Altuve HR caps 6-run rally in 9th, Astros shock Yankees 8-7

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, right, celebrates his winning three-run home run with manager Dusty Baker Jr., left, during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer to cap a startling six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, setting off a frenzied celebration and lifting the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 8-7. The Astros had been shut out by the Yankees in the previous two games, highlighted by ace Gerrit Cole’s three-hitter in a 4-0 win on Saturday night. But in a series where the teams took turns trolling each other after some lingering ill will over the years, Houston had the final say. Altuve’s homer came with one out against Chad Green, and the Astros star had his jersey ripped off by jubilant teammates.