The Astros throw a no-hitter combined against the Yankees in the Bronx for the 14th no-no in Houston franchise history

The Astros throw a no-hitter combined against the Yankees in the Bronx for the 14th no-no in Houston franchise history

The Astros hit a no-hitter against the Yankees in New York, winning Game 3 of the series, 3-0.

Starting pitcher Cristian Javier was tasked with his first career start at Yankee Stadium on Saturday — and in doing so, he would face the team with the best record in baseball and his counterpart was the highly paid Yankees ace — and former Astro — -Gerrit Cole. Javier stepped up in major fashion with the best start of his career.

In seven scoreless innings, Javier did not allow a hit. The Astros also needed all his hard work, as they held a 2-0 lead. They got a solo home run from JJ Matijevic in the top of the seventh inning and Jose Altuve provided insurance with a solo blast in the eighth.

Reliever Hector Neris took over for Javier in the eighth inning, looking to help complete a no-hitter combined. Although he walked two, put Joey Gallo on a warning run and Aaron Judge on a very hard hit liner, initially dropped by the shortstop who recovered in time to go out in second, the no- hitter remained intact.

Anthony Rizzo, Josh Donaldson and Giancarlo Stanton were scheduled to play for the Yankees in the ninth and closer Ryan Pressly took care of business. It’s the 14th no-hitter in Astros history. Their most recent was on September 1, 2019 when Justin Verlander pulled it off. Their last combined hit came on August 3, 2019 from Aaron Sanchez, Will Harris, Joe Biagini and Chris Devenski.

Coincidentally, the last time the Yankees were untouched was also by the Astros and that was also a combined no-no. It was June 11, 2003 when Roy Oswalt left with an injury in the second and Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner brought him home.

Javier wasn’t perfect, as he walked in the first inning and then Donaldson hit it by mistake in the seventh. He had a career-high 13 strikeouts.

He threw 115 pitches. His previous free throw record was 93 and that was his last outing. He was probably okay with stretching a little beyond that mark, but once he got up to 15-20 throws he would deal with arm fatigue and it looks like he started to losing a bit of control at the end of the seventh.

This outing matches his career high in innings to start. He has already played seven rounds twice (most recently on May 13 last season). His career high in shots in one game was 107, which happened on April 27 of last season.

Javier seemed to be fooling the Yankees hitters in some way, whether it was his exit spot or disguising his pitches better than usual. He had them swinging and missing the pitches they had been hitting most of the season. It was an impressive job to watch him slice with four seams in the area while working the corners with such precision.

Javier is now 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP this season.

The Yankees stormed in Thursday with a four-point ninth to win in walk-off mode, but otherwise the Astros have controlled the entire series pretty well. They have won two of three so far with the final on Sunday.

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