What a game!

Astros epic Game 2 victory could be one of the most memorable in Houston sports history

Astros epic Game 2 victory could be one of the most memorable in Houston sports history
Both Alex Bregman an Jose Altuve came up big Wednesday night. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Mario Elie’s “Kiss of Death.” Billy Hatcher’s home run against the Mets. The Oilers leading 35-3. Stagger Lee. The touchdown that wasn't in Pittsburgh.

Houston sports history is littered with memorable moments, both good and bad. Wednesday’s 7-6 win over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series ranks right up there.

If the Astros win this series, this will be the game everyone remembers, because it did not go the way anyone thought.

Justin Verlander, unbeaten as an Astro, left the game trailing 3-1. It felt just like Game 1 as the Dodgers’ seemingly unhittable bullpen took over.

But that’s why games played on paper mean nothing.

The Astros scratched out runs against the Dodgers amazing closer, Kenley Jansen, to tie the game.

Houston took a lead in the 10th, only to see Ken Giles give it back trying to work a second inning.

Then George Springer -- the same George Springer everyone wanted to see moved out of the leadoff spot -- came up with the biggest hit of the night in the 11th, and Chris Devenski -- despite giving a run back -- closed it out.

It was simply epic.

This is what sports is all about. Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Springer, Marwin Gonzalez...Your best players making plays when it counts the most. This is why we go to the park, why we stay up all night; for these moments.

The unhittable Dodgers bullpen? Pounded, much like the unhittable Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel in the prior two series. The Astros bats, so dormant in Game 1 and for most of Game 2, woke up in a big way when it counted most.

The series now shifts to Minute Maid Park, and the Astros could conceivably close things out at home. While that is unlikely to happen, they now have a real shot to win the World Series for the first time in franchise history, all because of an epic, unforgettable night at Dodger Stadium.

The Astros have tied the series at 1-1. On the surface, that does not tell the story. The real story is the Astros won a game that won’t soon be forgotten. And if they go on to win the series, it is one that will stand up as one of the great moments in Houston sports lore.

The Astros have given this storm-ravaged city so many memorable moments. Wednesday they gave us one of the most amazing memories in the history of this city when it comes to sports. At least so far. Do we doubt there will be more?

A lot remains to be done. And in the end, it might not matter. But if they do win it all, this will be a game we never forget.

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Reynaldo López struck out seven over six scoreless innings, Orlando Arcia homered and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight, 6-2 over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

López (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in his third straight sterling outing to start the season.

“It’s like I’ve always said, for me, the important thing is to focus,” López said through an interpreter. “To have the focus during the outings and then, to be able to locate those pitches.”

He has given up one run in 18 innings for an ERA of 0.50.

“He threw the ball really well against a really good hitting club,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Another solid one.”

Arcia hit a solo home run to left in the second and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Luis Guillorme and backup catcher Chadwick Tromp each hit a two-run double in the ninth to put the Braves ahead 6-0.

“Tromp has done a good job ever since we’ve been bringing him in these situations and filling in,” Snitker said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him back there. ... He’s an aggressive hitter. He’s knocked in some big runs for us in the limited time that he’s played.”

Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros leading off the ninth against Aaron Bummer, and Mauricio Dubón had a two-out RBI single to cut the lead to four. After Bummer walked Chas McCormick to put two on, Raisel Iglesias induced a groundout by Victor Caratini to end it and secure his fourth save.

“They pitched well, and our guys are grinding out at-bats,” Houston manager Joe Espada said. “Even in the ninth inning there, we’re grinding, fighting until the end.”

Hunter Brown (0-3) yielded two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Brown allowed nine runs in two-thirds of an inning in his previous start, last Thursday against Kansas City.

Brown said he executed better Tuesday than he had in his previous two starts.

“He mixed all his pitches well,” Espada said. “The breaking ball was effective. He threw some cutters in on the hands to some of those lefties. He mixed his pitches really well. That was a really strong performance.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies was placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. IF David Fletcher had his contract selected from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Albies’ place on the roster.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right shoulder inflammation) threw a side session Tuesday, but Houston will wait until Wednesday to see how Verlander feels before deciding whether he will make his first start this weekend against the Nationals, Espada said. ... RHP Luis Garcia (right elbow surgery) threw around 20-25 pitches off the bullpen mound, and RHP José Urquidy (right forearm strain) also threw off the mound, Espada said. ... LHP Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) played catch off flat ground.

UP NEXT

Atlanta LHP Max Fried (1-0, 8.74 ERA) starts Wednesday in the series finale opposite RHP J.P. France (0-2, 8.22).

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