HOUSTON (AP) – Stephen Strasburg had a solution for virtually every problem. Juan Soto did not release the bat until he reached the initial, to shake the home run of the advantage, as his rival Alex Bregman had done in the first inning.
Yes, the Nationals continue to match what the Astros do, in each pitch, hit, victory and even in the way of celebrating home runs. And the two teams share something else: None have won in another's park.
"It's really weird, you can't explain it," said National manager Dave Martinez, more serene after a game that left his boxes.RELATED
Adam Eaton and Dominican Soto hit solo home runs against Justin Verlander in the fifth act, Anthony Rendón pushed five runs, including two with a home run in the seventh, and Washington soared to beat Houston on Tuesday 7-2, matching 3-3 on Classic of Autumn.
Strasburg showed his temper and his best straight to throw five-hit ball over eight episodes and a third. He forced a seventh game of the first World Series in history in which the visiting team has won each of the first six commitments.
“Maybe they enjoyed our park and we enjoyed theirs. We are not going to ask questions. We just have to go out tomorrow to have fun, ”said Rendón.
Spurred by an adverse decision of the umpires in the initial during the seventh inning, the Nationals increased their advantage moments later, when Rendón shook his flies near Will Harris. The Puerto Rican Martinez continued his furious protests and was expelled during that episode.
Two coaches had to stop the pilot.
In the ninth inning, Rendón added a two-run double against Chris Devenski, to leave the game virtually defined.
Max Scherzer, the National opener, has received an injection of painkillers, and will return to the hill to open the seventh meeting in Washington, Tuesday night, Martinez said. The irritation of a nerve in the neck prevented him from taking charge of the fifth game.
"Whenever we have Max on the mound we believe there are good opportunities," Rendón said.
Scherzer warmed up in the seventh inning, before Rendón's shot. He sat down later.
“Everyone believes in me and doctors. I can be ready for the seventh game, ”said Scherzer
Martinez became the first manager expelled from a World Series match since 1996. In that year, who lost his temper was Bobby Cox of Atlanta.
The Nationals will now try their most recent comeback, in a year in which they have been declared dead again and again. If they succeed, they will get the first title in the 51-year history of a franchise that began as the Montreal Expos.
It would also be the first World Series conquered by a Washington club since the Senators were crowned in 1924.
Zack Greinke will open the match for the Astros, who led the majors with 107 wins in the regular season and are looking for what would be their second scepter in three seasons.
"I wish it was in a National League park," Greinke joked.
Visitors have won the seventh game of the World Series three times in a row since the St. Louis Cardinals imposed themselves on the Texas Rangers in 2011.
Washington recovered after starting the campaign with a 19-31 record. On May 23, bookmakers gave Nationals just 1.6% chance of winning the Fall Classic.
But they finished with a record of 93-69, traced a 3-1 handicap in the eighth inning against Milwaukee in the wild card game and reversed a two-game deficit against the Dodgers in the Divisional Series.
And now, losing the World Series 3-2 and 2-1 the sixth game against the Astros in the fifth act, they survived again.
For the Nationals, the Soto Dominicans of 5-1 with one scored and one produced, Victor Robles 4-0. The Venezuelan Asdrúbal Cabrera 4-0.
For the Astros, Venezuelans José Altuve 3-0 with a towed, Robinson Chirinos 4-0. The Cubans Yuli Gurriel 3-0, Yordan Álvarez 3-0. The Puerto Rican Carlos Correa 4-1.