Javier, Astros pitch 2nd no-hitter in World Series history
Cristian Javier and Houston’s bullpen combined on just the second no-hitter in World Series history, silencing a booming lineup and boisterous ballpark as the Astros blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 Wednesday night to even the matchup at two games each.
Javier, 'pen hold Phils hitless though 7 innings in Game 4
With the Astros trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, Javier pitched six innings and allowed only a pair of baserunners. A 25-year-old right-hander, Javier struck out nine, including five in a row in the fourth and fifth. Javier threw 115 pitches over seven innings and the relievers combined for 35 more. Javier has allowed one run in his last 38 innings, including the final month of the regular season. Don Larsen of the Yankees pitched the only no-hitter in World Series history, a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 in 1956.wftv.com
Verlander 6 no-hit innings, 16th W; Astros top Correa, Twins
HOUSTON — (AP) — Justin Verlander was pulled after pitching six no-hit innings in his major league-leading 16th win and the Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Tuesday night in Carlos Correa’s return to Houston. Verlander (16-3) allowed just one runner to reach base — Nick Gordon struck out in the second inning on a wild pitch to get aboard. The Twins scored twice in the ninth and had the bases loaded before Bryan Abreu struck out Jake Cave to end it. That was the only hit for Correa, who was selected first overall by the Astros in 2012 and spent his first seven seasons in Houston. Dubón gave Houston the lead with an RBI single in the second inning and Trey Mancini made it 2-0 with his run-scoring double in the fourth.wftv.com
Diamondbacks' Gallen has sore forearm, might miss opener
SETBACK IN THE BULLPENBlue Jays right-hander Kirby Yates will miss several weeks because of a strained muscle in his forearm. He allowed one run and five hits, striking out five without a walk. Ross Stripling struck out seven and walked none in 3 2/3 innings, but gave up three runs and five hits. Bryan Abreu, a top Astros pitching prospect who turns 24 next month, started and pitched three perfect innings, striking out four. Baltimore starter John Means allowed four hits and walked three over 3 2/3 innings, striking out three.