After a harrowing loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series on Friday, the Houston Astros bounced back nicely to win 5-2 to tie the series in Game 2 on Saturday.
The Astros’ offense once again proved to be one of the best in the league, scoring five points to send the series back to Philadelphia, all tied at one game apiece.
“It was almost a mathematical necessity, actually,” manager Dusty Baker said, according to MLB.com, “because it’s tough to lose the first two games at home.”
Houston started early, scoring three runs in the first inning against Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. Wheeler went five innings, allowing five runs with four won.
Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on just four hits allowed and striking out nine batters.
To top it all off, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer to center field in the fifth inning to put the game away.
Astros closest Ryan Pressly came on to close out the game, but the Phillies would get another run on an error by Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel.
The Astros, in their fourth World Series in six years, have won 106 regular season games. In addition to the ALCS sweep against the Yankees, the Astros also swept the Mariners in the ALDS.
Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia.