Astros complete the sweep with a walk-off win

Astros daily report: Astros 9, A's 8

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Houston was going for the sweep against the A's on Sunday. Here's how the long, crazy game went down:

Final Score: Astros 9, A's 8

Record: 5-5, third in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Roberto Osuna (1-0).

Losing pitcher: Blake Treinen (0-1).

Star of the game: The entire batting order contributed in Sunday's game in some fashion or another, whether it was a timely walk or a big home run. Alex Bregman went 3 for 4 with the huge sac fly that tied the game 8-8 in the eighth, Aledmys Diaz had four RBIs, but it was Jose Altuve who played hero, working the walk-off walk to win the game.

Notes: Peacock struggled heavily in the first inning, loading the bases with no outs. After a lucky and timely double play to keep the hopes of a scoreless inning alive, a high fly ball hit the roof and landed fair to score two runs, giving Oakland the early 2-0 advantage. The Astros created their own luck in the bottom of the inning, getting back-to-back RBI singles from Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa to tie the game before Aledmys Diaz pulled a ball to opposite field, enough to deflect off of Stephen PIscotty's glove and into the stands to make it a three-run home run and give Houston a 5-2 lead. The scoring continued in the second, with the A's getting a two-run homer to trim the lead to 5-4 before Houston battled back in their half of the inning, loading the bases before walking in a run to end Mike Fiers' day in just the second inning with the Astros up 6-4.

The scoring would slow down a bit in the innings after that, though the A's did get back to within a run with an RBI-double in the fourth to make it 6-5. Peacock managed to complete five innings before his day was done, allowing five runs on seven hits along with a walk. Josh James was first out of the bullpen in the top of the sixth and allowed Oakland to regain the lead after a two-run home run put them ahead 7-6. James would return for a scoreless seventh, then Hector Rondón took over in the eighth, allowing a solo home run to extend Oakland's lead to 8-6. Tony Kemp came through in the bottom of the eighth, getting a solo homer of his own to get Houston back within one at 8-7 before Alex Bregman would get a sac fly later in the inning to tie things up heading to the ninth. Roberto Osuna pitched the top of the ninth and retired Oakland in order, then the Astros got to work in the bottom of the inning to get the bases loaded for Jose Altuve who came through with the walk-off walk to win the game.

Up next: The Astros will stay in Houston and continue the six-game homestand tomorrow night with the first of three games against the Yankees getting underway at 6 PM. We'll get to watch the aces of both teams go head to head as Justin Verlander takes the mound for Houston opposite of Masahiro Tanaka for New York.

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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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