HOUSTON -- The New York Yankees survived a rocky seventh inning and held on to send the Houston Astros to their franchise-record 13th consecutive loss with a 3-2 victory on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
With New York (83-77) leading 3-0, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain entered in relief of David Phelps and inherited two base runners with two outs. Chamberlain promptly surrendered a two-run double on the first pitch to pinch-hitter Brett Wallace before allowing a single to Jonathan Villar and walking Jose Altuve to load the bases.
Chamberlain recovered to induce a harmless fly ball to center field from third baseman Matt Dominguez to stall the rally.
Right-handers Preston Claiborne and David Robertson pitched a hitless inning apiece to preserve the victory. Robertson picked up his third save of the season.
The Astros (51-109) have scored two or fewer runs 11 times during their losing streak.
Yankees right-hander Adam Warren posted his fifth scoreless outing since Sept. 9, limiting Houston to two hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings. It was a sharp reversal from his first career start, a June 29, 2012, appearance in which he allowed six runs, eight hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox.
Both Houston hits were singles, and while his walk to Marc Krauss in the third ultimately led to Warren pitching to runners on the corners with two outs, he retired Carlos Corporan to stop the modest threat.
The Yankees turned a throwing error on Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez into a three-run fourth inning against left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.
Robinson Cano started the rally with a one-out single and scored when Mark Reynolds delivered a run-scoring single to left field. Dominguez cut off the throw home from Trevor Crowe and fired low to Corporan low, allowing Alfonso Soriano and Reynolds to advance one base each. David Adams followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 lead.
NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi is considering playing RHP Mariano Rivera in the outfield for one inning this series. Rivera is retiring after 19 seasons with the Yankees. The career leader in saves (652), games finished (952) and ERA+ (205), Rivera has toyed with the idea of playing center field. ... 1B Chris Carter closed his first season in Houston batting .279 with 19 home runs and 57 RBIs in 75 road games. Among American League players in road games, he ranks third in RBI, fourth in homers and sixth in slugging.