Torres showed more calm than Altuve, his fellow Venezuelan whom Torres met for the first time in this series. The Astros were close to escaping the inning after Peacock had retired Brett Gardner on a fly ball to center that was too shallow to score Hicks from third, and Aaron Judge followed with a slow bouncer to third.
Alex Bregman, who made the defensive play of the A.L.C.S. cutting down Greg Bird at the plate in Game 7, fielded the ball and delivered a perfect throw to Altuve, who in his haste to turn the double play, dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove. The drop allowed Hicks to score the go-ahead run.
Such drama seemed unlikely with the way Masahiro Tanaka had been in control, carrying a three-hit shutout and a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning and extending the Astros scoreless streak in this series to 28 innings.
But the unraveling came abruptly.
Yuli Gurriel hooked a 1-2 slider just out of the reach of shortstop Didi Gregorius in the hole. Josh Reddick followed by dropping a 2-2 splitter in front of Gardner in center field. On the next pitch, Tanaka’s inside fastball grazed Bregman’s sleeve to load the bases.
Boone then summoned Chad Green.
Marwin Gonzalez dribbled Green’s first pitch toward Gregorius, who had no play by the time he collected the ball. Brian McCann lined the next pitch into right field to score Reddick and bring the Astros within 3-2. Three pitches later, Bregman raced home when Green hooked a 1-1 fastball past catcher Gary Sanchez, who was charged with a passed ball.
Suddenly, the scored was tied at 3-3.
When Green couldn’t handle George Springer’s hard comebacker, Gonzalez raced home from third to give the Astros the lead. Carlos Correa extended it to 5-3 in the eighth with a blast off Green, who gave up all three hits on sliders.
When the Yankees turned to Chapman, he was able to keep the lead safe — but it was not without some tension. He struck out Gonzalez and retired McCann on a pop up, but then a low, two-strike, 101 m.p.h. fastball to Evan Gattis ticked off the glove of Sanchez, who could not locate the ball — which had only bounced a few feet away — in time to throw out Gattis.