Astros get first ever Series victory at home
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and the Houston Astros broke out their bats in a four-run second inning, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 Friday night for a 2-1 World Series lead.
Lance McCullers Jr. allowed three runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win and Brad Peacock followed with hitless relief for the save as the Astros improved to 7-0 at home this postseason and moved within two wins of their first title.
Yasiel Puig had the lone Dodgers’ RBI.
The Houston Astros had no problem hitting Yu Darvish in the World Series. He didn’t even make it out of the second inning with the Dodgers down 4-0.
Darvish was done after Jose Altuve’s double off the left-center wall that was the Astros’ fifth hit in the second inning. Kenta Maeda took over with two on and two outs, and got Carlos Correa for an inning-ending flyout.
Yuli Gurriel led off the Astros second by sending a nearly 95 mph fastball into the Crawford Boxes in left field to give the Astros the first run of the game.
Josh Reddick, without an extra-base hit his first 54 plate appearances this offseason, then followed with a sharp double down the left field line. After Evan Gattis drew a walk, Reddick scored when Marwin Gonzalez hit a ball that ricocheted off the wall in left center beyond the reach of leaping center fielder Chris Taylor.
Gonzalez got only a single since Gattis stopped at second base after holding up to see if the ball would be caught.
The first time Darvish ever pitched on the road against the Astros was when he was with the Texas Rangers. The right-hander from Japan retired the first 26 batters he faced on April 2, 2013.
Darvish’s bid for a perfect game ended when Gonzalez hit a single through the pitcher’s legs and into center field with two outs in the ninth inning.
Charlie Morton starts for Houston in Game 4 on Saturday night against lefty Alex Wood.