- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Will Harris has been Houston’s best reliever this season. One pitch on Friday night sent him to his first loss of the year.

Chris Young smacked a go-ahead, three-run homer off Harris among three other hits in his hometown, lifting the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Astros.

New York managed just three hits through the first six innings and trailed 2-0 before Carlos Beltran and Garrett Jones had back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh to chase Houston rookie starter Vince Velasquez.

He was replaced by Harris (4-1), who was greeted with Young’s shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field to put the Yankees on top.

“Will’s been fantastic,” manager A.J. Hinch said of Harris, who has a 1.03 ERA. “He had one bad pitch in about a month.”

Harris, who has allowed just four runs all season, lamented the pitch to Young.

“I made a bad pitch and he did what he was supposed to do with it and that was the ballgame,” Harris said. “No excuses, just made a bad pitch, guy hit it out.”

Young, who extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games Friday, has nine homers, 33 RBIs and 14 multihit games in 25 career games at Minute Maid Park.

“You’ve got to watch out for those guys,” Hinch said of guys playing in their hometowns. “He’s always hit well. I was with him at Arizona; he loved coming to Minute Maid … we’ve got to figure him out the next two days because we’re still in Houston and he’s still from here.”

Nathan Eovaldi (7-2), who grew up just outside of Houston in Alvin, Texas, yielded five hits and two runs with six strikeouts in six innings to give him a career-high seven wins.

Carlos Correa had a run-scoring single in the third inning for Houston and an RBI single by Evan Gattis made it 2-0 in the sixth.

Chasen Shreve struck out the side in the seventh for New York for his 13th straight scoreless appearance and Dellin Betances struck out two in 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save. Betances leads all relievers in the majors with 61 strikeouts.

Velasquez, who was making his fourth career start, allowed five hits and two runs in a season-high 6 1/3 innings.

“Just a really, really good start to build on for him,” Hinch said. “That’s his best outing, his best stuff in his major league career.”

Jose Altuve singled with one out in the sixth inning and stole second base on a strikeout by Luis Valbuena. It was the first time a runner stole a base with Eovaldi on the mound since June 13, 2014, and it was Altuve’s American League-leading 21st steal.

Altuve made it 2-0 when he scored on a bloop single by Gattis that dropped in between Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner in shallow center field as both Drew and Gregorius fell to the ground trying to catch it.

Young singled in the fifth, but the Yankees couldn’t do anything else in that inning. Chase Headley singled with one out in the sixth before Mark Teixeira grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Jones robbed Colby Rasmus of a hit when he slid on his knees for a catch for the last out of the fourth inning.

Gardner continued his recent hot hitting with a double off the wall in center field with two outs in the third, but Velasquez retired Headley to end the threat. Gardner had two hits Friday night and has three doubles, one triple, four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games.

Hank Conger hit a one-out double in the third inning and scored on a single by Correa with two outs to make it 1-0.


Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, out since May 19 with a sprained right knee, was traveling to Houston on Friday. Manager Joe Girardi said he’ll work out on Saturday and the team would decide whether he’s ready to go on a rehabilitation assignment. Girardi said the Yankees need to see him run at 100 percent before he can be sent out.

Astros: Right-handed reliever Chad Qualls went on the disabled list Friday with a pinched nerve in his neck. … RHP Scott Feldman, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 29, felt good after throwing off the mound in a bullpen session on Thursday. “Actually he felt better than he expected and that’s a positive sign,” Hinch said. “He’s making strides.”


New York’s Masahiro Tanaka (4-3) opposes left-hander Brett Oberholtzer (2-1) when the series continues Saturday. Tanaka will be pitching on extended rest of five days after tying career highs by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in a loss to Detroit on June 21.

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