Phillies Steal Game 1 on J.T. Realmuto’s 10th-Inning Home Run

Phillies Steal Game 1 on J.T. Realmuto’s 10th-Inning Home Run

J.T., Phillies catcher Realmuto launched a 346-foot home run to right field in the 10th inning on Friday night to lift Philadelphia to a 6-5 victory and a 1-0 World Series lead over the Astros.

Houston led 5-1 behind two Kyle Tucker homers in the first three innings. The Phillies refused to give up on Justin Verlander, Houston’s ace. The Phillies won the game with a three-run fourth and a two-run fifth on a Realmuto single. Verlander was then thrown out at the plate.

From there, the game remained scoreless in the late innings until the Realmuto bomb broke the tie in the 10th. Houston made things interesting in the home half of the 10th after third baseman Alex Bregman hit a one-out double off Phillies closer David Robertson.

Robertson wasn’t at his best, but he persevered to secure the victory for Philadelphia. After striking out Tucker, Robertson walked Astros’ first baseman Yuli Guriel and then threw an wild pitch.

With the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second, Robertson forced a groundout. In a thrilling opening game to the Fall Classic, the Astros let one slip at home and lost home field advantage against the visiting Phillies.

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