The 35-17 Yankees stayed two games back of Boston by beating Houston Wednesday night, 5-3, behind their ace, Luis Severino.
Severino made just one mistake, and it was hit for a 2-run HR. He retired the first 11 he faced, seven by strikeout. In seven innings, he gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 11.
The Yanks struck first in the first inning when Hicks walked, Judge singled him to third and Stanton hit a SF.
Houston went up 2-1 in the top of the fifth on the 2-run HR by Max Stassi.
The Yanks got it right back in the bottom of the fifth when Romine singled, and with two out, Judge singled. Stanton walked to load the bases for Sanchez, who singled in two runs.
In the sixth, Torres doubled, went to third on a WP, and scored on a Didi single. Didi was thrown out trying to steal for the second out of the inning (Andujar had struck out), but then Romine walked and Hicks doubled home Romine to make it 5-2.
Houston got a run off off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth before Chapman closed out the game.
Judge 2 hits.
Sanchez 2 RBI
Severino (W, 8-1, 2.31) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 11 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.21
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.54