Astros get another late rally to secure the series win

Astros daily report: Astros 6, Yankees 3

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The Astros looked to lock up a series win against the Yankees on Tuesday night. Here's how the game unfolded:

Final Score: Astros 6, Yankees 3

Record: 7-5, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Hector Rondon (1-0).

Losing pitcher: Chad Green (0-2).

Star of the game: Michael Brantley was huge for the Astros on Tuesday, starting with his leadoff double in the second inning that would result in him coming around to score Houston's first run, then later in the game tied things up with an RBI-double. He finished the night going three for five at the plate with the run and RBI.

Notes: After getting a couple of good plays from Carlos Correa's defense behind him in the top of the first, Gerrit Cole would allow a two-out solo home run to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. It didn't take the Astros long to tie the game, getting a sac fly from Yuli Gurriel to make it 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Jose Altuve made it back-to-back nights with crushed homers, getting a solo shot in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1 Houston. That score would hold for a few innings as Cole settled in, but he'd run into trouble in the top of the sixth after a botched double play left runners on the corners with one out, providing some momentum for New York that they took advantage of with a two-RBI double to take a 3-2 advantage. Cole would end up finishing seven innings, leaving still in a 3-2 deficit, making it another start where some bad luck and a few bad pitches cost him an otherwise solid start. He'd get bailed out in the bottom of the seventh, though, thanks to a two-out double from Alex Bregman followed by an RBI-double from Brantley to tie the game at three apiece. Hector Rondon kept the game tied with a scoreless top of the eighth, then the bats went to work, just like the night before, in the bottom of the eighth. Gurriel started things off with a single, then two one-out walks loaded the bases for George Springer who got his first hit of the night, a two-RBI double to put Houston back out in front 5-3. Altuve was next and took advantage of the one-out situation with a sac fly to get an insurance run and extend the lead to 6-3. Roberto Osuna had the ninth and retired the Yankees in order to get another save and secure the series win.

Up next: The Astros and Yankees will wrap up the series tomorrow night with first pitch at 6:40 PM. Collin McHugh will look to continue his solid early season for Houston, while his team will face a familiar face on the mound for New York, former Mariner James Paxton.

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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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