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MLB Championship Series best games: Padres win Game 2, Astros take Game 1

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The NLCS continued on Wednesday, with the Padres evening at 1-1 with an 8-5 win over the Phillies, while the Astros took Game 1 of the ALCS by beating the Yankees 4-2.

Here are the best games from the Yankees-Astros:

Worse still does

After three home runs in the ALDS, Harrison Bader took the Yankees to the board, first in the ALCS, with a home run beat Justin Verlander to take a 1-0 lead in the second innings.

Astros strike back

After the Yankees took the lead at the top of the second, the Astros equalized when Martin Maldonado hit an RBI double.

make history

Verlander was cooking for Bader in the second moment after he gave up his home run. He recorded the sixth inning of the game when he hit Isaiah Kinder-Falefa in the fourth inning. It was also Verlander’s 215th postseason hit, giving him the record for most end-of-season hits.

Verlander hit nine Yankees hitters in five hits, allowing just one run in three hits.

Major dual game

The Astros managed to fill the bases on the fifth inning as they removed Jameson Taillon from the game. After an Alex Bregman walk, Clarke Schmidt put Kyle Tucker into a doubles play that ended in a stroke to clear the jam.

gurriel is gone

Yuli Gurriel broke the tie 1-1 on the first inning under the sixth and slammed the inside slider into the Crawford Boxes to give the Astros a 2-1 lead.

And another home run for ‘Stros’

Two strokes after Yuli Gurriel gave them the lead, Chas McCormick went in the opposite direction for a home run to take the Astros’ lead to 3-1 and end Schmidt’s day.

Strong Pena

Rookie Jeremy Peña continued his season-ending feats in seventh place when he took a solo home run to take the Astros’ lead 4-1.

get someone back

Anthony Rizzo made it interesting when he scored a single point in the eighth inning to cut the Astros’ lead to 4-2.

Sealing Game 1

The Astros closer Ryan Pressley came into the game with two outs, but had two Yankees runners on base in the eighth inning. He cleared the jam by hitting Matt Carpenter and hit Bader and Isaiah Kiner-Falefa to kick off the ninth inning.

In the end, he got Jose Trevino to finish the game, giving Houston a game 1 win.

Here are the Phillies-Padres top games:

support your pitcher

Blake Snell received early support from his defense at the start of the first game.

Phillies stay warm

Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos’ singles were at the top of the second, while an Alec Bohm single scored Harper, giving Philly a 1-0 lead.

sun damage

After Snell shot Jean Segura, a Matt Vierling flying ball tripped over the sun, causing Juan Soto to fall. Castellanos took Philly 2-0 lead.

A tough start to the day

Another single – this time from Edmundo Sosa – recorded Bohm, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead at the top of the second.

On Philly’s next hit, Kyle Schwarber took first place, but it was enough to score Vierling and take a 4-0 lead for PHI.

Two hosts are better than one

After a two-second hellish climax for the Padres, San Diego pulled back courtesy of back-to-back players Brandon Drury and Josh Bell.

Philly’s lead fell to 4-2.

no sibling love

Little brother Aaron Nola got the best of his older brother Austin Nola in this first sibling fight.

Manny gets heated

Manny Machado was upset by a call made by the home plate referee during his third inning shot, which resulted in a kick. Early in the match, Machado nearly took a single hit, but the ball was fouled.

Not to Starbucks!

Machado’s foul ball was very close to pulling out MLB at FOX analyst John Smoltz’s coffeehouse.

brother’s revenge

After his younger brother gave his best on his first inning, Austin Nola took a hit from Aaron Nola in their second matchup. He also ended up being a great one. Nola’s one-shot from the right put Ha-Seong Kim from the first moment until the Phillies lead 4-3.

That moment put Father Nola in a difficult position.

Tie game!

The Padres came back from a 4-0 hole to tie the game in the fifth half as Soto doubled the right-court line to kick Austin Nola from third. Aaron Nola’s day ended in a batter after he hit Machado a second time.

Fathers take the lead

Drury sped up in the clutch for San Diego again and hit a single center to win two runners up with the bases loaded. The base kick gave the Padres a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning.

Back-to-back RBIs

Drury and Bell hit back-to-back RBI singles for fifth after hitting back-to-back home runs in the second half. After Drury’s two running hits that put the Padres forward, Bell extended a hit to the right.

Being Manny Manny

The Padres All-Star third baseman gave them a seventh-place fuse run and took a solo hit over 400 feet to take San Diego’s lead to 8-4.

Phils get one back

Rhys Hoskins opened the eighth inning with the first field goal he had seen from Padres substitute Robert Suarez, who had not let him run at Petco Park all season. Homer cut the Padres’ lead to 8-5, making it the Phillies’ first run since they went 4-0.

ball game

Closer to the Padres, Josh Hader came in for ninth and hit the Phillies to level the series at 1-1.

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