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Back-to-back homers put Braves on brink of World Series win over Astros

The Atlanta Braves are one win away from a World Series win over the Houston Astros.
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Houston Astros relief pitcher Cristian Javier reacts after giving up a home run to Atlanta Braves' Jorge Soler during the seventh inning in Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and pinch-hitter Jorge Soler hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, propelling the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros and a three games to one lead in the World Series.

Game 5 is Sunday night.

The Braves can wrap up the title on their home field, just as they did two stadiums ago when they beat the Cleveland Indians in 1995.

Swanson’s one-out drive made it 2-all and Soler followed with a liner to left field off reliever Cristian Javier.

The Braves spilled out of the dugout when Soler connected, and the crowd erupted at Truist Park.

The Astros missed a lot of chances to score early, and it came back to cost them. After the game, Astros' manager Dusty Baker said he may make adjustments in the lineup. 

"They’ve been playing us tough. They’ve been playing us real tough," said  Baker. "We’ve got to win tomorrow.  We’ve had our back to the walls before. Our guys know what to do.  I mean, there’s not a whole lot to be said. We know what we have to do. We have to win tomorrow."

Baker also credited the Braves' pitching, which has held the Astros mostly in check through two games, only giving up two runs since the series shifted to Atlanta.

"I’ve said it many times. Good pitching beats good hitting.  And then when you don’t hit, they say, ‘What’s wrong’ and they’ve been pitching good against us," he said. "They’ve been pitching great against us."

Jose Altuve homered and scored both runs for Houston.  His fourth-inning home run Saturday gave him 23 career postseason home runs, second all-time behind Manny Ramirez.

Game recap in Spanish

Los Bravos de Atlanta vencieron a los Astros de Houston en el Juego 4 de la Serie Mundial con sendos cuadrangulares

Game updates and highlights

Atlanta 3, Houston 2

In the next at-bat after Dansby Swanson's homer, Jorge Soler homered to left to give the Braves the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Houston 2, Atlanta 2

Dansby Swanson homered to right to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Houston 2, Atlanta 1

Austin Riley drove in a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Astros' lead in half.

Houston 2, Atlanta 0

Greinke was pulled after four innings of shutout work. Ryne Stanek came on in relief and worked a clean fifth inning.

Houston 2, Atlanta 0

In the top of the fourth inning, Jose Altuve homered to center to double the Astros' lead.

Houston 1, Atlanta 0

Zack Greinke singled in the top of the second inning. It was the first hit by a pitcher in the World Series since 2016.

Houston 1, Atlanta 0

Jose Altuve opened the game with an infield single in the top of the first inning. Michael Brantley then walked, bringing up Alex Bregman, who struck out swinging. Yordan Alvarez walked, loading the bases and ending Lee's night. Kyle Wright came on in relief for the Braves. Carlos Correa grounded out, scoring Altuve for the first run of the game.

Pregame nuggets

5:49 p.m. - Jason Castro has been ruled out of Game 4 due to MLB's COVID-19 protocols.

RELATED: Astros catcher Jason Castro out for World Series Game 4 due to COVID-19 protocols

5:25 p.m. - Game preview in Spanish.

3:34 p.m. - Weather could be a factor in Game 4.

3:01 p.m - The Astros and Braves announced their lineups:

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