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2022 World Series: Jeremy Peña shines, Justin Verlander earns first win as Astros take 3-2 series lead

2022 World Series: Jeremy Peña shines, Justin Verlander earns first win as Astros take 3-2 series lead

The Philadelphia Phillies‘ The magic carpet ride looks like it’s coming to an end.

Citizens Bank Park was loud in Game 5, but that was it Houston Astros who came away with a 3-2 win, take a 3-2 series lead and now need one win to win their second World Series since 2017.

Philly looked like the team of destiny after hitting five home runs in their 7-0 Game 3 victory on Tuesday night.

But four Astros pitchers combined no-hit Phillies in Game 4, grabbing all the momentum.

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Jeremy Pena #3 and Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros celebrate after hitting against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Pena #3 and Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros celebrate after hitting against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Cries of “cheaters” were loud. But if there’s one thing about Jose Altuve, the crowd doesn’t worry him. He doubled off the wall and an error advanced him to third to start the game. Jeremy Peña drove him in to put the Astros on the board.

Kyle Schwarber responded, however, with a leadoff homer Justin Verlander, tying the game at one and making Verlander the record holder for most home runs allowed by a pitcher in a World Series (passing Catfish Hunter’s nine). Verlander also loaded the bases in the second, but Verlander was uninjured. He drove in one more in the third, putting two on with two outs, but Bryson Stott flied out to end the Phils’ threat.

Verlander walked four batters in a game for the first time all season — in fact, he walked just four in all of April and all of August — but Schwarber’s home run was the only run he allowed in his five grind-it out innings of work. It was the first time he allowed just one run in a World Series game in his career, after entering the night with a 6.07 ERA in the Fall Classic (he allowed three in Game 5 of the 2006 Fall Classic, but earned one).

Rob Thomson didn’t want to Noah Syndergaard faced the lineup for the second time – mainly Yordan Alvarez, so Peña was his last batter when he came on in the fourth. But he led off the inning with a solo home run, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead.

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Hector Neris was the first man out of the bullpen and gave up a single to Alec Bohm. He got the next two batters, but Dusty Baker walked Bryan Abreu out of the bullpen. His first hit scored Jean Segura, bringing in Schwarber. But Abreu challenged 4-3. He stayed in the seventh and sat Rhys HoskinsJT Realmuto and Bryce Harper in order.

Houston Astros' Jeremy Pena #3 celebrates with teammate Alex Bregman #2 after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Houston Astros’ Jeremy Pena #3 celebrates with teammate Alex Bregman #2 after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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In the eighth, the Astros put runners on the corners with no outs against Seranthony Dominguez, who was in his second inning after five days off. That brought in David Robertson, but an Alvarez groundout brought in the Astros’ third run of the game.

Rafael Montero walked two batters to bring the lead to the plate with one out in the bottom of the eighth. After allowing an RBI single to Jean Segura, closer Ryan Pressly came up with the tying run on third and the leadoff walk on first. He struck out Brandon Marsh and Schwarber lined one out, but Trey Mancini, who had hit Yuli Gurriel earlier, made a play that saved a run, maybe two, and maybe Houston’s season. Oh, and it was Mancini’s first innings since October 5th.

After Alec Bohm’s huge 5-5-3 double play to end the top of the ninth, the Phillies had Hoskins, Realmut and Harper against Pressly. Hoskins struck out and Chas McCormick robbed Realmuta of extra bases with a wall jumper.

Harper was hit by a pitch, leading to the tying run, but Nick Castellanos grounded out to end the game.

The Phillies have struggled with runners in scoring position in every series — before Segura’s eighth-inning single, they were 0 in their last 20 in those situations since Game 1. They were 1-for-7 on Thursday.

Jeremy Pena #3 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Pena #3 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Peña was named ALCS MVP – he’s very much in contention for World Series MVP. After his three-hit night, he’s hitting .381 in this World Series. He would become just the ninth player in MLB history to win both the LCS and World Series MVP in the same year. Incredibly, the other eight were all National League players.

The series now moves to Houston, where Zack Wheeler will go for the Phillies and the Astros will battle Framber Valdez.



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