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Three Astros pitchers no-hit Yankees during 3-0 victory

El pitcher de los Astros de Houston Cristian Javier lanza en la primera entrada de los Yanquis de Nueva York el sábado 25 de junio del 2022. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Astros starter Cristian Javier delivers a pitch against the Yankees on Saturday in New York. (Noah K. Murray / Associated Press)

Cristian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Pressly combined on the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 19 years, shutting down the best team in baseball and pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory on Saturday.

Javier (5-3), a 25-year-old right-hander without a complete game in 84 professional starts, was clearly tired when manager Dusty Baker brought in a reliever to start the eighth. Javier set career highs for strikeouts (13) and pitches (115), and he matched his longest start with seven innings.

Pressly, who gave up a tying three-run homer to Aaron Hicks in a 7-6 loss Thursday night, retired three consecutive batters in the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances. After Giancarlo Stanton hit into a game-ending groundout, the Astros walked onto the field and gathered near the mound for a brief celebration.

Rookie J.J. Matijevic gave Javier a lead in the seventh when he hit his second big league homer, driving a fastball from Gerrit Cole (6-2) into the second deck in right field. Jose Altuve homered into the second deck to left field in the eighth against Michael King, and pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel added an RBI single off Lucas Luetge in the ninth.

In a matchup of the teams with the top two records in the American League, New York didn’t come close to a hit before a silenced crowd of 45,076. The major league-best Yankees lost consecutive games for the first time since May 28-29 against Tampa Bay, getting only baserunners on three walks and an error.

Javier, who lowered his ERA to 2.73, was starting because Jake Odorizzi is injured. Javier began 12 of his first 18 batters with a strike but began his last five with a ball. His 50.9% first-strike percentage entering Saturday was 155th among 157 pitchers who faced 150 or more plate appearances this season.

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