HOUSTON (AP) Charlie Morton and the Houston Astros ended the New York Yankees‘ winning streak Monday night – and they think they sent a little message in the process.
Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the defending World Series champions snapped New York’s nine-game run with a 2-1 victory.
”We want to prove a point. We want to make a statement that we’re the team to beat and you have to come past us first,” said closer Ken Giles, who struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.
Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s AL Championship Series, when Morton allowed two hits over five innings for the win in a 4-0 victory that sent the Astros to the World Series.
Houston has won seven straight at home against the Yankees (18-10) including the postseason, holding them to no more than one run in each of their last six games here.
The Astros (20-10) tied the best 30-game start in franchise history, also accomplished last year and in 1973.