Nonetheless, the Yankees (43-37) limped home after a 3-4 trip - which started with a four-game split against the terrible White Sox - three games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Two of those came in an 11-6 loss at NY on April 14, when he gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The Astros completed the season series against the Yankees by winning five of seven games.
Brett Gardner tied a career high with six RBIs and his seventh-inning grand slam helped NY to a 13-4 win over Houston, whose veteran Japanese outfielder Nori Aoki pitched for the first time in Major League Baseball. Headley bats fifth in the NY lineup.
Though in some ways the setback was an example of a young team getting a reminder it has a ways to go before being in the same conversation as the Astros, who improved to a major-league best 56-27, it's worth remembering the Yankees did lead Saturday's game 6-3 in the eighth inning before Dellin Betances imploded.
Michael Pineda (8-4) yielded seven hits and three runs - two earned - in six innings for his first win since June 8. Fiers was at 85 pitches through three but had stranded six.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each had two hits. Correa, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, added an RBI single in the sixth.
Houston trailed 6-3 in the eighth before Jose Altuve walked with one out before stealing second and third and scoring on a groundout by Carlos Correa.
Phillies 7, Mets 1: Nick Pivetta (2-4) allowed one hit in seven impressive innings. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with yet another single to send another run home and push the lead to 5-3.
"They put together some really good at-bats and singled him to death and just found ways to put back-to-back-to-back good at-bats against him and control the game", manager A.J. Hinch said.
As a compromised Yankees lineup fashioned a surprising comeback on Friday night, Clint Frazier seemed ready to finally join the party.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) is to start Monday against Toronto.
"I'm probably the one guy in the building that didn't get entertainment out of it", Hinch said.
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (6-4, 3.53 ERA) will start for NY on Saturday. He has now struck out at least five batters in each of his last nine starts and has 114 strikeouts and just 25 walks allowed in 99 2/3 innings. Martes struggled in his last start, allowing two hits and two runs with four walks in two innings of an 8-2 win over Seattle.
Right-handers Chris Devenski (5-3) and Michael Feliz combined to work three ideal innings with five strikeouts.