Yankees can’t figure out Dallas Keuchel again, fall 3-2 to Astros

Dallas Keuchel owns the Yankees.

The Astros lefty ace was sensational once again Thursday night in the Bronx, leading Houston to a 3-2 victory over the Bombers in the series opener at the Stadium. In 50.2 career innings against the Yankees, Keuchel has allowed just seven earned runs – a 1.24 ERA.

Keuchel walked one and struck out nine over six innings, stifling the potent New York offense with a sharp mix of two-seam fastball, cutter, slider and changeup. Righthander Chris Devenski then hurled two scoreless innings before Ken Giles closed the game out for the Astros (24-11).

The Yankees (21-11) put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth. Gary Sanchez singled through the left side, but Jake Marisnick gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury at home to end the game.

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Gary Sanchez and the Yankees fail to get much offense going against Dallas Keuchel Thursday night.

Gary Sanchez and the Yankees fail to get much offense going against Dallas Keuchel Thursday night.

(Kathy Willens/AP)

PLAY OF THE GAME

Carlos Correa loves playing at the Stadium. The Astros shortstop smacked a two-run opposite-field home run in the first inning, scoring Josh Reddick, who doubled on a pop up that fell between Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury in shallow center. The Yankees never recovered from Correa’s early blast.

TURNING POINT

The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth and only came away with one run. First, Chris Carter struck out on a wicked back-foot slider from Keuchel. Then a run came home on Ellsbury’s catcher’s inference before Gary Sanchez grounded to third to end the threat.

STAR OF THE GAME

Keuchel, who allowed just one unearned run on five hits in his third career victory at the Stadium.

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STAT

Ellsbury has drawn 28 career catcher’s interferences, the second-most all-time behind Pete Rose (29). Rose recorded 15,890 plate appearances. Ellsbury has 5,083, including Thursday night.

Keuchel holds the Yankees to one unearned run over six innings while striking out nine.

Keuchel holds the Yankees to one unearned run over six innings while striking out nine.

(Kathy Willens/AP)

UNSUNG HERO

Michael Pineda, who suffered the loss despite only allowing three runs over 6.2 innings and striking out seven. His 3.27 ERA still leads all Yankee starters.

MIA

Aaron Judge, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

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