Baseball-Braves rally to beat Astros, take commanding 3-1 World Series lead

(Reuters) – Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning as the Atlanta Braves came from behind to beat the Houston Astros 3-2 in Game Four and move one win away from a World Series victory on Saturday.

After going without a hit until the eighth inning the night before, the Astros wasted no time, as Jose Altuve hit a single on the first pitch of the game and later came around to score for an early 1-0 lead.

Altuve added another run for the visitors on a solo shot over the center field fence in the fourth inning.

The Braves cut the deficit to one run on a hit by Austin Riley that plated Eddie Rosario before Swanson and Soler hit their solo shots.

The defensive play of the night belonged to Eddie Rosario, who made a backhanded catch at the left field wall in the eighth to rob Altuve of an extra base hit and send the crowd at Truist Park into a frenzy.

Will Smith threw a perfect ninth to close out the game and improve the Braves record to 7-0 at home this postseason.

The Braves will look to win the Fall Classic for the first time since 1995 when they host the Astros for Sunday’s Game Five.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by William Mallard)

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