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Cole stifles Yanks, Astros lead ALCS 2-1

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) Far from his best, Gerrit Cole was still unbeatable. Heck, he didn't even give up a run.

A gritty Cole held the New York Yankees scoreless without his sharpest stuff, Jose Altuve sparked Houston at the plate and the Astros locked down a 4-1 victory Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Altuve and Josh Reddick homered early off Luis Severino, who labored into the fifth while keeping the Yankees close. But they never broke through against Cole, who grinded through seven innings to win his 19th straight decision despite walking five batters for the second time in his career.

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Rank Name SB
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2 A. Mondesi, KC43
3 J. Villar, Bal40
4 E. Andrus, Tex31
5 T. Pham, TB25
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