Verlander Outduels Severino. Houston 3 NY 1

Luis Severino made one big mistake — a 3-run homer to Kyle Tucker in the 6th inning — while Justin Verlander also made one mistake — but somewhat smaller — a solo homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the 6th. And that was the difference in the ballgame.

The Yankees got 2 runners on in the 8th and 2 runners on in the 9th but couldn’t get the big hit to tie the game.

“I thought at-bat wise throughout the game, and through their relievers as well, we were getting ourselves into good positions, but we just couldn’t break through,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards.

On a June Friday evening in the Bronx.

Houston evens the 4-game series at Yankee Stadium one game apiece, with afternoon games upcoming on Saturday and Sunday. NY falls to 52-19; Houston is 44-26.

1. Severino Brilliant Until the 6th

Luis Severino was pitching a shutout into the 6th — matching Verlander on the other hill.

He was helped in the 4th by a spectacular catch by Aaron Hicks in left.

Severino got out of trouble in the 5th — allowing a leadoff double then a single to put 1st and 3rd, nobody out — but then struck out the next 3 batters, including Jose Altuve looking to end it.

But in the 6th he allowed a 1-out double to Alex Bregman and walked the dangerous Yordon Alvarez. Then Tucker hit a bomb to right and it was 3-0 just like that.

Severino got the last 2 outs of the inning and finished with 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 7 strikeouts. It was a quality start. But he gets the loss to go 4-2 3.38.

2. Giancarlo Blast Off Verlander

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the 6th when Giancarlo Stanton finally drew blood against Justin Verlander — an opposite field bomb to right for a 3-1 game.

Verlander pitched a shutout 7th and finished with 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 strikeouts. He got the win to go 9-3 2.22.

3. Yank Relievers Do their Job

Ron Marinaccio, Miguel Castro and Wandy Peralta all pitched a shutout inning to keep the Yanks in the game to the late innings.

4. Yanks Late Chances

DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the bottom of the 8th off reliever Phil Maton. After an Aaron Judge strikeout, Maton walked Anthony Rizzo to put the tying run on base and the go-ahead run at the plate — but Maton then struck out Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning.

With 1 out in the 9th, Aaron Hicks worked a big walk off Rafael Montero to get the tying run to the plate — and then with 2 outs pinch hitter Matt Carpenter walked to again put the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. But DJ LeMahieu grounded out for the old ballgame.

The Boxscore


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