The Astros also went on to win the World Series and lead Game 2 to a win over the Phillips

Framber Valdez took a five-run lead after being struck by lightning in Houston’s first innings, Alex Bregman made a home raid and the Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Saturday night to level the World Series in one game each.

Game 1. likeThe Astros took a 5-0 lead. Unlike ace Justin Verlander in the opener, Valdez and Houston held on.

Valdez rebounded from a pair of poor outings in last year’s series to pitch the shutout ball in seventh place, and the bullpen escaped a few jams to cap things off.

2022 World Series Game 2: Philadelphia Phillies vs Houston Astros
Houston Astros pitcher Framber Valdez returns to the dugout in the seventh inning during Game 2 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pea and Yordan Alvarez all doubled as Houston took a two-run lead from four pitches against Jack Wheeler. An error allowed another run in the first and Bregman added a two-run homer in the fifth.

A day after coming back to win 6-5 in 10 innings. Philadelphia tried to rally in this as well.

With Phillips four runs behind, Kyle Schwarber hit a drive down the right-field line, with a man against Rafael Monteiro in the eighth, originally on a two-run homer by right field line umpire James Hoy. was ruled.

First base umpire Trip Gibson signaled for the first ump to conference and a crew chief’s review of the call was reversed when it was determined the ball was on the wrong side of the pole.

Schwarber, who led the NL at home, scored this season, then hit a long drive that was caught on the right field wall.

Ryan Pressley finished a combined six-hitter, giving up a run on an error by first baseman Yuli Gurriel.

Following the split in Houston, the series resumed on Monday night when Citizen Bank Park is hosting the series for the first time since 2009.

In the last 61 series drawn 1–1, the winner of Game 2 won the title 31 times – but just four of the last 14.

After struggling for a 19.29 ERA in a pair of series that began in a six-game loss to Atlanta last year, Valdez pitched with polish and poise. His cheeks gleaming with sweat, the 28-year-old left-handed batsman scored nine runs and three runs and gave four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

He was blasted by the batsmen at an average speed of 95.6 mph and stunned them with his curve, giving him three strikeouts—all watching. Unusually, he changed his gloves and spikes mid-outing.

When the Phillies put only two runners up against him in sixth, Valdez knocked out Game 1 star JT Realmuto with a high heat, then bounced the first pitch sinker to Bryce Harper in an innings-ending double play.

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