The American League teams returned to action in New York on Saturday, while the National League teams played their second of three games in Philadelphia. Both series leaders, Houston and Philadelphia, were seeking three-game leads with a victory over their opponents.
Houston leads series 3-0
WP: Cristian Javier
LP: Gerrit Cole
Chas McCormick opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the 2nd inning, and the Yankees could not answer.
The Yankees were held to fewer than five hits for the second time in the series. The Astros remain undefeated in the 2022 postseason.
Philadelphia leads series 3-1
WP: Brad Hand
LP: Sean Manaea
This game got off to a wild start – neither starting pitcher recorded three outs.
The Padres tallied the first runs of the game with a four-run 1st inning, but Philly responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Bryson Stott‘s single drove in the tying run for the home team in the 4th inning.
Juan Soto‘s two-run homer in the 5th gave the visitors a brief two-run advantage. Philadelphia would rally to tie the game again in the bottom of the inning with a big blast by Rhys Hoskins, his second of the game. Bryce Harper‘s double drove in the go-ahead run. Nick Castellanos added an insurance run with an RBI single.
Third-place Wild Card team Philadelphia is one win away from a National League pennant.
These teams play again tomorrow, with the Padres and Phillies set to throw the first pitch at 2:37 PM ET. The starting pitchers are Yu Darvish (postseason: 2-1, 2.84 ERA) and Zack Wheeler (postseason: 1-1, 1.40 ERA). The Astros and Yankees will follow at 4:07 PM ET. Lance McCullers Jr. (regular season: 4-2, 2.27 ERA) will face Nestor Cortes (postseason: 1-0, 2.70 ERA) as Cortes and the Yankees attempt to stave off a series sweep.