Yankees 8, Astros 1 | Houston leads series, 2-1: With His Bat and His Glove, Aaron Judge Lifts Yankees Past Astros

“It was his night,” Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said. “He played defense tonight. He did a lot of things well for them and really was a big difference in the game.”


C.C. Sabathia pitching in the second inning. Sabathia had five strikeouts and four walks in six innings.

Hilary Swift for The New York Times

The Yankees, who had the best home record in the American League during the regular season, continued to look like a different team at a re-energized Yankee Stadium, where they have won all four games in the postseason. The Astros, who played two airtight games in Houston over the weekend, seemed to feel as uncomfortable in the Bronx as the Minnesota Twins did in the wild-card game and the Cleveland Indians did in the division-series round.

“Our players are used to this field,” said Manager Joe Girardi, who will send Sonny Gray to pitch against the Astros’ starter, Lance McCullers Jr., in Game 4 on Tuesday at 5:08 p.m. “They know how to hit here and our fans — our fans are great. I’m watching them in the first inning in left field and they’re…

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