Yanks-'Stros: Bombers Take Game 1 of the New York-Houston Series

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJune 14, 2008

On Friday night, the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 2-1 in their first regular season game in Minute Maid Park.

Though he struggled a little bit with his control in the early going, Joba Chamberlain, the Yanks' starter, tossed six innings and surrendered one run on six hits. Chamberlain walked four batters and struck out two.

In the first inning, the Yanks got an RBI single off the bat of Alex Rodriguez scoring Bobby Abreu from third.

With a 1-0 score in the fourth, the Astros answered back with an RBI from Ty Wigginton, tying the game at 1-1.

With the game still knotted at one in the top of the eighth, Derek Jeter slammed a homer to right field off Astros' reliever Doug Brocail, making the score 2-1.

With the score holding at 2-1 until the bottom of the ninth, the Bombers turned to Kyle Farnsworth to close the game, as Mariano Rivera was unavailable.

Farnsworth recorded three outs in the bottom of the ninth giving the Yankees the win in the first game of this interleague series.

Although Chamberlain was good, he got a no decision. Jose Veras, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings, picked up the win  and is now 1-0.

Brocail, who gave up the winning home run to Jeter, took the loss and is now 2-1.

Farnsworth picked up his first save since September 19, 2006.

Game two is being played in Minute Maid Park tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. New York is starting Mike Mussina (9-4, 3.82 ERA), and Houston is going with Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 1.99 ERA)