The Houston Astros scored in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday as they defeated the New York Yankees 2-1 at Minute Maid Park.
With Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander pitching the first two games, the Astros had hoped to take a 2-0 advantage with them to New York and managed to do that, just.
Verlander went the distance for the hosts allowing the single Yankees run on five hits and a walk while striking out 13. Jose Altuve scored all the way from first on a Carlos Correa double to start the celebration at home plate.
Altuve, who was already past second when the ball landed in the outfield, was beaten by the throw to the plate, but New York catcher Gary Sanchez could not come up with the ball and the Houston second baseman was rewarded for his aggressive play.
With Keuchel and Verlander in a groove the Astros look awfully scary not least because they have won the first two games without their vaunted offense hitting the way it can.
Verlander was acquired for just this kind of moment and showed that the cost of Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers, now considered three of Detroit's top seven prospects, was an appropriate price to be paid.
The two teams now head to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for Game 3 on Monday when Charlie Morton will get the call for the Astros.
New York will counter with C.C. Sabathia with Sonny Gray penciled in for Game 4 for the Bronx Bombers.
It will be instructive to see if Houston learns from the mistake of the Cleveland Indians and refrains from shortening their rotation and keeps their aces at full strength.
The Yankees are 4.70 to win this year's World Series with the Astros 2.40 and the Los Angeles Dodgers also priced at 1.62.
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