Braves stun Astros with late back-to-back homers to take 3-1 World Series lead

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ATLANTA — The seventh-inning agelong served arsenic a wake-up telephone for the National League champions Saturday night.

As the imaginable of tied World Series loomed, the Braves — with 2 large swings — positioned themselves to debar a instrumentality travel to Houston. The Braves are present connected the brink of hoisting a World Series trophy connected their location turf.

Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler launched back-to-back homers successful the seventh inning, giving the Braves astir of the discourtesy they needed, successful a 3-2 triumph implicit the Astros successful Game 4 of the World Series. Atlanta took a 3-1 pb successful the bid successful beforehand of a sellout assemblage astatine Truist Park that included erstwhile president Donald Trump, who joined the chorus of fans performing the Tomahawk Chop.

The Braves person won 7 consecutive location games this postseason. They volition spell for the knockout punch Sunday night, deploying a bullpen crippled for a 2nd consecutive night. Champagne volition beryllium connected crystal for a franchise that past won the World Series successful 1995 (the metropolis of Atlanta’s lone title successful the 4 large sports). The Astros are scheduled to commencement left-hander Framber Valdez. The 2016 Cubs were the past squad to flooded a 3-1 bid shortage successful the Fall Classic.

Jorge Soler belts the game-winning solo location  tally  successful  the seventh inning of the Braves' 3-2 Game 4 triumph   implicit    the Astros.Jorge Soler belts the game-winning solo location tally successful the seventh inning of the Braves’ 3-2 Game 4 triumph implicit the Astros.AP

For a 2nd consecutive night, Braves pitchers delivered. After taking a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning connected Friday, the Braves’ pitchers bent but didn’t interruption Saturday, arsenic the Astros near 11 runners connected base. Kyle Wright handled the bulk of the work, with 1 tally allowed implicit 4 ²/₃ innings down opener Dylan Lee.

Then determination was the Braves’ defense: Eddie Rosario stabbed astatine Jose Altuve’s changeable to near tract successful the eighth and snared it backhanded for the last retired arsenic helium collided with the left-field fence.

Swanson raised an scale digit successful the aerial arsenic helium rounded archetypal basal successful the seventh, aft clearing the right-field partition to necktie it 2-2 against Cristian Javier. Four pitches later, Soler smashed a pinch-hit enactment thrust to near tract that arrived astatine the obstruction simultaneously with Yordan Alvarez. The shot carried past Alvarez’s outstretched mitt into the bullpen for the go-ahead run.

Braves' Dansby Swanson celebrates aft  belting the game-tying solo homer successful  the seventh inning.Braves’ Dansby Swanson celebrates aft belting the game-tying solo homer successful the seventh inning.AP

Austin Riley’s RBI azygous successful the sixth sliced the Astros’ pb to 2-1, but Phil Maton constricted the harm by striking retired Travis d’Arnaud with the bases loaded to extremity the threat. Rosario doubled against lefty Brooks Raley and Freddie Freeman walked earlier Maton entered and struck retired Ozzie Albies for the 2nd retired earlier Riley delivered his 3rd RBI of the series. After Joc Pederson was intentionally walked, d’Arnaud was caught looking astatine onslaught three.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve (serenaded with “It’s a Small World” by the Braves organist) cleared the center-field obstruction successful the 4th with a solo homer disconnected Wright that gave the Astros a 2-0 lead. The blast was the 23rd of Altuve’s vocation successful the postseason, pushing him up of Bernie Williams for 2nd all-time. Manny Ramirez is the vocation person with 29 postseason homers.

The opener Lee lasted lone 4 batters earlier helium was removed. After Alvarez walked to load the bases with 1 out, Wright entered and retired Carlos Correa connected a grounder, with Altuve scoring the game’s archetypal run. The lefty Lee’s last enactment included 2 walks and 1 deed allowed.

Astros starter Zack Greinke fired 4 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits with 3 strikeouts. The seasoned right-hander was making his 21st vocation commencement successful the postseason.

Greinke allowed a azygous successful each of his archetypal 4 innings, but did not let a run. In the 3rd and fourth, the Astros turned inning-ending treble plays down him, pursuing hits by Rosario and Riley, respectively.