The Houston Astros are closer than ever to winning the World Series, needing another win just to get there after their 3-2 win over the Phillies on Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Texas team will even have the opportunity to do so in front of their fans, since the sixth game will take place on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, as will a potential seventh duel, scheduled for the next day, if necessary.
In today's duel, the crowd favorites were at least able to hit the ball to safety, something they hadn't done the day before. Nonetheless, they were too inopportunistic at bat, hitting only six hits. Kyle Schwarber, with a solo home run, drove in one of the runs, in the first inning, while Jean Segura drove in the other, with a single in the eighth inning.
The five gunners used by the visitors made 12 opponents bite the dust. Starter Justin Verlander had six of those strikeouts. The 39-year-old athlete, who was making his ninth career start in the World Series, had the pleasure of tasting his first victory in such circumstances.
Verlander (2-0) finally retired after five innings of work, allowing only one run on four hits and as many walks.
For the Phillies, Noah Syndergaard couldn't do better than a three inning outing. He allowed Jeremy Pena to drive in the Astros' first two runs, first on a first-inning single and then with a home run three at-bats later.
Syndergaard (0-1) finally left his place after allowing these two runs, on three hits.
Yordan Alvarez, him, produced the winning run, thanks to an optional in round eight.
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