Astros even World Series with Braves


The Houston Astros on Wednesday evened the best-of-seven 2021 World Series at 1-1 with their 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Astros took a first-inning lead on an Alex Bregman sac fly that plated Jose Altuve. The Braves swiftly tied it on a solo home run from catcher Travis d'Arnaud in the top of the second, but in the home half the Astros took charge for good. Thanks in large measure to five singles off Atlanta ace Max Fried and some speed on the bases, the Astros were able to plate four runs in the inning.

In the seventh, Jose Altuve added some insurance with a solo home run. It was the 22nd postseason home run of his career. He also doubled in Game 2. Elsewhere in the lineup, Michael Brantley notched a multi-hit game in the postseason for the 18th time in his career. 

On the pitching side, Houston starter Jose Urquidy gave them five innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts and no walks. After his exit, four relievers -- Cristian Javier, Phil Maton, Ryan Pressly, and Kendall Graveman -- combined for four scoreless to secure the victory for the Astros. 

After a travel day on Thursday, the series shifts to Truist Park outside Atlanta for Games 3, 4, and 5. With the series knotted up after two, it's in essence now a best-of-five series with the Braves' holding home-field advantage the rest of the way. The stakes will indeed be high on Friday night for Game 3, as teams up 2-1 in a best-of-seven postseason series in MLB have gone on to win that series more than 70 percent of the time.

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