Dallas Keuchel pitched a six-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 in his second shutout in less than a month to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Keuchel (9-3) gave up six singles and walked one while topping his previous best of 11 strikeouts in a shutout over the White Sox on May 30.
The left-hander retired 18 of 19 during one stretch, including 15 straight before Alex Rodriguez's single with two outs in the ninth. Mark Texeira then walked and Carlos Beltran singled to load the bases, but Keuchel got Jose Pirela to ground into a force out to end the game.
Keuchel rebounded from his worst start of the season when he allowed five runs and walked four Saturday at Seattle.
Jose Altuve had three hits and scored three times. Evan Gattis had an RBI single in the sixth and an RBI double in the eighth.
Adam Warren (5-5) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Yankees. The loss was Warren's first in four starts. He has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts.
Preston Tucker's RBI double gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the second.
Colby Rasmus' sacrifice fly scored Altuve to stretch the Astros' lead to 2-0 in the fourth.
Chris Young and Beltran each had two of New York's six hits as the Yankees lost for the fourth time in five games.
Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, out since May 19 with a sprained right knee, is improving and manager Joe Girardi hopes that he can return sometime during this road trip which ends July 1. "We need to get him to run 100 percent before we feel comfortable sending him out on a short rehab," Girardi said. "You want to see him turn it loose and be able to feel good the next day and say ... there are no issues."
Astros: RHP Scott Feldman, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on May 29, threw off the mound on Thursday in a bullpen session. "He's making steady progress," manager A.J. Hinch said. "From all indications from the medical staff, he's step by step doing better." Feldman's recovery is expected to take about six weeks."
Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) will start the second game of the series against the Astros looking to set a career-high with his seventh win this season.
Astros: RHP Vince Velasquez is still looking for his first career win after three straight no-decisions. Velasquez only allowed a run in his last start but lasted just 3 1/3 innings after throwing 93 pitches.
A-ROD LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING CORREA
Rodriguez was looking forward to getting a good look at Houston rookie shortstop Carlos Correa during this series. Correa, who was the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, is often compared to Rodriguez. He hoped to get to spend some time with Correa, and reminisced about meeting a star shortstop when he was a young player.
"I remember clearly when I broke into the league and we played against the Baltimore Orioles and (meeting) Cal Ripken and to me as an 18-year-old that was one of the biggest thrills of my life," Rodriguez said. "I had a chance to have a little meet and greet with him for 10 minutes ... before batting practice at the old Kingdome and to me that's still one of the 10 minutes that I cherish."