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Astros power past Yanks for 3-1 ALCS lead, Verlander up next

George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years.

The Astros lead the AL Championship Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series winners on the brink of a showdown with the NL champion Washington Nationals.

Houston still has Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole queued up for this series, and the Yankees will have to beat both to survive. Verlander will start Game 5 on Friday night against James Paxton.

Houston Astros' George Springer (4) celebrates with Martin Maldonado, right, and Carlos Correa after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the third inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoSeth Wenig)

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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa reacts in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, celebrates his three-run home run off New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green during the sixth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoMatt Slocum)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka reacts as right fielder Aaron Judge makes a diving catch in right field against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoSeth Wenig)

New York Yankees trainer Steve Donohue, center, checks on pitcher CC Sabathia during the eighth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is helped off the field during the eighth inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP PhotoMatt Slocum)