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Sport Soto, Nationals edge Astros in World Series opener

07:15  23 october  2019
07:15  23 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

20-year-old Juan Soto has a World Series debut for the ages

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Nationals : Juan Soto . In his second big league season, Soto had 34 homers, 110 RBIs and a .949 OPS. Edge : Astros . ___ Starting Pitchers: Nationals : The most imposing rotation in the National League features three-time Cy Hot Cole, Astros face Scherzer, Nats in World Series opener .

HOUSTON (AP) -- Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22:  Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game One of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)© Getty HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game One of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

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Soto was just 3 for 16 in the National League Championship Series , but Washington swept St. Louis to earn a date with the Houston Astros in the World Soto was mostly a right fielder in the minors, and has learned to play left through diligent pregame work with the Nationals coach Bob Henley.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 5, ASTROS 4

Not even a history-making home run by postseason star George Springer -- and another drive that nearly tied it in the eighth inning -- could deter Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman, still full of sock at 35, also homered to back a resourceful Max Scherzer and boost the wild-card Nationals in their first World Series appearance -- tres bien for a franchise that began as the Montreal Expos in 1969.

Otherworldly almost all season, Cole looked downright ordinary. Trea Turner singled on the second pitch of the game and the Nationals were off and running, ending Cole's 19-game winning streak that stretched back 25 starts to May.

Not what Cole or anyone at Minute Maid Park expected, especially after he led the majors in strikeouts, topped the AL in ERA and finished second in the big leagues in wins to teammate Justin Verlander.

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HOUSTON — There is no stage in sports quite like it. In football and basketball and hockey, in boxing and tennis and soccer, every competitor stands on a level playing surface. Not so in baseball, where one performer starts the action from a raised circle in the center of it all.

Washington Nationals ' Juan Soto hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday. The Astros jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning off Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

Cole had dominated in the AL playoffs, too.

Yet it was a further testament to an eternal truth about baseball: It doesn't matter what you do the whole season if you don't get it done in October.

Soto finished with three hits and a stolen base. Three days shy of his 21st birthday, the wunderkind left fielder also snared Michael Brantley's try for late, tying hit.

The MVP when Houston won its first crown in 2017, Springer set a record by connecting in his fifth straight Series game to make it 5-3 in the seventh. But reliever Daniel Hudson threw a fastball past rookie Yordan Alvarez with the bases loaded to end the inning.

In the eighth, Springer put a charge into a drive to deep right-center field, and it appeared as though he might've hit a tying, two-run homer. Springer took a couple hops out of the batter's box to watch, and had to settle for an RBI double when the ball hit off the glove of a leaping Adam Eaton.

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Heavily favored at the start, the 107-win Astros will try to get even Wednesday night when Verlander faces Stephen Strasburg in another matchup of aces.

Scherzer slipped in and out of trouble for five innings. But every time the stadium got rollicking, he found a way to get out of trouble. There's a reason ol' Max has won three Cy Young Awards.

Projected Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin threw a scoreless sixth for the Nationals. Springer connected off Tanner Rainey for his 14th career postseason home run before Hudson fanned Alvarez on three pitches.

Sean Doolittle retired Jose Altuve and Brantley to strand Springer at second in the eighth, then closed to give the Nationals their seventh straight victory and 17th in 19 games dating to their September playoff run.

The Nats had a week off after sweeping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series, and easily answered any worries about whether the layoff would result in rest or rust.

Leading the way was Soto, whose eighth-inning hit in the wild-card win over Milwaukee sent the Nationals on their path.

Fearless at the plate, he's already become one of those rare players -- like Springer -- who seems to turn pressure into production.

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Soto seemed overmatched when he fanned on Cole's 99 mph heater in the first inning. Turned out Soto -- the third-youngest player to bat cleanup in a World Series game after Ty Cobb (1907) and Miguel Cabrera (2003) -- was just getting warmed up.

Soto justified his place in the 4-spot, launching a leadoff drive in the fourth onto the train tracks to make it 2-all.

A while later, the ball was still resting there when the Nationals rallied. Eaton hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth and one batter later, Soto doubled with two outs for a 5-2 lead.

Zimmerman's long wait in Washington paid off when he hit the first World Series homer in Nationals history, connecting in the second. He was the first player drafted by the team, shortly after it moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

Cole instantly tossed his right arm in the air as the ball took off, knowing he wanted that pitch back.

Early on, something else stopped Cole: the big World Series logo painted on the field in foul territory. He steadfastly refused to step on it, taking a detour each time he traveled between the dugout and mound.

Yuli Gurriel ended a string of narrow escapes for Scherzer this month. Opponents had been 0 for 17 against him with runners in scoring position in the postseason before Gurriel's two-run double in the first.

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Ready for the World Series ? A somewhat unexpected matchup between the Astros and Nationals begins Tuesday night. Washington is chasing its first title since coming to town in 2005 while Houston seeks a second championship in three seasons. Who has the edge ? Let's look at three questions that

Hot Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros , face Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals in World Series opener . So I'm trying to deliver on that front." Because as we all know, heading into Tuesday night's opener between his Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals , this is when reputations are built

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Nationals: Strasburg was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the NL playoffs. He went 18-6 and set a career high for wins during the regular season. He's pitched once in Houston, throwing six scoreless innings in 2017.

Astros: Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five World Series starts. He got this far with Detroit in 2006 and 2012 and the Astros in 2017. Verlander led the majors with 21 wins this year and struck out 300.

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