ATLANTA. Just like in 1999, the last time the Braves played a World Series, and they had excellent pitching, their pitching shone yesterday in Game 3. Ian Anderson and four relievers, they threw a jewel of only two hits against and Atlanta won 2 -0 to Houston Astros to regain the 2-1 lead in the World Series.
Atlanta came within six outs of achieving just the second hitless, run-down in Fall Classic history, but Aledmys Diaz gave a high to left field that Eddie Rosario couldn’t catch. The last time seven innings were thrown in no-hitter game World Series It was in 1966 with Jim Lonborg of the Boston Red Sox that he fell within four outs of the feat in Game 2.
Travis D’Arnaud hit a solo homer in the eighth to solidify Austin Riley’s short lead with an RBI double from the third. Atlanta snapped a five-game losing streak in World Series at home, while the Astros dropped one of four road victories on the road.
Anderson became just the fourth rookie pitcher in postseason history to pitch five innings without a hit. Braves manager Brian Stinker decided to take him out, even though he only had 76 pitches. He walked three and struck out four.
Venezuelan Luis Garcia allowed only three hits but walked four, in addition to accepting Riley’s producing hit in the third, which put him with the negative record. He pitched 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.
D’Arnaud is the hottest hitter after the first three World Series games. He has had five hits in 12 at-bats (.417 percentage) with two home runs, a double and four runs scored.
Today the Braves will look to continue their unbeaten home run in the current postseason and get within a win of their first ring in 26 years.
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