Humber, Astros drop one to Yankees

Humber, Astros drop one to Yankees
April 30, 2013, 10:15 pm
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The Yankees were able to push across a few tough runs.

The Astros weren't. And because of it, they lost 7-4 on Tuesday night in New York.  

Phillip Humber had a decent outing but again, the Astros weren't able to give him any run support.

Starters: Humber is now 0-6 for the season. He went six innings, giving up nine hits and four runs.

Humber, who's run support average (ESPN) was a 1.50, the second-worst in the league coming in, didn't get runs on Tuesday either. The Astros have scored more than two runs just once in the six games Humber has started.

Humber has already lost more games this season in six starts than he did last season in 16 starts (26 games) for the White Sox.

Hiroki Kuroda didn't allow a run to the Astros on Tuesday.

Kuroda, who came in with a 2.79 ERA, improved to 4-1 on the season. He went seven innings and gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked four.

Bullpen: Brad Peacock got his first work out of the bullpen on Tuesday since he was taken out of the starting rotation. And it didn't go extremely well. He pitched 2/3 of an inning, gave up three hits and two runs (both unearned).

With two outs in the ninth inning, when the Astros pulled within three, Mariano Rivera came on for the last out to close the game.

Lineup: The Astros don’t score runs when Humber pitches. They just don’t and Tuesday was no exception. The Astros didn’t score until Humber was out of the game on Tuesday.

Chris Carter hit a two-run shot in the eighth and the Astros pushed across two more in the ninth.

Jason Castro and Jose Altuve were the only Houston players with more than one hit. Rick Ankiel had three strikeouts. The Astros had 12 on the night.

Yankees DH Travis Hafner went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with two infield singles and two runs scored.

Next up: The Astros have one more road game against the Yankees on Wednesday. At 6 p.m. they finish the series with Erik Bedard on the mound.

They then return for a four-game series against the Tigers. They then play three at home against the Angels and three against the Rangers.

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