The Houston Astros saw their bats come alive on Friday and with it they took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Former Texas Ranger Yu Darvish was chased in the second inning having allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out none in 1 2-3 innings of work.
Yuli Gurriel connected for a home run to open the scoring in the second inning with Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann adding RBI singles. Alex Bregman added a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring in the inning and while the Astros would add another in the fifth, the four runs were all the support the Lance McCullers Jr would need in the 5-3 triumph at Minute Maid Park.
McCullers Jr went the first 5 1-3 innings of the contest allowing all three LA runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three before turning the ball over to Brad Peacock.
Nominally a starter, Peacock threw 3 2-3 innings of hitless ball the rest of the way and that's a very nice combination that the Astros have going. Keuchel and Verlander as your first two starters, with bullpen help and then McCullers Jr and Peacock as the only two pitchers allows Houston to be very aggressive with their relief core.
The Astros will hope to increase their lead over the Dodgers on Saturday when Charlie Morton heads to the hill. LA will counter with Alex Wood before Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw are on tap for Sunday's match up in Game 5.
Houston are 3.80 to win the series 4-3.
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