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McHugh, Gattis lead Astros past Yankees

Jun 28, 2015 - 11:01 PM Houston, TX ( - Collin McHugh tossed eight outstanding innings and Evan Gattis delivered a tie-breaking RBI triple in the seventh that lifted the Houston Astros to a 3-1 triumph over the New York Yankees.

Gattis' shot off the left-center field wall off Michael Pineda plated Carlos Correa and snapped a 1-1 tie, while rewarding McHugh (9-3) for an effort in which he yielded just two hits and notched eight strikeouts.

"It's not just like he logged innings today, he logged innings while using his best stuff," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of McHugh. "That's a tough lineup to get through and a lot of damage that could be done. Just a really, really good pitching performance."

Correa doubled twice and a scored pair of runs, having previously rounded the bases on a two-base error from Brett Gardner after the rookie's fly ball in the fourth inning dropped in between the New York center fielder and teammate Garrett Jones.

Pineda (8-5) registered his first career complete game in a losing cause, with the right-hander reached for three runs -- two earned -- and fanning eight without a walk over eight innings.

Gardner's RBI single was one of just two New York hits as the Yankees settled for a split of this four-game set.

Pineda and McHugh were locked in a 1-1 duel when Correa opened the bottom of the seventh with a hard double to left. After a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve, Gattis hammered a Pineda slider to the base of the wall to easily score Correa with the go-ahead run.

McHugh made the newfound lead stand with a 1-2-3 eighth that followed a perfect, five-pitch seventh. He set down 17 of the final 18 hitters faced after Gardner's one-out single in the third brought in Stephen Drew for the game's initial run.

"When you hit these little streaks and you're throwing the ball well, you just try to ride it out as long as you can," McHugh stated.

Luke Gregerson kept the Yankee bats quiet in the ninth, recording three straight ground-ball outs to earn his 18th save.

Houston got an insurance run in its half of the eighth when Preston Tucker doubled, moved up on a groundout and crossed the plate on Jason Castro's sacrifice fly.

Gardner's single, which came after Drew worked a walk and advanced a base on a wild pitch, was New York's first hit of the day. The Yankees didn't get another until Alex Rodriguez singled and was left stranded in the sixth.

Pineda was sharp as well in bouncing back from Monday's brutal outing against Philadelphia, when he was rocked for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Nine straight Astros had been retired until Jones and Gardner nearly collided on Correa's catchable fly ball in the gap, in which Gardner then kicked the ball to the wall as the young shortstop neared third and beat the throw home with room to spare.

"They both were calling. Neither one of them heard each other," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the play. "Obviously it's a play that has to be made."

Game Notes

McHugh ran his record to 16-3 in 26 starts dating back to August 1 of last season, the most wins of any pitcher over that stretch ... New York's Chris Young had a 10-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 ... Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus sat out a second straight game due to a skin infection ... The Astros improved to 9-3 on Sundays this season.