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Keuchel tosses shutout as Astros down Yankees

Jun 26, 2015 - 3:39 AM Houston, TX ( - Dallas Keuchel had a career-high 12 strikeouts en route to a six-hit shutout as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Thursday.

Keuchel (9-3) issued one walk while recording his second shutout of the season. The left-hander has now gone at least six innings in 27 consecutive starts.

"He had all his pitches working," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Keuchel. "He had his little moxie on the mound. He was very confident, went right at guys and got guys out with every pitch."

Evan Gattis drove in two runs and Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.

New York starter Adam Warren (5-5) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The Astros gave Keuchel all the support he would need in the second inning. Colby Rasmus reached on a fielder's choice and raced home on Preston Tucker's double to left.

Houston tacked on another run in the fourth. Altuve led off with a double and moved to third when Luis Valbuena reached on Stephen Drew's fielding error. Rasmus' sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

Altuve scored again in the sixth after he reached on an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on catcher John Ryan Murphy's throwing error and raced home on Gattis' single.

The Astros plated one run in the eighth. Altuve doubled and stole third before Valbuena walked. Gattis followed with an RBI double to left, but Valbuena was thrown out at home.

Keuchel retired 15 straight batters before loading the bases with two outs in the ninth. He got Jose Pirela to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

"He stayed down in the zone, he used the corners," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Keuchel's success.

Game Notes

It was Keuchel's third complete game of the season ... The Astros came to terms with LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, the No. 2 pick from this month's MLB draft ... New York started a seven-game road trip, while Houston began a seven-game homestand.