HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros snapped a five-game losing streak in World Series games at Minute Maid Park.
With their 7-2 victory in Game 2 over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, the Astros became the first team to win a World Series game at their home stadium since the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 against Boston in 2018.
All six World Series games last year were played at a neutral venue, Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, when postseason games were played in bubbles due to the pandemic.
It happened after the visiting team won all seven games of the 2019 World Series – the only time it happened. The Washington Nationals beat Houston, winning all four games at Minute Maid, where they clinched after losing all three games at home.
Houston then lost Game 1 of this World Series, falling to 0-4 in Game 1.
When Jose Altuve doubled and scored for Houston in the first inning, it was the seventh straight World Series game with a run scored in the first inning.
This tied the longest such streak in World Series history, matching 1927-28.
Altuve then hit his 22nd career postseason home run to tie Bernie Williams for second most in baseball history behind Manny Ramirez (29).
Eddie Rosario went 0 for 4 while leading for the Braves, ending his 11-game hitting streak this postseason.
Meanwhile, second baseman Ozzie Albies went 1-for-3 to extend his playoff hitting streak to 11 games. He tied Rosario for the third-longest in Braves history, making them the first teammates with hitting streaks of at least 11 games in a single postseason since Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre for Texas. Rangers in 2010.
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel extended his postseason hitting streak to nine games, the longest active streak for a Houston hitter.
UNDER THE SUN — AND THE STARS
The sun shone through the glass on parts of the outfield during batting practice for both teams, and the retractable roof was open before the first pitch.
There were clear skies throughout Game 2. The temperature during the game was 73 degrees and only dropped a few degrees throughout the night.
These conditions were dramatically different from earlier in the day when strong storms moved through the Houston area and triggered tornado warnings.
As for the early weather forecast at Truist Park in Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Saturday, there is a 50% chance of rain both days with temperatures in the mid to high 50s. There was a 90% chance of rain on Thursday, a rest day in the series.
Speedy outfielder Terrance Gore is on the World Series roster for the Braves after not appearing there for the NL Championship Series, or even playing a regular season game for Atlanta.
With a potential four-of-seven games in the American League park and the use of a designated hitter, Gore is on the list for being a pinch runner.
“Just knowing with these games and just adding…because we haven’t used the extra guy much, as much as I think we thought we would. I just think he’s a good thing to have on the bench. in a situation where it’s a big run,” manager Brian Snitker said. “There’s a few guys we’d probably run for, and having that there, we just felt like it was more important than the extra hitter.”
Gore has just two at-bats in nine career playoff games with Kansas City, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta in the NL Division Series. He is five of six on stolen base attempts and scored three runs.
Houston has 13 players on its roster with previous World Series experience. All were for the Astros in 2017 or 2019 — or both.
With the Braves in the Fall Classic for the first time since 1999, their only six players who have played in past World Series have done so for seven different teams since 2012. They are Travis d’Arnaud (2015 New York Mets), Terrence Gore (2014-15 Kansas City Royals), Charlie Morton (2017 Astros, 2020 Tampa Bay Rays), Joc Pederson (2017-18, 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers), Drew Smyly (2012 Detroit Tigers) and Jorge Soler (2016 Chicago Cubs).
Every Braves starter had a hit in Game 1, the first time all nine starters on a team had hits since Kansas City in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series. It was the 25th time in total, but the first of a World Series opener. … It’s only the second time since MLB moved to a six-division format in 1994 that the World Series has faced teams from the NL East and AL West. The other was the Astros against the Washington Nationals two years ago. … The Astros saw two of their Hall of Fame players throw ceremonial first pitches: Jeff Bagwell before Game 2 after Craig Biggio before Game 1. They were on the field together for a ceremonial first pitch before the game 7 of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park.
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