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Alvarez and Singleton hit long home runs in the first inning to help Astros avoid being swept by Yankees

NEW YORK — Yordan Alvarez and Jon Singleton each hit long home runs in the first inning for the Houston Astros, who defeated the New York Yankees 4-3 on Thursday night to avoid being swept in the season series.

Alvarez, who went 3 for 32 with no home runs in his previous nine games entering Thursday, hit a two-out solo shot off Marcus Stroman (2-2) into the second deck in right field, measured at 116.8 mph.