The Houston Astros reacted on Wednesday and beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 in the second game of the World Series, once again at the hands of Venezuelan José Altuve.
Now the Series will arrive even (1-1) in Atlanta, where games three, four and five will be played starting on Friday.
Altuve commanded the sidereal attack from the first inning. He started the game with a double - before Max Fried - and ended up scoring the first line of the game.
Travis d'Arnaud tied the score with a solo home run at the top of the second inning. But the Astros responded strongly and produced a four-run cluster, combining singles by José Siri, Martín Maldonado and Michael Brantley.
Travis dArnaud tied the score with a solo home run at the top of the second inning. But the Astros responded strongly and produced a four-run cluster, combining singles by José Siri, Martín Maldonado and Michael Brantley.
Freddie Freeman pushed Atlanta's second hairline in the fifth episode. But to every slightest reaction from the Braves there was a response from the Astros.
Yuli Gurriel and Altuve were in charge of sentencing the score. The Cuban put the scoreboard 6-2 in the sixth by reaching base on a draft play. And the Venezuelan hit his first homer of the series - an inning later - against the shipments of left-hander Drew Smyly.
The hit was the 22nd career postseason hit for Altuve, which ties Bernie Williams for the second-best record in history. Only Manny Ramirez has more home runs in this instance (29).
In the midst of the uncertainty that has surrounded the pitching of the Astros, the Mexican José Urquidy took a step forward and responded to the confidence of the siderales.
The right-hander pitched 5.0 innings of just two runs, walked without walking and struck out seven to bring his ERA to 3.60 and score the win.
Urquidy became the fifth Astros pitcher to hit at least seven or more strikeouts in a World Series game.
The setback instead went to Fried (10.80) who allowed six touchdowns in five innings.