The Astros are two wins away from a World Series victory with two games remaining in Houston after a 5-3 win on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros used a ruckus home crowd to spark the offense and knock out former Ranger pitcher Yu Darvish in the second inning. Houston would score four runs in the frame behind a home run from Yuli Gurriel, a double from Josh Reddick.
A walk to Evan Gattis and a pair of singles from Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann put Houston in front 3-0. Alex Bregman added a sacrifice fly to score Gonzalez to make it 4-0.
Jose Altuve did add a double but McCann couldn’t score from first base on the hit.
Lance McCullers had his biggest moment on the mound in the third inning. McCullers walked the bases loaded but rebounded to get a double play and forced a groundout from Justin Turner to allow only one run.
Houston added another run in the fifth inning with a single from Gattis and a throwing an error by Tony Watson.
The Dodgers finally got on the board in the sixth inning after Lance McCullers allowed a lead-off walk to Corey Seager and a double to Justin Turner. McCullers was pulled for Brad Peacock with 5 1⁄3 innings remaining.
A Yasiel Puig groundout and a wild pitch scored two runs for the Dodgers after Peacock entered the game but Peacock was rolling after that. He struck out two in the eighth. He retired Puig, Chase Utley, and Yasmani Grandal to end the game and collect an 11-out save.
Houston leads the series 2-1. Just to remind you again. It is real.