The Houston Astros didn’t have to technically win Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night in Washington, but realistically speaking, they sure did need to in order to have any hopes of winning a second title in three seasons. That’s exactly what they were able to accomplish as well, holding off the Nationals to win 4-1 in the nation’s capital. It didn’t take the visitors long, either, to set the tone.
In the second inning, they got a run on the board when Josh Reddick singled. An infield single from Michael Brantley tacked an a second an inning later. Victor Robles then would triple for the Nats to drive in Ryan Zimmermann, but that run would prove to be the last one they would get on the evening. Jose Altuve, the silent hero of this one, then would reach base and score for the second time on the night when Brantley again drove him in via a single in the fifth. A sixth-inning home run then came off the bat of Robinson Chirinos, pushing the lead up to 4-1, a score that would remain the same for the remainder of the game. Houston are one step closer now, but they still have to win three out of the next four, so it’s a tough hill to climb for sure.