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Astros beat Yankees 2-1 in Game 2 of ALCS

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By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

  
HOUSTON (AP) - A lot of swings and misses for the New York Yankees, who are in another 0-2 series hole in the playoffs.
  
Maybe the Yankees just need to get to the potential elimination games - they don't seem to lose those.
  
New York catcher Gary Sanchez was unable to come up with a short-hop relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius with Jose Altuve charging toward the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Houston Astros won 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.
  
New York has lost the first two games by the same tight score to Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. So just like in the Division Series, the Yankees are down 0-2 and headed back home.
  
In that best-of-five set against the 102-win Cleveland Indians, the Yankees won three straight games when facing elimination to get to their first ALCS since 2012. And that was after winning a win-or-go-home wild-card game against Minnesota.
  
After striking out 14 times in the ALCS opener, the Yankees whiffed 13 more on Saturday against Verlander, who threw 124 pitches in a complete game and improved to 8-0 in his eight appearances since the Astros acquired him Aug. 31 in a trade with the Detroit Tigers.
  
Game 3 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with CC Sabathia scheduled to pitch for New York against Charlie Morton.
  
Verlander had thrown his last pitch, and hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman was on the mound in the ninth when Altuve hit a one-out single and scored on Carlos Correa's double into the right-center gap.
  
Right fielder Aaron Judge cut off the ball at the edge of the warning track, but his throw went over the head of second baseman Starlin Castro to Gregorius on one hop at second base. Gregorius wheeled and, perhaps impeded a bit by Correa's popup slide at second, short-hopped his throw to the plate.
  
The ball arrived in plenty of time to get Altuve, who raced all the way around from first, but Sanchez couldn't make a clean pick and the ball squirted away as Altuve slid in safely with the winning run.
  
Correa homered earlier for the Astros, a play that evoked memories of Jeffery Maier in the 1996 ALCS at Yankee Stadium, when a 12-year-old Houston fan reached for the liner just over the right-field wall. The ball appeared to already be beyond the reach of Judge, who was still moving toward the fence when the ball ricocheted off the boy's glove on top of the wall and into the seats.
  

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