Yankees Avoid Sweep as McCarthy Shuts Down Astros

McCarthy, Yankees avoid sweep, beat Astros

By BEN WALKER=
AP Baseball Writer=

       NEW YORK (AP) _ Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the New York Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday.

        New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed McCarthy with flawless fielding.

        The Yankees’ fans also made fine plays _ sitting in the first row behind the Houston dugout, comedian Chris Rock wound up with a foul ball off the bat of Astros rookie Jon Singleton, and he gave the souvenir to a young boy as the crowd cheered.

        McCarthy (5-2) outpitched Dallas Keuchel (10-9) as they both threw complete games without a walk. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy’s previous two starts.
        McCarthy struck out eight in his fourth career shutout and first this season. He was 3-10 with Arizona before being traded to the Yankees in July.
        Keuchel gave up seven hits and struck out five.
 
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