Giancarlo Stanton, clutch hitting power Yankees past Astros

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The Yankee Stadium crowd wasn’t quite as large, loud or angry as it was Tuesday night, but the results were just as good, as the Bombers won their fifth straight game by beating the Astros, 6-3.

The struggling Aaron Hicks provided the key hit in the bottom of the eighth, with his RBI single giving the Yankees the lead before Aroldis Chapman closed it.

And Giancarlo Stanton had another huge night, belting out another three hits, including a two-run homer, and driving in four runs.

It sent the announced crowd of 9,895 fans home happy after they spent the better part of the night yelling at the Astros — and Jose Altuve in particular.

The chants weren’t as boisterous or as constant as they were on Tuesday in the first game of the series, but they were hardly mild.

And for a second straight night, the Yankees went ahead later in the game, this time in the eighth.

Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Aaron Judge after belting a two-run homer in the third inning of the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Astros.
Giancarlo Stanton celebrates with Aaron Judge after belting a two-run homer in the third inning of the Yankees’ 6-3 win over the Astros.
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Gleyber Torres started the eighth-inning rally with a leadoff single against left-hander Brooks Raley.

Clint Frazier, pinch-hitting for Mike Ford, fell behind 0-2 before working a walk. Frazier was replaced at first by Tyler Wade. Hicks, batting from his more effective right side, served a single into right to score Torres and put the Yankees ahead.

Raley was replaced by Joe Smith, who hit Gary Sanchez. Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly provided an insurance run. And Stanton’s single drove in another run.

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