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Yankees’ home run streak snapped at 31 games

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May 25 feels like a long time ago. That was the last time the Yankees failed to homer in a game — in the second game of a doubleheader against the Royals. The Yankees would go on to tie (27 games) and then break the major league record (28 games) for consecutive games with a homer. Entering Tuesday’s game against the Mets, they had homered in 31 consecutive games.

Zack Wheeler pitched a solid game, limiting the Yankees to two runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings. The Yankees got both runs in the second inning on an RBI single from Gleyber Torres and a squeeze bunt from pitcher James Paxton.

Justin Wilson got the final two outs of the seventh for Wheeler, also holding the Yankees homerless. Seth Lugo worked a scoreless eighth. Edwin Díaz, who has struggled as of late, was able to close out the game just as rain began to fall at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the homerless Yankees 4-2.

During the Yankees’ streak, the team collectively hit .282/.355/.496 with 57 home runs and 198 RBI in 1,213 trips to the plate. They entered Tuesday with a 54-28 record, good for the best record in the American League.

Yankees, Astros lineups for ALCS Game 6

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Things haven’t gone quite according to plan for the Astros, who missed the opportunity to clinch the American League Championship Series after losing 4-1 to the Yankees in Game 5 on Friday. Still just one win away from a World Series invitation, they’ll try their luck again on Saturday night.

Neither lineup has been significantly altered for Game 6. The Yankees will try to push the series to a final Game 7 with right-hander Chad Green, backed by this configuration:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
5. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

The Astros, meanwhile, will send Brad Peacock to the mound in what figures to be a bullpen game for both sides, marking the righty’s first official postseason start since the 2017 ALDS. Martín Maldonado is back in the lineup, as is Josh Reddick, while both Robinson Chirinos and Jack Marisnick will be available off the bench.

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Starting tonight, the ALCS returns to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Game time is set for 8:08 PM EDT.