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The Astros evened the World Series with a convincing Game 2 win over the Phillies

Framber Valdez hit a five-run home run after Houston’s first-inning blitz, Alex Bregman homered, and the Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Saturday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.

Just like in game 1, the Astros took a 5-0 lead. Unlike ace Justin Verlander in the opener, Valdes and Houston persevered.

Valdez bounced back from a pair of bad outings in last year’s series to throw the ball in the seventh and the bullpen worked through a few jams to get things done.

Game 2 of the 2022 World Series: 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 the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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Jose Altuve, Jeremy Peña and Jordan Alvarez doubled as Houston took a two-run lead in four innings against Zack Wheeler. An error allowed one more 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 one, too.

With the Phillies trailing by four runs, Kyle Schwarber drove deep down the right field line with a man on in the eighth against Rafael Montero, who had initially driven a two-run homer down the right field line by umpire James Hoy.

First base umpire Trip Gibson initially signaled to the umpires for a conference, and the call was overturned during a home crew review when it was determined the ball was on the foul side of the pole.

Schwarber, who led the NL in home runs this season, then hit a long drive that was caught off the right field wall.

Ryan Pressley capped off a six-hitter, giving up a run on an error by first baseman Julius Gurriel.

After a split in Houston, the streak resumes Monday night when the streak hosts Citizens Bank Park for the first time since 2009.

Of the 61 previous 1-1 series ties, the winner of Game 2 has won the title 31 times — but only four of the last 14.

After struggling to a 19.29 ERA in a pair of starts in last year’s six-game loss to Atlanta, Valdes pitched with polish and poise. His cheeks glistening with sweat, the 28-year-old left-hander struck out nine and walked three while allowing four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

He blasted batters with a fastball averaging 95.6 mph and baffled them with his curveball, which resulted in three strikeouts — it looked like it. Unusually, he changed gloves and cleats in the middle of an outing.

With the Phillies’ only two runners against him in the sixth, Valdez struck out Game 1 star JT Realmuth in the heat, then got Bryce Harper to ground out on the first pitch into an inning-ending double play.


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