The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros, 12-3, in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. Washington takes a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and will host Game 3 in D.C. on Friday night. Going up against potential Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, the Nationals broke Game 2 wide open with a six-run seventh inning.
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzkuki hit the go-ahead home run -- a solo shot off Verlander -- in the seventh inning, and the Nats tacked on five more runs in the frame to turn a 2-2 tie into an 8-2 lead. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg picked up his fourth win of the postseason after he threw six innings.
The Nationals are on an eight-game October winning streak and haven't lost since NLDS Game 3 vs. the Dodgers. Road teams that take a 2-0 lead have gone on to win the World Series 77 percent of the time. And, the last 11 MLB teams to take a 2-0 lead have gone on to win the title, including the 2018 Red Sox.
The United States' most decorated women's gymnast ever, Simone Biles, has staked her claim for the greatest first pitch in World Series history with a backflip plus twist that got her hometown Houston crowd going.