Didi's slam, Frazier's big debut go for naught

Didi's slam, Frazier's big debut go for naught

HOUSTON -- With an #ASGWorthy relay throw by Carlos Correa, the Astros held on for a 7-6 comeback victory over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, overcoming Didi Gregorius' first career grand slam and a strong debut by touted rookie Clint Frazier.

Brett Gardner appeared to keep the Yankees' hopes alive in the ninth, as he lined a two-out single to left field off Ken Giles, but he rounded first base aggressively. Josh Reddick alertly fired the ball back to the infield, where Correa's relay throw arrived in time to nail Gardner for the final out of the game.

"This game will show you something crazy every day," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

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Yuli Gurriel delivered a two-run double for the deciding hit as Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman faltered in Houston's four-run eighth inning. Eight Astros batted, with Jose Altuve igniting the rally with a walk and two stolen bases. Evan Gattis contributed a mammoth solo homer -- the first off Betances this season -- and Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez each drew walks, setting the table for Gurriel's go-ahead knock.

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"It's a huge victory for us," said Gurriel, who also hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. "Especially against the Yankees, who we know is a great team. It's always special when you beat the Yankees."

Gurriel's two-run homer

Correa also homered for the Astros, who improved to 10-6 in one-run games.

"We put quality at-bats together," Correa said. "And the results show."

Correa's solo home run

Saturday's win marked the Astros' 24th comeback victory of 2017.

Dealin' a comeback: For the second consecutive outing, Betances struggled with his command, opening the door for Houston's rally. Altuve worked a one-out walk, then stole second and third before Gattis launched a 98.6-mph fastball over the left-field wall. After two more walks and a key Chris Carter error, Gurriel greeted Chapman by delivering the big hit down the left-field line.

"Credit guys like Gattis for starting off that inning well for us," Reddick said. "And Altuve for stealing bases and Correa for not trying to do too much and getting him in. We're just trying to manufacture runs." More >

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Gregorius slugged his grand slam off Will Harris as part of a five-run rally in the sixth inning that started with Frazier's first career hit, a double. The Yankees' No. 2 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, Frazier hit a solo home run off Tony Sipp in the seventh that put New York up, 6-3, at the time.

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"It's probably the best taste of baseball I've ever had," Frazier said. "The Astros played a good game, we played a good game. It's disappointing to lose, but we've got tomorrow. I'm just glad I got to be a part of this game."

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"My breaking ball, I'm not throwing it for strikes. That's what hurt me today and the last couple of times. That's a pitch that I rely on, and they've been laying off some good ones. I haven't been able to throw it for strikes, and that's gotten me into trouble." -- Betances

Yankees: Right-hander Luis Severino (5-3, 3.15 ERA) will start the series finale at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, one start after becoming the youngest Yankee in the last 100 years with 12 strikeouts and no walks in a game. Severino is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his last 10 starts..

Astros: Right-hander Mike Fiers caps off the Astros' six-game homestand and will close out the series against the Yankees at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Minute Maid Park. Fiers is 1-3 with a 3.16 ERA at Minute Maid this season and has not given up a home run in his last six outings.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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