NEW YORK — Anthony Volpe delivered a go-ahead, two-out hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, helping to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.
The rookie shortstop laced a Kendall Graveman sinker into right field, driving home Harrison Bader from second base as the Yankees cooled off Houston in their first meeting since last year’s American League Championship Series.
Giancarlo Stanton and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning off Cristian Javier, who had enjoyed nothing but success previously against the Yankees, including a combined no-hitter in the Bronx last June.
The early blasts supported New York starter Clarke Schmidt, who limited Houston to two runs and four hits over five innings. Schmidt is 5-0 with a 3.61 ERA (19 ER / 47 1/3 IP) over his last nine starts.
Wandy Peralta surrendered a game-tying home run to Kyle Tucker in the top of the sixth. Houston threatened in the seventh against Michael King, who induced Jeremy Peña to hit into an inning-ending double play.