Yankees 3, Astros 0
NEW YORK — Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the Yankees, trying to claw closer in the American League wild card chase, avoided a three-game sweep. McCarthy improved to 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA in eight starts since the Yankees got him from the Diamondbacks in an early July trade. His first outing for New York came a day after Masahiro Tanaka, off to an All-Star start as a major league rookie, pitched his last game before an elbow tear put him on the disabled list. "He's been really, really good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. McCarthy outpitched Dallas Keuchel as both threw complete games without a walk. The game took only 2 hours, 7 minutes.