallas Keuchel's walk year just keeps getting worse for the lefthander. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner dropped another decision to the Yankees Wednesday to go 3-7 on the season. The 5-3 loss to the Brinks Bombers represented the first losing series for the Astros since the first week of May.
Stassi: Two-run jack
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Whether the Astros lose the AL West lead will depend on the Rangers-Mariners game that will end after I've gone to bed. Quietly, the M's have won 8-of-their-last-10 despite losing Robinson Cano to suspension/injury.
Luis Severino was the more immediate worry of the Astros on Wednesday. He won his eighth game while tossing seven innings of four-hit ball, striking out 11 and giving up two earned runs. David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman finished up. George Springer struck out for the final out as the potential tying run at the plate.
Keuchel's night was a little shorter. He was pulled in the sixth after allowing a double, a wild pitch and an RBI single. Collin McHugh came in and eventually gave up the fifth Yankee run when Aaron Hicks doubled home Austin Romine. McHugh tossed the remaining three innings, allowing just the one run on one hit and fanning three.
On offense, Max Stassi was the star. He smacked a two-run shot into the bullpen beyond left field to give the Astros their only lead at 2-1 in the fifth. New York answered quickly on a two-run single by Gary Sanchez. Stassi drove in the final run with a double off Chapman in the ninth.
Well, other than postseason, the Astros (35-22) have finished their season series with the Indians and Yankees. Now they get to work on the league-leading Boston Red Sox (39-17) in a four-game set at Minute Maid this weekend. Lefty Drew Pomeranz (1-2) will pitch the 7:10 pm Central Thursday night opener against hot-and-cold Lance McCullers (6-3).
Carlos Correa's slump continued. He went oh-for-4 with three strikeouts and has batted below .200 this month. Jose Altuve had also been slumping before this recent road trip where he has hit 15-for-32 (.470).
- Bob Hulsey