Astros lifted over Mariners by two grand slams

Astros daily report: Astros 10, Mariners 6

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The Astros were in Seattle for the first of three games in the big matchup against the Mariners. Here's the breakdown of the game:

Final Score: Astros 10, Mariners 6

Record: 9-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Brad Peacock (2-0).

Losing pitcher: Shawn Armstrong (0-1).

Stars of the game: Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel both had clutch grand slams which pushed Houston over the top in the win. Altuve's slam flipped the game from a 3-2 Mariners lead to 6-3 Astros lead and extended his streak to four consecutive games with a homer. Gurriel's slam stopped the momentum of the Mariners who had gotten within a run in the previous inning.

Notes: After the Astros went down in order in the top of the first, Wade Miley struggled in the bottom of the inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk on 41 pitches, all in the first inning. Seattle extended the lead to 3-0 in the second, getting a two-out, two-RBI single to shallow center field, just out of Jake Marisnick's diving grasp. George Springer got the Astros back in it in the top of the third, blasting a two-run homer to trim the deficit to one run. After the first and second inning struggles, Miley's pitch count was high after four innings, resulting in Brad Peacock making an appearance from the bullpen to take over in the 3-2 game in the fifth, keeping the one-run game in play. The Astros did damage against Seattle's bullpen in the top of the sixth, loading the bases for Jose Altuve who continued his home run streak by launching a grand slam to double up the Mariners at 6-3. Seattle would battle back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run on a wild pitch from Peacock then getting an RBI groundout to get back within a run at 6-5. Houston wanted to give their bullpen more room to work with, and proceeded to load the bases in the top of the eighth to set up the second grand slam of the night, this time from Yuli Gurriel to make it a 10-5 advantage. Peacock faced one more batter in the bottom of the eighth, then Chris Devenski finished that inning off before continuing in the ninth. After a solo home run from the Mariners along with getting a couple of runners on against Devenski, A.J. Hinch left nothing to chance, going to Roberto Osuna to get the final out to lock up the win.

Up next: After breaking the Mariners' winning streak on Friday night, the Astros will look to lock up the series win and extend their own winning streak to 8 with a win on Saturday night. First pitch will be at 8:10 PM and will feature Justin Verlander on the mound for Houston and Felix Hernandez for Seattle.

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Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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