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Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge lead Yankees to walk-off win over Astros

If there is one thing about the 2022 New York Yankees, it’s that they never quit and that showed again on Thursday night in the series opener against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

New York trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the night with Astros closer Ryan Pressly on the mound, but that did not phase them. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres worked back-to-back walks to open the inning. Then, Aaron Hicks crushed a three-run home run into the right-field bleachers to tie the game at 6-6. Later in the frame, Aaron Judge hammered a walk-off single to left to complete the comeback. The Bronx Bombers lead Major League Baseball with nine walk-off wins this season. It was also the Yankees’ MLB-leading 21st comeback of the season.

Before the ninth, New York struggled to generate offense against Houston’s pitching staff. The team had just two total hits with one coming from Giancarlo Stanton, who drilled a game-tying three-run home run into the second deck in right in the first.

Jameson Taillon started on the bump for the Yankees and surrendered a season-high six earned runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out three. All six runs that he allowed came via the home run. Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez each smacked three-run homers.

New York’s bullpen did a great job and kept the team in the game. Lucas Luetge (1.1 IP), Albert Abreu (1.0 IP), and Miguel Castro all had scoreless outings.

The Bronx Bombers improved their record to an MLB-best 52-18.

The two teams will continue their four-game series on Friday night in the Bronx. The pitching matchup will feature Justin Verlander vs. Luis Severino. The game is slated to start at 7:05 p.m.