Verlander Ks 11 to lead Astros over Yankees 4-2 in ALCS

  • Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) celebrates the third out during the sixth inning in Game 1 of baseball’s American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees, Wednesday, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander struck out 11 in six strong innings and Yuli Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Jeremy Peña all homered to power the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees in their AL Championship Series opener Wednesday night.