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Yanks hit 2 HRs in 1st to force Game 6

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander's second pitch over the wall, then Aaron Hicks sent the fans at Yankee Stadium into a frenzy with a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the first inning.

And just like that, the Bronx Bombers were back - in the game, and in this matchup of powerhouses.

A day after a brutal loss, and with little margin for more errors, the New York Yankees played like a 103-win team. James Paxton chilled Houston's bats and the bullpen followed with shutdown relief to beat the Astros 4-1 Friday night, cutting their AL Championship Series deficit to 3-2.

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AL Wins
Rank Name W
1 J. Verlander, Hou21
2 G. Cole, Hou20
3 E. Rodriguez, Bos19
4 D. Germán, NYY18
5t M. Gonzales, Sea16
5t L. Lynn, Tex16
5t C. Morton, TB16
8t S. Bieber, Cle15
8t M. Fiers, Oak15
8t J. Odorizzi, Min15
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NL Wins
Rank Name W
1 S. Strasburg, Was18
2 M. Fried, Atl17
3t D. Hudson, StL16
3t C. Kershaw, LAD16
5 L. Castillo, Cin15
6t W. Buehler, LAD14
6t P. Corbin, Was14
6t H. Ryu, LAD14
6t A. Wainwright, StL14
10t M. Kelly, Ari13
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