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Juan Soto blasts his first Yankees home run as New York marches to 3-0 start over rival Astros

Juan Soto blasts his first Yankees home run as New York marches to 3-0 start over rival Astros

The New York Yankees took down the Houston Astros Saturday evening in Houston, 5-3, giving them the first three games of a four-game set that will on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET. 

Believe it or not, this is the first time the Yankees have started the season 3-0 since 2003. For what it’s worth, they won the AL pennant that season. 

Let’s dive a little deeper into this series:

Three Yankees comebacks

On Opening Day Thursday, the Astros jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and then added another in the second. It was still 4-0 Astros heading to the fifth inning, but then the Yankees rallied to get three in the fifth, tie the game in the sixth and take the lead in the seventh. They would hold on to win, 5-4

Friday, the Astros grabbed a run in the first and had a lot of traffic on the bases in the early innings, but still only held a 1-0 lead when starter Cristian Javier was removed. The bullpen couldn’t hold it, and the defense couldn’t glove it. In fact, the Yankees’ offense exploded for seven runs in the final three innings to win, 7-1

Saturday, the Astros again scored early, plating two runs in the second inning. The Yankees would get one in the third, though the Astros maintained a 3-1 lead going to the seventh. That’s when Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run homer to tie it …

… and then Juan Soto homered to give the Yankees the lead. 

An Anthony Volpe home run provided insurance in the eighth and the Yankees won by two runs. Before we get into Soto and Cabrera, it’s worth pointing out that Volpe is hitting .400/.571/.800 through three games in his sophomore campaign at age 22. That’s a good sign for the infielder, who ended last season with an 81 OPS+. 

As for the Yankees as a whole, it is just three games out of a marathon 162-game season. We shouldn’t overreact. This is, however, no ordinary 3-0 start. It is three come-from-behind wins on the road. The Astros have been the marquee ballclub in the American League for nearly a decade — they have been in the ALCS seven straight seasons, a stretch that includes four pennants and two World Series titles — and they have a roster that — in all likelihood — will keep them in that conversation again this season. It would’ve been a successful start to the season for the Yankees to just split the series. Instead, they’ve got a shot Sunday to sweep a four-game series against their biggest rivals of this generation.

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