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Yankees 16, Astros 6: Offense provided Michael Pineda with plenty of run support in first win

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The Yankees scored a whopping 16 runs tonight and earned their first win of the season.

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Yesterday, the Yankees opened the season with a hard-luck loss involving a controversial play at first base that ultimately led to the team playing the game under protest. Tonight, the Yankees sent Michael Pineda to the mound to even out the series, and even though he didn't look particularly sharp out there, the Yankees' offense was able to provide him with more than enough run support.

The Yankee batters wasted no time in jumping all over Astros' starter Collin McHugh. After loading the bases, Mark Teixeira drove in the first run of the game, followed by a two-RBI double off the bat of Brian McCann. Carlos Beltran drove in a run on a ground out, and Chase Headley followed with an RBI up the middle to give the Yankees a 5-1 lead. That was enough to chase McHugh from the game after he threw 43 pitches and only recorded a single out. Michael Feliz came on in relief and Starlin Castro drove in the sixth run of the game with a single up the middle. The Yankees proceeded to load up the bases again, but Alex Rodriguez flew out to end the inning.

The Yankees continued to tack on runs in the second and third innings. Castro, who is off to a blazing hot start, smashed a three-run home run to left in the second inning. Not to be outdone, Mark Teixeira also hit a three-run home run in the third inning to bring the score up to 12-5. Beltran also hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The only batters from tonight's starting lineup that didn't pick up a hit were Brett Gardner and A-Rod, but Gardner drew four walks (a career high), and Rodriguez also walked twice. The Yankees made a lot of substitutions in the seventh inning, bringing in Aaron Hicks, Dustin Ackley and Ronald Torreyes. After McCann and Hicks both singled, Torreyes tripled to drive in both runs. Castro singled to bring home Torreyes, giving the Yankees a 16-6 lead.

Despite all the run support, Pineda started the second inning by giving up a single and a double, then hit Jose Altuve to load the bases for George Springer. Springer ended up hitting a grand slam (the first Pineda has ever given up in his career) to reduce the Yankees' lead to just one run. This was the second home run Pineda gave up tonight, as Carlos Correa took him deep in the top of the first inning. Pineda did settle down as the game went on, and he only gave up two hits after the second inning. One of them happened to be yet another solo home run for Correa, which was also the last run the Astros scored.

Ivan Nova made his first appearance out of the Yankees bullpen tonight, coming on to relieve Pineda in the sixth inning. He gave up four hits, walked one batter and recorded five strikeouts through four innings of work. Nova may not be psyched to be pitching out of the bullpen, but he did do a good job tonight and he earned his first career save. His outing also helped to keep the bullpen fresh.

The weather is not looking promising, but the Yankees plan to send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound tomorrow to get the series win. Mike Fiers is expected to make the start for the Astros at 4:05 EST.

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