With an excellent three-inning break from pitcher Brad Peacock and a home run by Cuban Yuli Gurriel, the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5 × 3 and put the World Series of baseball 2-1 in their favor.
Third baseman Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez and wide receiver Brian McCann also drove in runs for the Texan team.
The next game in this series – the best of seven – will be this Saturday at the Minute Maid Park in Houston with pitchers Chalie Morton (Astros) and Alex Wood (Dodgers).
The victory went to the starter Lance McCuller (1-0) and the reverse for the Japanese Yu Darvish (0-1), while Peacock scored the save after his brilliant job on the mountain to silence the bats of the Californian team.
The Japanese starter’s problems began and ended in the same second inning when he was scored four runs and had to go to the showers.
Dodgers manager David Roberts saw the problems Darvish was having on the mound, getting just five outs and giving up six hits.
“The fastball command wasn’t working and the slider was receding, so I really didn’t have the feel and couldn’t get any kind of rhythm,” Roberts said of Darvish.
“They were taking good swings, obviously having good at-bats against him. But he only goes to the command of the fastball and the breaking ball was simply not there, “added the pilot of the Californian team.
The headache began with Cuban Gurriel, who opened the inning with a line homer to left field.
Then, Josh Reddick followed him with a double, Evan Gattis received a desbol and Venezuelan González pushed the second with an unstoppable.
The third came by another hit by catcher McCann and the fourth by Bregman’s sacrifice fly.
Starter McCullers later got tricky in the third when he walked three in a row, but reached in by forcing dangerous Corey Seager into a doubleplay, though the third-rate runner scored, and Justin Turner then outnumbered shortstop.
After two innings with some calm, the Astros crossed the plate again after two outs, by singles by Reddick and Gattis with an interleaved error by the pitcher.
In the sixth, the Dodgers scored two on the register for walks to Seager and Turner, a blowout by Cuban Yasiel Puig, which caused one, and a wildpitch by the pitcher that allowed the second of the inning.
The Astros have an excellent opportunity to sweep the three-game series at home, as they do very well at home, although their rivals also reaped more than 100 wins overall in the regular season.
The Astros are looking for their first World Series trophy, as their only previous appearance at this level was in 2005, but they lost to the Chicago White Sox.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are going for their seventh crown and the first since 1988, when they beat the Oakland Athletics.