Around the horn: Dodgers destroy Braves in Game 3
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Relievers Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Alex Wood and mopped up with shutout innings behind Urias. Only Adam Kolarek encountered trouble, allowing a pair of Braves runs in the ninth frame.
The Braves went to pitchers Huascar Ynoa, Jacob Webb and Shane Greene to wrap up the rough night.
ASTROS STAY ALIVE
Jose Altuve helped make up for a couple of costly errors earlier this week with a couple of key RBI on Wednesday to help keep the dastardly Houston Astros alive in the bid for a no-doubter World Series.
It’s a start for Altuve, who blasted a first-inning solo homer and brought home a third-inning run with a double, in pacing the Astros to the 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Fellow hot-playoff-hitter and teammate George Springer also homered — the difference on the board with a two-run shot in the fifth inning of a tie ballgame.
“I know it was a homer (right off the bat),” Springer told TBS. “I was able to hit a high fastball there. It’s a tight line, so happy that it stayed fair.”
It tied Springer with Altuve, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson for the fifth-most post-season homers.
“I don’t know (how to react to that) — I don’t really have a reaction yet,” a stunned Springer told TBS. “I’m just happy we won the game.”
And it was just what the Astros needed in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Game 5 goes Thursday.
“Our backs are against the wall,” Springer told TBS. “All we gotta do is fight one pitch at a time, one inning at a time and see what happens.”