Braves beat Astros with back-to-back homers


The Atlanta Braves mounted a late comeback against the Houston Astros on Saturday night to take Game 4 of the World Series by a score of 3-2. The Braves now lead the best-of-seven series by a count of 3-1, which means they're only one win away from their first World Series title since 1995.

Buoyed by a strong start from 38-year-old Zack Greinke and yet another postseason home run from Jose Altuve, the Astros held a 2-0 lead going into the sixth inning. At that point, though, the Braves began getting to the Houston bullpen. A two-out single by Austin Riley plated Eddie Rosario, but the Braves weren't able to do any additional damage. In the bottom of the seventh, though, Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler each hit solo home runs off Cristian Javier to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Per Elias, Swanson and Soler are the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters to hit back-to-back home runs in World Series history. 

The Braves managed the victory even though their starting pitcher, Dylan Lee, was able to retire only one of the four batters he faced to begin the planned bullpen game. Kyle Wright followed him and did the heavy lifting, as he allowed only one run -- the homer by Altuve -- in 4 2/3 innings of work. From that point, four Atlanta relievers combined for four shutout innings. Will Smith worked the ninth for his sixth save of the 2021 postseason. Eddie Rosario also aided the cause with a ranging catch at the left field wall to rob Altuve of extra bases in the eighth. Astros hitters in Game 4 left 11 runners on base and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

Game 5 is scheduled for Sunday evening back at Truist Park. A Braves win in Game 5 will make them the first team to clinch the World Series on its home field since the Red Sox in 2013. Here are five takeaways from Game 4.

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