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MLB Opening Day: New York Yankees beat Houston Astros with thrilling 5-4 comeback

HOUSTON (WABC) — In exciting fashion, the New York Yankees came back to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Opening Day.

The Yankees fell behind early Thursday, with a shaky Néstor Cortés allowing three runs in the first inning.

The next inning was no better for the left-handed pitcher, who allowed a solo home run to Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker.

However, the Bronx Bombers rallied, led by newcomer Juan Soto’s RBI single in the fifth inning.

They would add two more runs in the inning before Oswaldo Cabrera hit a solo shot to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth.

Then, in the top of the seventh, the Yankees would score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from another new face, outfielder Alex Verdugo.

The Yankees bullpen would take the lead from there and never relinquish it, with Jonathan Loaisiga and Ian Hamilton pitching a combined three scoreless innings.

After allowing a leadoff single to Mauricio Dubón, Holmes would deliver another hit to the Astros with one out.

With runners on first and second, Tucker then singled to right field setting up the most dramatic play of the game.

Juan Soto corralled the ball in right field and fired a perfect throw home.

The Astros challenged the play, but the original call was ultimately allowed to stand.


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