Gerrit Cole tossed a gritty seven innings to keep the Yankees at bay and lead the Astros to a 4-1 win Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Houston takes a 2-1 ALCS series lead.
Cole was far from his best but managed to grind out seven solid innings. He tied his career high by surrendering five walks but kept the Yankees off the board. Cole struck out seven and allowed just four hits while earning his third win of this post season. He hasn't lost in 25 starts dating back to May 22nd. Joe Smith gave up the lone run in the 8th on a solo homer. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th for a save.
Jose Altuve put the Astros up early in the 1st with a solo jack to left center. Josh Reddick followed suit with a solo blast of his own in the 2nd inning to make it 2-0. Altuve would later score on a wild pitch in the 7th as Yuli Gurriel drove in the 4th and final run with a sac-fly in the same inning. Michael Brantley and Altuve both had two hits in the win.
Game 4 is planned for Wednesday but could be cancelled with a strong line of rain to come through the northeast. Both teams have a bullpen day planned if the game is able to be played. Game 4 would be played Thursday if it is rained out which would allow both teams to bring back their game 1 starters on full rest.