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Rapid Reaction: Astros 15, Yankees 1

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez and the Houston Astros dominated Ivan Nova and the New York Yankees 15-1 during a game in which the benches cleared and ended with Brendan Ryan, usually an infielder, pitching two innings.

Shut up: Gomez and Brian McCann have some history, going to back to when they went face-to-face a few years ago, but it was apparently someone on the bench with whom Gomez got into it in the sixth.

Returning toward the Astros' dugout after flying out, Gomez, still on the first-base line, apparently heard something he didn't like and said "Shut up" three times toward the Yankees' bench. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

The Yankees might have been disputing Gomez's reaction at the end of his swing to flying out. He acted overly disappointed, which the Yankees might have thought was wrong in a 9-0 game. We'll try to find out in the postgame interviews.

Now, really shut up: In the seventh, Gomez nailed a three-run homer off Chris Capuano. He didn't do any anything out of the ordinary in terms of showboating around the bases, but he seemed to enjoy it.

Brendan Ryan pitches: With the Yankees down 15 runs, Brendan Ryan pitched the the final two innings. He threw two scoreless inning with one pitch making its way to the plate at 86-mph. He fired a 1-2-3 ninth that ended with a hard lineout to third from Gomez. He was the Yankees' best pitcher on the night.

Ivan the Terrible: Nova's line was U-G-L-Y. He pitched four innings, allowing seven runs (all earned) on seven hits. He walked four and struck out one. He is 5-6 with 4.50 ERA.

First degree: The biggest pitching no-no got the best of Nova in the first inning. His two-out walk to Carlos Correa began what turned into a five-run inning. The whole thing might've been avoided if Jacoby Ellsbury didn't break late on a soft liner to center from the ensuing batter Colby Rasmus. Ellsbury missed on his diving attempt, turning a potential out into an RBI triple.

The rest was on Nova as he allowed doubles to Gomez and Luis Valbuena and a single to Marwin Gonzalez, which led to a 5-0 deficit.

White flag: In the seventh, Yankees manager Joe Girardi signaled he was playing for another day as he moved Ryan from second base to right field. Ryan had played the spot before.

Cap day: Capuano pitched in relief, which means he could be designated for assignment again on Wednesday morning. Capuano went two innings and gave up six earned runs.

Domination: Dallas Keuchel has now pitched 16 innings against the Yankees -- all scoreless. If these teams meet in the playoffs, that may be brought up.

Yankees score: The Yankees scored in the ninth on Greg Bird fielder's choice. Bird came in for Mark Teixeira during the blowout. Teixiera ran gingerly to first on a groundout.

On deck: Michael Pinea (9-7, 3.97) makes his return from the disabled list. He will face Collin McHugh (13-7, 3.96). It is a 1:05 p.m. start.