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World Series Heads To Game 7 After 7-2 Loss

Game 7 is Wednesday night at 7:08 at Minute Maid Park.

Justin Verlander - World Series Game 6
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has started seven World Series games in his career for both Houston and Detroit, but he has yet to get a victory in one.

The World Series is headed to a deciding Game 7 Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park after the Nationals beat the Astros 7-2 in Game 6 Tuesday night.

The road team has won every game so far in the series, and it’s the third time in history that the road team won the first five games. While the Nationals hope that trend continues in Game 7, the Astros haven’t lost four straight home games all season.

Washington is expected to send its ace, Max Scherzer, to the mound after he missed his last start with an injury. The Astros will counter with Zack Greinke.

Tuesday night, the Nationals got three runs off Houston starter Justin Verlander. He’s started seven World Series games in his career for both Houston and Detroit, but he’s yet to be the winning pitcher in one.

Anthony Rendon Homers in Game 6 of the World Series
Anthony Rendon hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series.

Anthony Rendon, who grew up in Houston rooting for the Astros and played college baseball at Rice University, drove in five runs for the Nationals, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give Washington a 5-2 lead.

That came just after a controversial play. Nationals batter Trea Turner hit a ground ball softly to pitcher Brad Peacock who threw the ball to first. But Turner collided with the glove of first baseman Yuli Gurriel as he ran down the line, knocking Gurriel’s glove from his hand – along with the ball. However, Turner was called out on batter interference, a call that was upheld after a four-minute replay review.

In between innings, Washington manager Dave Martinez was ejected for arguing the call and had to be restrained. The Nationals then indicated they were playing the game under protest.

The Astros stranded six runners on base and squandered a golden scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth, stranding runners at second and third with just one out.

Alex Bregman's 1st Inning Homer, Game 6
Alex Bregman’s home run in the first inning gave the Astros a 2-1 lead over the Nationals in Game 6 of the World Series.

Third baseman Alex Bregman homered in the bottom of the first. His five career home runs in the World Series are the most all time for a third baseman.

Gallery: Scenes from Game 6

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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