In the second game of a three game series, the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros on Saturday night by a score of 8-4.
Mike Mussina, the starter for New York, was on his game. Mussina pitched six innings, gave up three runs, walked no one, and struck out four.
In the bottom of the first, Houston's Carlos Lee crushed a three-run homer, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead after one inning.
In the top of the second, Alex Rodriguez smacked a solo home run, his 11th of the year. The Yanks added another run, making the score 3-2.
The Yankees would strike for three more runs in the top of the third, taking the lead by a score of 5-3.
Houston would not score again until the bottom of the seventh. The Astros added a run, and the score was then 5-4.
The Yankees answered that run in the top of the eighth, and added two more in the top of the ninth, making the score 8-4.
Edwar Ramirez of the Yanks came in the close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, and he secured a Yankee win.
The Yankees saw run production out of Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Jose Molina, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Betemit, who all recorded at least one RBI.
Lee and Brad Ausmus powered the Astro offense.
Mussina picked up his 10th win of the season, tying him with Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians for the most wins in the American League. In addition to that, Mussina is now the sixth pitcher in MLB history to record 10 or more wins in seventeen consecutive seasons.
Yesterday was also Mussina's 260th career victory, and he now needs 40 wins to get into the exclusive 300 wins club.
Ross Ohlendorf and Kyle Farnsworth each recorded holds as they pitched the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Wandy Rodriguez of Houston took the loss and is now 2-3 on the campaign.
The Yankees will look for the sweep this afternoon at 2:05. The Bronx Bombers will pitch Chien-Ming Wang (7-2, 4.30 ERA). On the mound for the Astros is Roy Oswalt (5-6, 5.06 ERA).
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