Philadelphia take a 2-1 lead in the World Series against Houston Astros


Philadelphia take a 2-1 lead in the World Series with an emphatic 7-0 win over the Houston Astros, spearheaded by a huge early homer from Bryce Harper in the rain-delayed third game

  • The third game with Philadelphia and the Astros had been delayed by weather
  • But when it got underway on Tuesday, Philadelphia hit the ground running
  • A commanding 7-0 triumph puts them 2-1 up in the series after three games

Philadelphia hit five home runs and Ranger Suarez pitched five scoreless innings as the Phillies crushed the Houston Astros 7-0 to take a 2-1 World Series lead on Tuesday.

Bryce Harper got Citizens Bank Park rocking early when he sent a breaking ball from Lance McCullers over the right field fence for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Solo shots by Alec Bohm and Brandon Marsh in the next inning pushed the lead to 4-0 before the Astros threatened with two on in the top of the fifth and Jose Altuve at the plate.

Bryce Harper led the way as Philadelphia hit five home runs against Houston Astros

Harper's heroics led Philadelphia to victory and a 2-1 lead in the World Series

Harper’s heroics led Philadelphia to victory and a 2-1 lead in the World Series 

But Suarez, who was backed up in the early innings by some stellar plays from the unheralded Phillies defense, elicited a harmless fly ball to end what would be the Astros last best chance.

A 443-foot two-run shot from Kyle Schwarber and a solo shot from Rhys Hoskins further energized the raucous Philadelphia crowd, who saw their team’s record at home improve to 6-0 this postseason.

‘It’s our fanbase, plain and simple,’ Harper said after the game, which had been postponed by a day due to bad weather.

The third game had been delayed by a day due to bad weather in Philadelphia

The third game had been delayed by a day due to bad weather in Philadelphia 

‘They keep us going, keep us fired up. When we were able to come out on the field today, they were all here ready to go.

‘They believe in us and we believe in them, so it’s been great.’

The Astros will look to even the series when they send Cristian Javier to the mound for Game Four.

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