Gomez steals the spotlight as Astros soar over Yankees

Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:43am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Carlos Gomez had an eventful game when he homered, drove in four runs and nearly got involved in a benches-clearing incident as the Houston Astros crushed the New York Yankees 15-1 on Tuesday.

Gomez led Houston to only its fourth win in the last 20 road games by getting an RBI double in the first off right-hander Ivan Nova (5-6) and a three-run home run in the seventh off left-hander Chris Capuano.

In between hits, the Yankees nearly triggered a brawl when Gomez flied out in the sixth. He ran down the first line in a way the home team seemed to object to and said "shut up" a few times in response to the players yelling at him.

"He's a high-energy player," Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel said after scattering three hits in seven innings for his 15th win.

"He loves the game. He loves his team mates. He's a guy you love on your team and if he's on another team I can see why some guys don't like him. He's playing hard and we love that."

New York manager Joe Girardi felt that his players had been riled by Gomez's taunting.

"Some of our guys took exception to it and I think they took even a little more exception when he started yelling at our dugout," Girardi said.

Gomez met catcher John-Ryan Murphy at home plate and some words were exchanged as both benches emptied. Plate umpire Eric Cooper separated the players and the incident was over without any ejections.

"I don't mean to disrespect anybody," Gomez said. "The pitcher who's on the mound, he knows, he played with me we were team mates and he knows that I don't mean it to show him up, or something like that."   Continued...

Aug 25, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (30) is congratulated by right fielder Colby Rasmus (28) after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports