(Sports Network) - The Houston Astros have one more chance to snap their
longest losing streak in franchise history this season. They wrap things up on
Sunday afternoon with the finale of a three-game set with the New York
The Astros have lost 14 in a row and Saturday's 2-1 loss made them only the
third team since 1970 to lose 110 games in a single season.
In an emotional game, Andy Pettitte closed out his brilliant career with his
first complete game since Aug. 16, 2006, lifting the Yankees to victory. It
marked the first time Pettitte went the distance since his final season with
The win also lifted Pettitte to 11-11, ensuring that none of his 18 seasons
ended with a losing record.
Pettitte, who was raised in nearby Deer Park, TX and spent three of his 18
seasons with the Astros, yielded just five hits and two walks while striking
out five to earn the 256th win of his career. The 114-pitch effort came with a
throng of family and friends cheering the 41-year-old on at Minute Maid Park.
"It was almost a fairytale," Pettitte said. "I'm thankful and fortunate and
blessed. It's another day I'll never forget."
New York gave Pettitte all the support he needed with a two-run sixth inning,
with the deciding tally coming on a throwing error by Houston catcher Matt
Pagnozzi. Robinson Cano had an RBI single earlier in the frame and finished 2-
Paul Clemens was saddled with the setback after permitting two runs -- one
earned -- over 5 1/3 innings. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-4 and scored
Houston's lone run.
"You don't want to end the season on a losing streak," Houston manager Bo
Porter told his club's website. "It's unfortunate we've had this bump in the
road late in the year. We had avoided the long (losing) stretch throughout the
course of this year. It's almost like it's one play here, one play there that
really end up being costly. (Sunday) we're going to come back and fight hard
and try to end the season with a win heading to the offseason."
Porter will turn to left-hander Erik Bedard, who is 4-12 with a 4.81 earned
run average in 31 games this year, including 25 starts.
Bedard is coming off back-to-back losing starts, giving up 10 runs over nine
innings. That includes a 9-2 setback to Cleveland last Sunday as he yielded
six runs over five innings while striking out eight.
The 34-year-old is 4-5 with a 4.58 ERA lifetime versus the Yankees, who will
give David Huff his second start of the season today.
Huff has made 10 total appearances and is 3-1 with a 5.16 ERA. His first start
came on Sept. 7 versus Boston and he took a loss after allowing nine runs over
3 1/3 innings.
The 29-year-old southpaw last pitched on Wednesday versus the Tampa Bay Rays,
charged with four runs over 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Huff has never before faced Houston, which New York is 12-2 against all-time.
The Yankees took two of three from the visiting Astros from April 29-May 1.
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