MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta0 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 771
Houston0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 060
  W: M. Fried (1-1)   L: L. Garcia (0-2)
5:09 PM PT6:09 PM MT7:09 PM CT8:09 PM ET20:09 ET0:09 GMT8:09 5:09 PM MST7:09 PM EST7:39 PM VEN4:09 UAE (+1)6:09 PM CT, November 2, 2021
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas  Attendance: 42,868

Astros prepared to push World Series to limit in Game 6 vs. Braves

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Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros

  1. This is the sixth postseason series between Atlanta and Houston but it will be the first time the teams have played a Game 6 as all previous games were in the Division Series. This will be the 25th playoff game in the matchup with Atlanta having won 15 of the previous 24.
  2. The Braves can win their fourth World Series title with the previous three coming in three different cities (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta). The Atlanta Braves are 1-3 all-time in game 6 of the World Series with the lone win being against the Indians in 1995 to clinch the title.
  3. This season, the Astros are batting .311 and averaging 7.67 runs per game in their nine postseason wins compared to batting .189 and averaging 3.0 runs per game in their six losses.
  4. Freddie Freeman has eight career postseason home runs and half of them have come in 2021. The four this season are tied for the second-most postseason home runs by a Brave in one postseason. Only Fred McGriff has hit more with five in 1996.
  5. Jose Altuve has scored 21 times this postseason which is the tied for the most all-time in a single postseason with Carlos Beltran in 2004. The difference is Beltran batted .435 (20/46) that postseason while Altuve is batting .206 (13/63).
  6. Max Fried allowed two earned runs in 12 innings in his first two postseason starts in 2021 but has allowed 10 earned runs in 9.2 in his last two. By contrast, Luis Garcia allowed 10 runs in 3.2 innings in his first two playoff starts and one run in 9.1 innings in his last two.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 11/2/2021 thru 11/2/2021

The Houston Astros picked a fine time to hand the Atlanta Braves their first home loss of the postseason.

Fresh off overcoming a grand slam in the first inning, the Astros will aim to stave off elimination again on Tuesday night when they host the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the World Series.

A winner-take-all Game 7, if needed, is scheduled for Wednesday night.

The Astros don't have to look too far to find reasons for optimism despite trailing 3-2 in the Series.

"We were down 3-0 last year (to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 American League Championship Series); we forced a Game 7," Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said after Sunday's 9-5 win in Atlanta. "Now we (were) down 3-1; why can't we force a Game 7 again?"

Correa collected three hits and two RBIs Sunday for Houston, which would become the first team since the 2016 Chicago Cubs to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and win the Fall Classic.

Yuli Gurriel also had three hits Sunday to improve to 19-for-57 (.333) this postseason.

"The pressure's still on us because they've got the lead," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "They've got to win one, and we've got to win two. But the fact is we are going home."

After splitting a pair of bullpen games, the Braves will turn to Max Fried to start on Tuesday. The left-hander has answered two strong playoff starts with two porous ones en route to posting a 1-2 record with a 5.40 ERA this postseason.

Fried, 27, yielded five runs on eight hits -- including two homers -- in an 11-2 rout by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 21 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He then surrendered six runs on seven hits in five innings of a 7-2 shellacking by the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

"You know, I always feel good when Max pitches. He always gives you a chance to win," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Like I say, our bullpen's in good shape. Max has got full rest, and we should be good to go."

Before Fried's past two outings, he pieced together a string of 14 quality starts.

Houston is expected to turn to rookie right-hander Luis Garcia for Tuesday's game as it bids to prevent Atlanta from securing its first World Series title since 1995.

Garcia, 24, will pitch on just three days' rest after allowing one run in 3 2/3 innings in Game 3 on Friday. He threw 72 pitches in that outing, so a quick hook could be on tap Tuesday.

Garcia sports a 1-2 record with a 7.62 ERA in four appearances this postseason.

Atlanta's Freddie Freeman has hit safely in all five games of the World Series. He is 11-for-31 (.355) with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored in his last nine games.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 1, 2021

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