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The Houston Astros evened up the World Series in memorable fashion on Wednesday as the team’s pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
It was only the second no-hitter in World Series history, and the first combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball postseason history.
Pitcher Cristian Javier started the game for Houston, which tied the series 2-2 with the win. Javier pitched the first six innings, joining the New York Yankees’ Don Larsen as the only pitchers in World Series history to finish a game with no hits allowed in six or more innings pitched. Larsen pitched the only complete perfect game in the World Series in 1956.
A trio of relievers finished the game for Javier and Houston. In total, Javier recorded 18 outs from 97 pitches on Wednesday.
Houston came into Game Four of the Series needing to slow down a scorching Philadelphia offense that smacked five home runs in a 7-0 thumping in Game Three.
On Wednesday night, Houston’s pitchers brought that offense to a screeching halt. For Javier, 70 of his 97 pitches were fastballs that blew past Phillies batters. Houston catcher Christian Vazquez told Fox Sports that Javier’s pitches were the best fastballs he had seen.
Javier, 25 and a native of the Dominican Republic, becomes the first pitcher to start multiple combined no-hitters in a career. On June 25 in Yankee Stadium, Javier threw 115 pitches and recorded 21 outs before giving way to two relief pitchers in the Astros’ 3-0 win over New York.
Game Five of the Series is Thursday night in Philadelphia. Wednesday’s win by the Astros ensures the fall classic returns to Houston.