Preston Tucker hit a two-run double in the top of the 11th inning to help the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
The Astros, with two straight World Series titles, face another daunting road to a third title. They must win the best-of-five series or it goes back to Turner Field, where the Braves won the wild-card game Tuesday night to get back in the playoffs.
“We have to win our home games. We have to win series and beat the Yankees,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s exactly what we’re doing.”
Game 3 is Monday night in Houston.
Chad Green (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th and first for the Astros with his first postseason win, and Mike Fiers (1-0) got the final four outs to earn the win. Fiers, who made nine starts during the regular season, struck out six and allowed only Brandon Phillips’ single.
The Braves had a chance to break open the game in the 10th, loading the bases on back-to-back walks to Nick Markakis and Derek Dietrich. But Fiers got Ender Inciarte to hit a comebacker and then struck out Ozzie Albies.
“I made pitches, and I want to give a lot of credit to Fiers and Green,” Hinch said. “Both those guys needed that win.”