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Yankees conclude series at Houston

Jun 28, 2015 - 2:03 PM ( - The New York Yankees and Houston Astros will battle it out in the final game of a four-contest series Sunday at Minute Maid Park when a pair of eight-win pitchers hit the mound.

Michael Pineda gets the nod for the Yankees in the series finale, while Collin McHugh hopes to earn his ninth win of the season as he takes the mound for the 'Stros.

The 26-year-old Pineda has clawed his way to an 8-4 record this season, but he'll be trying to lower a 4.25 earned run average in the process. He's fanned 87 batters and walked only 12 in 84 2/3 innings so far.

Pineda will have to bounce back in a big way, though. He was absolutely shelled on Monday when he faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies at home, where he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in a mere 3 1/3 innings. It was Pineda's second loss in his last three starts.

In six road starts this season, Pineda has struggled to a 4-2 record with a 5.05 ERA.

A good chunk of McHugh's eight wins have come in his last five starts. The 28- year-old is 3-1 over his last five outings, with two wins in each of his last starts. The righty racked up eight innings of two-run ball Tuesday against the Angels in Houston's 13-3 win.

McHugh heads into Sunday's clash with an 8-3 record and a 4.80 ERA. He adds 76 strikeouts against 22 walks in 93 2/3 innings of work.

New York was able to sneak by with a win on Friday over the Astros, 3-2, but the Yankees made more emphatic waves Saturday with a 9-6 victory in the third game of the series.

Both starters - Masahiro Tanaka for New York and Brett Oberholtzer for Houston - allowed six runs each, so Mark Teixeira's two-run double to deep left field in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie allowed Chasen Shreve to pick up the victory.

Brian McCann got the ball rolling with a grand slam in the first inning to put the Yanks up 4-0, then Chris Young belted a two-run shot in the second for the 6-0 advantage.

Houston pulled even thanks to strong bats. Homers by Chris Carter, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve specifically aided the cause.

Teixeira and Chase Headley drove in the winning runs for the Yankees.

Each team managed 10 hits in the contest, but Houston made two errors in the field.

New York took a 2-1 advantage in the season series with the Saturday victory.