The Houston Astros are headed back home with the knowledge that they are now in control of the 2019 World Series and the Washington Nationals having taken a third consecutive game on the road on Sunday night. The 7-1 win was keyed by the pitching of Gerritt Cole, which was unsurprisingly superb yet again. He went seven innings and only gave up a single run, giving his team the opportunity to build a big lead.
Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa each hit two-run home runs in the second and fourth innings to put them up 4-0. Juan Soto’s solo shot in the bottom of the seventh got one back for the home team Nats, but it was not enough. After Cole left, Houston would increase its lead, with Yuli Gurriel continuing a fine postseason by driving in a run in the eighth. In the ninth inning, George Springer made sure of the result, smashing a two-run homer to conclude the scoring at 7-1. Houston will have two chances, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, to close out Washington. In order to do so, however, they will have to stop the trend of visiting teams winning, which has occurred in all five games thus far.