Ageless Verlander lifts Houston Astros over New York Yankees in ALCS opener Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six strong innings 

Yuli Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Jeremy Pena all homered to power the  Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees in their AL  Championship Series opener Wednesday night

The Astros are in their sixth consecutive ALCS, looking to reach the World Series for the fourth time in that span

The game was tied 1-all in the sixth when Gurriel connected off reliever  Clarke Schmidt on a solo shot to the seats in left field to put Houston  on top 

Two batters later, McCormick sent a sinker from Schmidt into right field to make it 3-1 

Verlander set a major league record with the eighth double-digit strikeout game of his postseason career

Pena, whose 18th-inning home run completed a sweep of the Mariners in  the ALDS, belted a homer off Frankie Montas to start the seventh and  extend the lead to 4-1 

Montas was pitching for the first time since Sept. 16 because of a shoulder injury that kept him off the Division Series roster

Anthony Rizzo homered off Rafael Montero with two outs in the eighth to get the Yankees within two 

Giancarlo Stanton singled before Josh Donaldson walked to spur Astros manager Dusty Baker to bring in closer Ryan Pressly 

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