New York Yankees fans hold signs before the start of a Tuesday’s game against the Astros at New York. Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Boos and bad words streamed loudly from the seats in the Houston Astros’ return to Yankee Stadium, and New York got a homer and four hits from Giancarlo Stanton to sate those spiteful fans with a 7-3 victory Tuesday night.

In Houston’s first visit to the Bronx since their sign-stealing scam was exposed, an error by Astros third baseman Alex Bregman in the sixth inning let New York blow the game open.

A pandemic-limited, sellout crowd of 10,850 skipped subtle barbs for salty language, aimed especially at 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve. Several brought signs insulting the Astros, and security confiscated multiple inflatable trash cans.

Bregman homered in the first inning to momentarily hush those haters, but his miscue in the sixth with the game tied 3-3 doomed Houston.

He barehanded DJ LeMahieu’s bases-loaded slow roller but skipped his throw past first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Three runs scored on the play, the last Rougned Odor, whose left knee slammed into catcher Martin Maldonado’s head as he reached the plate. Odor appeared to be trying to avoid LeMahieu’s bat, which was lying in the right-handed batter’s box.

LeMahieu was credited with a single and an RBI, and one of the runs was unearned. Stanton made it 7-3 when he scored LeMahieu with a single.

The Yankees have won 9 of 12 and improved to 15-14, their first time over .500 since they were 3-2. Lucas Luetge (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth and was credited with the win.
Brandon Bielak (1-1) took the loss.

RANGERS 6, TWINS 3: Adolis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to complete a comeback as visiting Texas beat Minnesota.

Garcia had three hits, including his seventh home run, and three RBI.


PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 5: Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of solo homers and Brad Miller slammed a three-run shot to back Aaron Nola, helping Philadelphia beat visiting Milwaukee.

Nola (3-1) struck out 10 and allowed one run and five hits in six gritty innings as the Phillies held on to earn consecutive wins for the first time since they started the season 4-0.

BRAVES 6, NATIONALS 1: Huascar Ynoa hit a grand slam and pitched seven stress-free innings in a dominant two-way performance, leading Atlanta to a win at Washington.

Ynoa blasted a fastball from Tanner Rainey 427 feet to center field in the sixth inning, extending his left arm on the follow-through like a polished slugger. It was the first grand slam by a major league pitcher since Cincinnati’s Anthony DeSclafani on June 23, 2018.

MARLINS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 3: NL RBI leader Jesus Aguilar delivered a tie-breaking single in a six-run eighth inning, and Miami beat visiting Arizona.

The score was 3-all when Miguel Rojas led off the eighth with a double against Kevin Ginkel (0-1), and Rojas came home on Aguilar’s single. Corey Dickerson followed with an infield single, and catcher Stephen Vogt’s throwing error allowed Aguilar to score all the way from first.

Lewis Brinson hit a three-run homer off Alex Young to complete the scoring for the Marlins, who totaled four runs while being swept last weekend in a three-game series at Washington.

GIANTS 12, ROCKIES 4: Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead single and a grand slam in a 10-run first inning that propelled San Francisco to a win at Denver in the doubleheader opener.

Belt connected for his home run on the sixth pitch after Jhoulys Chacin relieved starter German Marquez, a 452-foot drive for his third career slam. Posey went deep four pitches later.

CUBS 7, DODGERS 1: Clayton Kershaw lasted just one inning in the shortest start of his stellar career and Kyle Hendricks pitched a complete game for host Chicago in the first game of a doubleheader.

Exactly 11 years after he went just 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee in what was his shortest start, Kershaw (4-3) didn’t last long in this one.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner gave up four runs and four hits, including an RBI single by Anthony Rizzo and three-run double by David Bote. He faced nine batters in a 39-pitch inning as his ERA rose from 2.09 to 2.95. The Dodgers lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Hendricks (2-3) went seven innings in his sixth career complete game and the longest outing for the Cubs this season. He gave up seven hits, struck out six and walked one, lowering his ERA from 7.54 to 6.07.


WHITE SOX 9, REDS 0: Dylan Cease pitched one-hit ball for six innings, struck out 11 and amazingly got three hits in his first pro plate appearances as Chicago won at Cincinnati.

It was a historic night at the plate for Cease, who doubled and singled twice before getting pulled for a pinch hitter.

Cease is the first American League pitcher since Jarrod Washburn in 2001 to have a three-hit game. He is the first White Sox pitcher with three hits in a game since Tom Bradley on May 14, 1972, against Baltimore, a year before the designated hitter came into play.

Cease (2-0) also became the second White Sox pitcher to have three or more hits and 10 or more strikeouts in a game, joining Red Faber on April 15, 1915, at St. Louis. Cease tied his career for strikeouts.

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