Gerrit Cole threw seven shut-out innings as the Houston Astros took a 2-1 American League Championship Series lead over the New York Yankees with a 4-1 win.
The Yankees missed multiple opportunities as the Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 3 on Tuesday, but Cole capitalised when required as he struck out seven on 112 pitches, allowing four hits and five walks.
Houston added two runs at the top of the seventh to seal it, with the Yankees' only response coming in the bottom of the eighth inning when Gleyber Torres scored on a solo shot at Yankee Stadium.
Neither side won on the road when these teams met in the 2017 ALCS, but there have already been two away wins in this series.
Three takeaways from the Astros' Game 3 ALCS win over the Yankees
Gary Sanchez's biggest problem resurfaces
Gary Sanchez had a tough time on Tuesday as passed ball issues of 2017 and 2018 resurfaced. With the bases loaded and the Yankees down 2-0 in the top of the seventh, Sanchez did not get in front of a Zack Britton sinker and it looked destined for the backstop and a run for the Astros. The ball hit umpire Kerwin Danley, stopped and looked like it was going to be OK. But Britton threw the exact same pitch on his next delivery and Sanchez was not as lucky. Jose Altuve scored and made the game 3-0.
Juiced ball no more
There are rumours that MLB changed the ball this offseason and we think Didi Gregorius would agree. And so would Martin Maldonado as he hit a ball that likely would have been a home run just one half-inning later.
Watch either of these fly balls and it is hard to think they do not go out during the regular season. The post-season has changed because of it.
Weather on the 1's
The weather could prove to be a factor for the remainder of this series.
There is currently a 100 percent chance of rain for Wednesday's Game 4 at Yankee Stadium. The Astros have a bullpen day scheduled for this game, but if rain does delay it then they may go with Zack Greinke midweek.
That would move up Justin Verlander to pitch in Game 5 and Gerrit Cole again in Game 6. The Yankees are probably praying for this game not to be rained out because facing a rookie in Jose Urquidy in this one has to feel good for New York.
As of Tuesday night, MLB has yet to announce any changes to this game's schedule.
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