There might not be a team more flabbergasted by the Astros than the New York Yankees. Baseball’s once mightiest can’t do much of anything against baseball’s thriftiest.

The Astros batted around in the seventh inning of a 5-2 victory Wednesday night, a good start on the path to hurting wild-card dreams across the American League. The Astros had five straight hits – all singles with one out – that led to four runs in the seventh, which began with a 2-1 deficit.

In the category of the unexpected, the Astros have won four of five meetings against the Yankees this season. And as winners of three straight, the Astros (54-73) can reach 70 wins by going 16-19 record the rest of the way.

“It was an unbelievable game,” said Jose Veras, who earned his first save of the season with Chad Qualls unavailable because of back stiffness. “I love when we get that attitude to win ballgames.”

The Astros have won both three-game series against the Yankees. Thursday will be their final glimpse of Derek Jeter, assuming he plays. The retiring Yankees captain, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a stolen base, drew a walk against Veras to bring the potential tying run to bat with two out in the ninth inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury – who struck out in another two-on, two-out situation in his previous at-bat – hit a deep fly ball to right field that didn’t have the juice, fading short of the warning track for the final out.

Manager Bo Porter said Qualls was likely to be available Thursday. Tony Sipp also was unavailable Wednesday because of his prior workload.

“We work as a team,” Veras said of the chance to close again. “We trust each one in the bullpen. I can close a game, I can throw the sixth, I can throw the seventh. There’s no complaints.”