Hiroki Kuroda did everything right on the mound (minus a few mistakes), and hoped the Yankees offense would be able to help him. Unfortunately the Yankees were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position as they fell to the Houston Astros 3-1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas.
Kuroda went six innings giving up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts. Kuroda gave up one run in the first on a lead-off home run by Dexter Fowler into the Astros bullpen. The second run occured in the third when Robbie Grossman reached base on an E3 by Mark Teixeira, scoring Fowler who had a triple prior to the at-bat. David Phelps gave up a home run to Matt Dominguez in the seventh inning to pull the Yankees further away from the Astros.
The Yankees couldn’t do much offensively, getting their only run in the top of the seventh. Brett Gardner had a lead-off walk and made his way to third on a Brian Roberts single. Yangervis Solarte, who was pinch hitting for Kelly Johnson, grounded into a double play but scored Gardner in the process.
– Ivan Nova will take the mound as the Yankees attempt to salvage the final game of this three game set. Brett Olberholtzer will take the mound for the Astros. First pitch will be 8:05 p.m. ET and the game will air on the YES Network.