Sabathia solid to lead Yankees over Astros 6-3

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, right, high-fives a teammate in the dugout after being taken out of the baseball game in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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HOUSTON (AP) CC Sabathia allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings to get back on track after a tough stretch and help the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Sabathia (6-8) allowed four hits and struck out five to pick up his first win since June 16 after going 0-4 and allowing 31 runs – 29 earned – combined in his past six starts.

Things didn't look good early on Tuesday night when he allowed a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the first inning. But he settled in after that, allowing only one single over the next five innings.

The Yankees built a five-run lead thanks in part to a two-run triple by Aaron Hicks by the time Evan Gattis homered to start Houston's seventh and cut it to 6-2. Sabathia was lifted after a two-out single by Carlos Gomez in that inning.