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Yankees righty muffles Astros, wins 260th game

The Yankees' Mike Mussina throws in the early going. Mussina earned his 260th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for 39th on the all-time list. Photo by Karen Warren of the Houston Chronicle.

By Carlos M. Silva Jr.
Class of 2008

The first inning was an aberration for New York Yankees veteran Mike Mussina.

After allowing a three-run homer to Carlos Lee, Mussina silenced the sixth sellout crowd (43,409) at Minute Maid Park this season by holding the Astros scoreless in his last five innings.

“He was outstanding tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Mussina (10-4). “He gives up three in the first and just really buckles down. The pitch that he gave up just got a little bit over the plate.”

Mussina earned his 260th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Ted Lyons for 39th on the all-time list. He is fourth among active pitchers, trailing Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Randy Johnson.

Mistake to Lee
The 1-1 offering to Lee would be the only earned runs Mussina gave up on an evening in which he allowed six hits and struck out four batters.

“The big deal is going out there in the second inning and getting a zero after we scored a couple of runs to get back in it,” Mussina said. “From that point on, I got on a little bit of a roll. It was just a good day for us.”

The Astros had a scoring chance against Mussina in the sixth. After Kaz Matsui grounded out, Mussina allowed a double to Miguel Tejada, but the 17-year veteran got out of the jam by striking out Lance Berkman and getting Lee to pop to end the inning.

Read the full story on the Houston Chronicle’s Web site.

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