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Pettitte completes career in fitting fashion
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, pushes starting pitcher Andy Pettitte back out on the field after beating the Houston Astros 2-1 for his final Major League game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Houston. Pettitte is retiring after 18 seasons. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
September 28, 2013, 10:26 pm

HOUSTON (AP) Andy Pettitte completed his career in fitting fashion.

The 41-year-old left-hander pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in seven years to lead the New York Yankees over his hometown Houston Astros 2-1 Saturday.

Two days after Mariano Rivera made his finale in front of an emotional crowd at Yankee Stadium, Pettitte followed his teammate into retirement and left only Derek Jeter left from the Core Four who earned five World Series rings with the Yankees since 1996.

With the crowd on its feet and cameras flashing, J.D. Martinez hit a game-ending groundout to third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Pettitte, who lives in suburban Deer Park, lingered on the field as teammates hugged him and the Astros stood in front of their dugout, applauding.

The oldest starting pitcher in the major leagues, Pettitte finished this season 11-11 and never had a losing record in 18 major league seasons.

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