Astros drop game, series to Yankees

Astros drop game, series to Yankees
May 1, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Astros battled back from an early deficit but never found the lead on Wednesday.

They ended up losing to the Yankees 5-4 in the rubber game of the series in New York. They fell to an AL worst 8-20, tied with the Marlins for the worst record in baseball.

That 8-20 mark ties the worst start in franchise history through 28 games. They were also 8-20 in 1969 and 1967. This is the worst start from a major league club since the Orioles went 7-21 to start the season in 2010.

Starters: Bedard had another shaky outing on Wednesday. He went four innings, gave up six hits and four earned runs. He struck out two and walked four. He hasn't pitched more than four innings in any of his six starts this season. He's still winless.

Bedard did get out of a jam in the second inning. After loading the bases with no outs, he gave up just one run. And he could have been out of the inning on a hard-hit ball to first base. The Astros didn't get the out and a run scored.

David Phelps gave the Yankees 5 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked one.

Bullpen: Paul Clemens looked pretty good in his 1 1/3 innings of work. He gave up one run on one hit and struck out two.

Clemens did get Ichiro to ground into a double play to end the inning but the out on Lyle Overbay was a tag and Eduardo Nunez had time to score. That was the winning run.

Wesley Wright pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball and Hector Ambriz threw a scoreless inning too.

Lineup: The Astros were able to string together some hits in the fourth inning, where they scored all four of their runs.

Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Pena each had two hits.

In the field: Matt Dominguez made a diving catch to end the threat in the third inning.

Minor move: The Rockies acquired outfielder Jose Monzon from the Astros. He is the player to be named later from the Wilton Lopez deal. Monzon, 21, will report to extended spring training for the Rockies.

Next up: The Astros’ road trip is over. They’re returning to start a 10-game homestand on Thursday against the Tigers. Jordan Lyles, who has been in Triple-A, will get the start in the first game. He’ll take Brad Peacock’s spot in the order.

After a four-game series with the Tigers, they’ll face the Angels and Rangers for three games apiece.