For the third time in the last four years and the fifth time this decade, the major league champion will be decided in Game 7 of the World Series.
The game is being broadcast on Fox and streamed on FoxSports.com.
7th Inning: Kendrick’s Blast Gives Nats the Lead
Taking no chances, the Astros decided to pull Zack Greinke from the game after he allowed a solo homer and a walk, as Houston’s lead had shrunk to 2-1. The move proved disastrous, as Howie Kendrick took Will Harris deep, giving the Nationals a shocking 3-2 lead.
Greinke had retired Adam Eaton on a grounder to short to start the inning, but he gave up half of his lead when Anthony Rendon hammered a ball 374 feet to left for a solo home run. Juan Soto drew a walk, and Manager A.J. Hinch had seen enough, pulling a starter who had looked absolutely unhittable just two batters earlier and was still at just 80 pitches.
Kendrick was the first batter Will Harris faced, and the M.V.P. of the N.L.C.S. sliced a ball 336 feet down the right field line for a game-changing two-run homer off the foul pole that made it a 3-2 game.
Harris allowed a single to Asdrubal Cabrera, and with that his day was done. Hinch replaced him with Roberto Osuna, who walked Ryan Zimmerman, got Yan Gomes to pop out to second, and escaped the inning when Victor Robles flied out to right.
Harris has now allowed crucial home runs in both Games 6 and 7.
6th Inning: Nats Go to Bullpen; Greinke Cruising
Washington is into its bullpen, Zack Greinke is dealing, and the Astros continue to lead, 2-0.
Greinke has looked mostly unhittable. He recorded another perfect inning, getting Yan Gomes to fly out to center and Victor Robles to ground out to first before striking out Trea Turner looking to end the inning. Greinke is at just 67 pitches through six shutout innings.
Max Scherzer was relieved by Patrick Corbin, and the left-hander, who normally serves as a starter, allowed a leadoff single to Jake Marisnick. That was it, though. George Springer couldn’t stop his bat on a pitch in the dirt, striking out, and Jose Altuve grounded into a double play to end the inning.
5th Inning: Astros Double Their Lead
Zack Greinke has been better, and will certainly pitch deeper into the game, but that shouldn’t take anything away from Max Scherzer, who has absolutely battled on a night without his best stuff and limited the powerful Houston lineup to just two runs.
In the top half of the inning, Greinke got his second strikeout of the night when Juan Soto could not pull his bat back on a changeup that was nearly in the dirt, though the 21-year-old made it clear he did not believe he had gone around, gesturing toward the first base umpire in hopes that he would disagree with the umpires at third and behind home. The Nationals finally got their second baserunner of the night when Howie Kendrick walked, and he reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Asdrubal Cabrera. But he was left there when Ryan Zimmerman popped out to first to end the inning.
Michael Brantley led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right, but Scherzer struck out Alex Bregman after Houston’s superstar slugger had cranked a few screaming foul balls into the stands. Yuli Gurriel nearly hit into a double play, just beating Cabrera’s throw to first. Then, with two outs, Scherzer walked Yordan Alvarez.
He got ahead of Carlos Correa, 0-2, but could not finish him off, as Correa smoked a grounder down the third base line that Anthony Rendon couldn’t handle, bringing Gurriel around to score, making it 2-0 Astros.
Washington challenged a play at third, where Alvarez appeared to briefly pop off the bag, but the safe call on the field was confirmed.
With runners on first and third with two outs, Robinson Chirinos struck out, ending the inning and almost certainly the night for Scherzer, who is up to 103 pitches.
4th Inning: Greinke Provides Some Defense, Too
Zack Greinke showed off the leather that made him a five-time Gold Glove winner, snaring a sharp grounder by Trea Turner and easily throwing to first for the first out of the inning. He followed that up with an even more impressive grab, leaping to get a chopper from Adam Eaton that appeared likely to get by him. He ran the count full against Anthony Rendon but struck out the Nationals’ cleanup hitter with a well-placed, 89-mile-per-hour fastball.
Greinke has still faced the minimum number of batters in this game, with his lone blemish being Juan Soto’s single in the second, which was erased by a double-play.
Despite having flirted with disaster in the previous two innings, Max Scherzer was back out for the fourth. He got Carlos Correa to ground out to second and struck out Robinson Chirinos, but he allowed a two-out single to right by Josh Reddick. George Springer drew a four-pitch walk to put a second man on base, but Jose Altuve flied out to center to end the inning.
3rd Inning: Greinke Burning Through Nats’ Lineup
Another inning of efficiency from Zack Greinke and escapism from Max Scherzer.
In the top half of the inning, Greinke continued his quiet efficiency, once again needing just eight pitches to get through the Nationals. A grounder back to the pitcher and two fly balls to center were all Washington could muster. Greinke has faced the minimum number of batters through three innings while needing just 28 pitches to get there.
Jose Altuve stroked a single to left to lead off the bottom half of the inning. After Michael Brantley flied out to left, Alex Bregman walked. That brought up Yuli Gurriel, who had homered just one inning before, but this time he got under the pitch and flied out to right. Scherzer then got out of yet another jam when Yordan Alvarez drove a ball to deep center field that found its way into Victor Robles’s glove.
Scherzer is one pitch short of having thrown twice as many as Greinke.
2nd Inning: Astros Draw First Blood
The Astros struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on a homer by Yuli Gurriel.
In the top of the first, Juan Soto singled off Zack Greinke for the first hit of the game for either team, but he wasn’t on base long as Greinke induced a comebacker from Howie Kendrick that the Astros turned into a 1-4-3 double play. Greinke then finished off the scoreless inning by getting Asdrubal Cabrera to ground out sharply to first.
Gurriel led off the bottom half of the inning, and he crushed a 2-1 slider from Max Scherzer 389 feet to left center for his second home run of the postseason. Back to back singles by Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa then put Scherzer in a tight spot. He got the first out on a pop-up by Robinson Chirinos to the catcher in foul territory and got a second on a grounder to first from Josh Reddick that advanced the runners to second and third. But Scherzer escaped when George Springer hit a sinking liner into left that Soto was barely able to snare.
Scherzer got out of the inning with relatively little damage, but coming off an injury he had to labor a bit, and he is up to 33 pitches in the game.
1st Inning: Scherzer and Greinke Off to Good Starts
After last night’s intense first inning, today’s opening frame was remarkably quiet, with both Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer looking strong.
Greinke needed just eight pitches to cruise through a 1-2-3 inning. Trea Turner smoked a liner down the third base line that Alex Bregman snared for the first out. Adam Eaton hit a little dribbler in front of the plate and was thrown out at first by Robinson Chirinos and Anthony Rendon grounded out to third.
In the bottom half of the inning, Scherzer was not quite as sharp, but he still held the Astros scoreless. He got Houston’s leadoff man, George Springer, to fly out to center. Jose Altuve grounded out softly to short and after Scherzer walked Michael Brantley on five pitches, he got out of the inning when Alex Bregman flied out to right.
1. George Springer CF
2. Jose Altuve 2B
3. Michael Brantley LF
4. Alex Bregman 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel 1B
6. Yordan Alvarez DH
7. Carlos Correa SS
8. Robinson Chirinos C
9. Josh Reddick RF
Zack Greinke P