Yankees score three in the ninth to earn comeback victory against Astros
The Yankees were cardiac kids on Day 1 of their two-day stay on Florida's east coast, using a three-run ninth to score a 6-4 comeback win over the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
New York's nine held the lead for much of the game, taking a quick 2-0 advantage on Chase Headley's two-run double in the first. The Astros got one back in the second on a Colin Moran sacrifice fly, but the Yankees pushed the advantage back to two in the sixth when Headley and Ronald Torreyes executed a double-steal that plated Headley.
Houston would tie it in the bottom of the frame, though, on RBI singles by Yulieski Gurriel and Moran, and J.D. Davis' sac fly in the eighth gave them a 4-3 lead entering the final inning. That's when the Yankees offense took over again, loading the bases on a single and two walks before getting some timely help from Astros miscues.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Houston's Jandal Gustave uncorked a wild pitch that turned a 4-3 lead into a 5-4 deficit, Clint Frazier scoring on the wild pitch itself and Thairo Estrada scampering home when catcher Garrett Stubbs' backhand flip towards the plate went wide of Gustave and into the infield.
Another wild pitch moved remaining baserunner Rob Refsnyder from second to third, and after Gustave walked Solano, Stubbs made another throwing error attempting to catch Solano stealing second, allowing Refsnyder to score to make it 6-4.
Houston tried to rally in the ninth, drawing a pair of walks to put the tying run on with two outs, but Jason Gurka struck out Jason Mayfield looking to end the game.
Offensively, the Yankees had 11 hits and drew six walks but only two RBI thanks to the double-steal, wild pitch, and two throwing errors plating four of their runs. Headley (2-for-3, 2 RBI, run) and Frazier (2-for-2, run) had multi-hit games, but on the other side, the hot-hitting trio of Greg Bird, Matt Holliday, and Tyler Wade went a combined 0-for-8 with a walk and five strikeouts.
On the mound, Adam Warren started and allowed one run on four hits, with one walk and one strikeout, in 3 2/3 innings, and Ben Heller finished the fourth by retiring the only batter he would face. Luis Severino then came in and was not sharp, allowing three runs on six hits (with two walks and two strikeouts) in 3 1/3 innings, a line that could have been bigger if not for Aaron Hicks making both a leaping catch at the wall and an incredible throw to nail a runner at the plate.
Gio Gallegos (one hit, one walk in one inning) relieved Severino and allowed one of those runs charged to Sevvy to score, but Gurka came on with one out in the ninth and went called strikeout, walk, called strikeout to earn a save.
With the win, the Yankees are now 17-6 in Grapefruit League play and 18-6 overall this spring. They will remain in Palm Beach for the night and head back to the Ballpark on Monday afternoon for a 1:05 p.m. start against the stadium's other tenant, the Nationals.