HOUSTON -- The New York Yankees and Houston Astros split their four-game season as Collin McHugh outdueled Michael Pineda. Pineda did not receive much from his defense nor his offense, while McHugh allowed just one run on two hits in his eight innings. Luke Gregerson picked up his 18th save in Houston's 3-1 win.
Tie-breaker: Pineda gave up the lead in the seventh on Evan Gattis' long RBI triple to left center to make it 2-1.
Big Mike: The way Pineda pitched on Sunday, he deserved a better result. The Yankees' bullpen was short so they needed length and effectiveness from Pineda. He gave them both, but his offense and his defense did not have his back.
Pineda threw an eight-inning complete game, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked none. In the eighth, Pineda gave up an insurance game.
Little League homer: The Yankees gave up an embarrassing run in the fourth on what is best described as a Little League home run. With Pineda cruising up to that point, Correa hit a high fly ball to left center that should have been the second out of the inning.
Brett Gardner, ranging over from center, had the right of way because the center fielder always does and he is far more experienced than left fielder Garret Jones. Gardner yelled out, "I got it! I got it!" Jones kept coming and, from the Houston's TV feed, it was unclear if he said anything.
At the last moment, Jones stopped short, but Gardner, probably wanting to avoid a collision, also pulled up. The speedy Correra raced around the bases. Gardner had trouble picking the ball off ground, allowing Correra to easily score.
The official scorer ruled the ball a double -- because neither Gardner or Jones touched the ball -- and an error on Gardner for failing to pick up the ball. The unearned run tied the game.
Smoking: Gardner is on fire at the plate. He brought home the Yankees' run with a third inning RBI single. He went 1-for-3 on the day and is now 22-for-his-last-45. That's not too shabby.
Tying Wade: With his sixth inning single, Alex Rodriguez tied Wade Boggs for 26th all-time with 3,010 hits.
On Deck: The Yankees are off to Anaheim to face the Angels. On Monday, CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.65 ERA) versus C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92). On Tuesday, Ivan Nova (1-0, 0.00) versus Andrew Heaney (0-0, 1.50). On Wednesday, Adam Warren (5-5, 3.59) versus Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03).