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‘Stros Rally Past Yanks; D-Backs Walk-Off vs Rangers

Altuve homers, Springer helps Astros rally past Yankees 6-3

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve hit his 100th homer and George Springer’s two-run double in the eighth inning helped the Houston Astros to their third straight comeback win, 6-3 over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Houston has won five in a row overall to improve to 7-5.

The Astros trailed by one when Alex Bregman doubled off Jonathan Holder with two outs in the seventh inning and scored on a double by Michael Brantley that tied it at 3. Chad Green (0-2) retired Carlos Correa to end the inning.

But the Astros, who rallied to beat Oakland on Sunday and New York in Monday’s series opener, got a single from Yuli Gurriel with no outs in the eighth before back-to-back walks to Robinson Chirinos and Tony Kemp loaded the bases with one out.

Springer then sent a ball down the third base line and into the left field corner, scoring Gurriel and Chirinos to make it 5-3. Kemp would have scored on the play, too, but he tripped and fell coming around third base and had to return to the bag with a dive to narrowly avoid a tag.

It didn’t matter much though as Kemp scored on a sacrifice fly by Altuve to push the lead to 6-3.

Gerrit Cole, who lost his first two starts this season, remained winless after
being lifted with the game tied after allowing four hits and three runs in seven innings. Hector Rondon (1-0) struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth for the win and Roberto Osuna fanned one in a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

New York rookie starter Jonathan Loaisiga gave up four hits and two runs in three innings.

The Yankees led early after Luke Voit sent the first pitch he saw into center
field for a solo homer with two outs in the first.

A sacrifice fly by Gurriel tied it in the second.

The Yankees had runners on first and second with no outs in the third when
Brett Gardner dropped down a bunt that barely made it out of the batter’s box. Apparently thinking it was foul, Gardner stopped after just a few steps toward first base and the Astros turned a double play.

There was one out in the third when Altuve’s homer, which bounced off the wall above left field, put Houston up 2-1. It came after he hit one off the train tracks above left field on Monday night.

There were two on and one out in the sixth when Gary Sanchez hit a sharp liner for a double that bounced low on the wall in left field and darted away from Kemp to score two runs and put New York up 3-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Ace right-hander Luis Severino has a Grade 2 lat strain and will stop throwing for six weeks. Severino has been out since he was scratched from what would have been his first spring training appearance in early March with right shoulder inflammation. He returned to New York for tests when he wasn’t feeling great, and the new injury was diagnosed on Tuesday. … 3B Miguel Andujar (right shoulder) is scheduled to play catch Wednesday for the first time since he was injured. “Hopefully it’s a big step for him because that potentially tells us a lot in how he’s able to respond to that,” manager Aaron Boone said. … Boone said OF Giancarlo Stanton (left biceps strain) is feeling better and could hit off a tee Wednesday or Friday.

Astros: Bregman left in the eighth after pulling up while running to second base. The team did not immediately provide an update on his condition.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP James Paxton (1-1, 4.09 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday night. Paxton got his first win with the Yankees in his last outing when he allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out nine in 5 1/3 innings against Baltimore.

Astros: RHP Collin McHugh (1-1, 2.45) got the win in his last start against
Oakland when he allowed three hits and one run in six innings.

George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets

By CLIFF BRUNT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Paul George hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 112-111 on Tuesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 33rd triple-double of the season and George added 27 points for the Thunder, who won their fourth straight.

James Harden scored 39 points and Chris Paul added 24 for the Rockets.

Harden scored 26 points in the first half to help the Rockets take a 60-51 lead.

The Rockets led 93-80 at the end of the third quarter. Oklahoma City rallied,
and it hit another level after Westbrook returned from a rest in the fourth. His 3-pointer finally put the Thunder ahead 100-99.

Houston regained the lead, but Westbrook hit a 3-pointer with 20.2 seconds left to cut the Rockets’ lead to a point. Harden made two free throws at the other end to make it a three-point game. Westbrook dunked with 9.7 seconds left to trim Houston’s lead to 110-109.

Harden made the first and missed the second free throw at the other end with 9.4 seconds left to set up George’s shot. Houston had one more chance after George’s 3-pointer, but Harden missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Harden shot 4 for 11 in the first quarter and still scored 14 points. … The Rockets shot 16 3-pointers and four 2-pointers in the third quarter. … Houston made 18 of 53 3-pointers after setting the NBA record with 27 made 3s Sunday against Phoenix.

Thunder: C Steven Adams had nine rebounds in the first quarter and finished with 13. … Terrance Ferguson scored 16 points for his highest-scoring game since Jan. 17. … Westbrook was called for a Flagrant 1 early in the third quarter for running through Houston’s P.J. Tucker. … It was the 137th triple-double of Westbrook’s career, leaving him one behind Magic Johnson for second all-time.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Will host a team to be determined in the first round of the playoffs.

Thunder: At Milwaukee on Wednesday.

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