Astros 3 out of combined tie at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston’s Cristian Javier and Héctor Neris held the New York Yankees without a hit for eight innings on Saturday in a game the Astros led 2-0.

Javier pitched seven innings with a career-high 13 strikeouts and one walk, throwing 71 of 115 pitches for strikes. His previous record was 107 shots against Seattle on April 27 last year.

He was replaced by Neris to start the eighth. Aaron Hicks and pinch hitter DJ LeMahieu tied, but Joey Gallo flew to the warning lane for the second out and Aaron Judge’s hard-grounder was fielded by shortstop Aledmys Díaz for a late-inning defender’s pick.

Javier walked Josh Donaldson on a two-out fastball in the first, then retired his next 17 batters before Donaldson reached him when third baseman Alex Bregman passed first for an error on his floor with a withdrawal to the seventh. Giancarlo Stanton took a called third strike and Gleyber Torres hit swinging.

Rookie JJ Matijevic gave Javier a lead in the seventh when he hit his second major league homer, shoving a Gerrit Cole fastball into the second deck from right field. Jose Altuve added a solo homer in the eighth against Michael King.

Javier started 12 of 23 batters for strikes but looked tired and started his final five with balls. His first-strike percentage of 50.9 percent was 155th among 157 pitchers who faced 150 or more plate appearances this season.

A 25-year-old right-hander, Javier has gone without a full game in 83 professional starts. His major league record for innings was seven, twice last year.

Javier started the day 4-3 with a 3.07 ERA this season.

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