HOUSTON — Nestor Cortes and three relievers combined for a three-hitter and Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu drove in two runs each to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Cortes, making a spot start, permitted two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 1.05.
Lucas Luetge struck out one in 1 1/3 innings.
Chad Green gave up one hit in two innings and Jonathan Loaisiga threw a perfect ninth.
It’s New York’s first visit to Houston since Game 6 of the ALCS. The Astros advanced to the World Series with a 6-4 win in that game on a two-run homer by Jose Altuve with two outs in the ninth.