When the bottom of the sixth inning began with a flyout from Braves pinch hitter Orlando Arcia, Baseball Savant gave the Astros a 79 percent chance of winning Saturday’s game.
And why not? The Astros had led since the first inning and added a run in the top of the fourth. This postseason, teams that scored first were 27-7.
But the Braves had some magic for their home crowd. After Austin Riley drove in a run later in that bottom of the sixth, Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh to put Atlanta on top. The bullpen did the rest as Luke Jackson and Will Smith pitched scoreless innings, and just like that, the Braves had won Game 4 3-2 and taken a 3-1 advantage in the World Series.
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The teams will play again Sunday in Game 5 (8:15 p.m. ET, Fox), with Atlanta having a chance to win its first title since 1995 in front of its fans.
Early on, this game felt as if it would be all Houston. The Braves, relying on a bullpen game because Game 1 starter Charlie Morton fractured his right fibula, turned to Dylan Lee to make his first MLB start. He did not last long; he loaded the bases with only one away, prompting manager Brian Snitker to turn to Kyle Wright in long relief. Wright allowed an RBI groundout to Carlos Correa but got the Braves out of the jam.
Wright gave up a solo home run to Jose Altuve in the fourth, but otherwise delivered a solid outing out of the bullpen, pitching 4 2/3 innings with just the one run allowed on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Houston was able to keep the Braves’ bats in check early behind a scoreless outing from Zack Greinke. He only allowed four hits — one in each of his four innings of work — with no walks, and he struck out three.
It wasn’t until the sixth that the Braves put a run on the board. With Eddie Rosario on second and Freddie Freeman on first with two out, Riley lined a single to left to drive in Rosario and then advanced to second on the throw home. The following inning, Swanson and Soler made history, becoming only the third teammates to hit the game-tying and go-ahead home runs in back-to-back fashion in World Series history.
Game-tying & go-ahead back-to-back HR in a World Series game:
2021 G4 Braves: Dansby Swanson & Jorge Soler
1981 G5 Dodgers, Pedro Guerrero & Steve Yeager
1928 G4 Yankees, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 31, 2021
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The Astros now have to win three straight to avoid the series loss. They will turn to Game 1 starter Framber Valdez in Game 5, while the Braves are likely headed toward another bullpen game.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from Braves vs. Astros in the 2021 World Series. Follow below for complete results from Game 4 on Saturday night:
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Braves vs. Astros live updates, highlights from 2021 World Series
11:57 p.m.: Alvarez grounds to first. The Braves lead the World Series 3-1.
11:53 p.m.: Bregman pops out to second. Two away.
11:53 p.m.: Brantley strikes out swinging. One away.
11:46 p.m. End of Eighth: Duvall pops out in foul territory. Will Smith is coming in to face the Astros needing three outs to put Atlanta up 3-1 in the series.
11:44 p.m.: d’Arnaud goes down swinging. Duvall up with two away.
11:40 p.m.: Pederson is hit on the foot, and the Braves now have runners on first and second with one away for d’Arnaud. Guillermo Heredia comes in to pinch run for Pederson.
11:35 p.m.: Riley goes down swinging for the first out.
11:31 p.m.: Albies lays off the breaking ball down and in on a full count for a leadoff walk.
11:26 p.m. End Top Eighth: Great snag by Rosario on the fly ball by Altuve saves an extra-base hit and ends the inning.
EDDIE ROSARIO ARE YOU SERIOUS?! pic.twitter.com/GD1LO2pNU4
— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2021
11:25 p.m.: Maldonado strikes out swinging for the second out.
11:22 p.m.: Diaz lines out to left field to start the eighth.
11:18 p.m.: The eighth inning starts with Luke Jackson pitching for Atlanta vs. pinch hitter Aledmys Diaz.
11:15 p.m. End of Seventh: Freeman strikes out swinging, but the Braves have flipped the script. Houston now has just six outs left in Game 4.
11:13 p.m.: Rosario strikes out swinging for the second out of the inning.
11:11 p.m.: Ryan Pressly comes in for Houston to face the top of the order.
11:07 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Braves go back-to-back. Soler with the deep shot to left to give Atlanta the lead. Braves lead 3-2.
AIR SOLER! @solerpower12 | #BattleATL pic.twitter.com/uDdo385pJo
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 31, 2021
11:05 p.m.: Jorge Soler comes in to pinch hit.
11:03 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Swanson with a deep drive to right that just gets over the top of the wall. Tie ball game. Braves tie the game at 2-2.
DANS💣 #BattleATL pic.twitter.com/AxyBWaNHdh
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 31, 2021
11:01 p.m.: Duvall goes down swinging for the first out in the bottom half of the seventh.
10:59 p.m.: Cristian Javier is the new pitcher in for Houston.
10:56 p.m. End Top Seventh: Gurriel flies out to right. The Astros have left 11 baserunners on base. The World Series record for the most runners left on base in a game is 15.
10:54 p.m.: First pitch to Tucker is lined out into left for a single.
10:53 p.m.: Correa grounds out to third, and Matzek is rolling in the seventh.
10:51 p.m.: Alvarez grounds out to short for the first out.
10:49 p.m.: Tyler Matzek is the new pitcher in for Atlanta.
10:46 p.m. End of Sixth: d’Arnaud is caught looking at strike three, and the Braves strand the bases loaded.
10:42 p.m.: Riley is ruled safe at second, and Pederson is intentionally walked. d’Arnaud will bat now with the bases loaded.
10:40 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Riley delivers a key RBI again. He doubles to left, scoring Rosario and moving Freeman up to third. Astros ask for review as to whether Riley was thrown out trying to go to second. Astros still lead 2-1.
10:37 p.m.: Albies strikes out swinging, and Riley will bat with two outs.
10:30 p.m.: Freeman lays off the low pitch on full count, and there are now runners on first and second with one out. Albies will bat against Phil Maton, who is coming in to replace Raley.
10:26 p.m.: Rosario lines a double down the right-field line, and the Braves have a runner in scoring position wit one out.
10:23 p.m.: Brooks Raley is the new pitcher for Houston. Orlando Arcia comes in to bat for Martin, and he swings at the first pitch and lines it to right for the first out. for the out.
10:20 p.m. End Top Sixth: Bregman grounds into a forceout as Swanson flips over to second to get Brantley.
10:19 p.m.: Brantley singles up the middle for a two-out hit.
10:18 p.m.: Altuve is caught looking at strike three.
10:15 p.m.: Chris Martin is the new pitcher for Atlanta, and his first pitch of the evening is lined directly to Albies off the bat of Gurriel for the first out.
10:08 p.m. End of Fifth: Swanson called out looking at a strike on the outside.
10:05 p.m.: Duvall flies out to left for the second out.
10:02 p.m.: d’Arnaud grounds out to second.
9:59 p.m.: Houston has to be happy with the effort it received from Greinke, who pitched four scoreless with just four hits and three strikeouts. New pitcher now is Ryne Stanek.
9:56 p.m. End Top Fifth: Astros strand two more baserunners in the top of the fifth as Marwin Gonzalez flies out to left.
9:52 p.m.: Gurriel is given the intentional walk.
9:51 p.m.: Tucker steals second, and after the throw goes into center, he moves up to third. Second straight night with an errant throw by d’Arnaud attempting to throw out a base-stealer.
9:49 p.m.: Tucker singles up the middle for a two-out single.
9:46 p.m.: Correa grounds out to short.
9:45 p.m.: The fifth inning begins with Alvarez going down swinging.
9:41 p.m. End of Fourth: Two straight innings of turning two for the Astros. Pederson grounds into a double play that ends the fourth.
9:39 p.m.: Riley singles up the middle as the Braves pick up their fourth hit against Greinke tonight.
9:35 p.m.: Batting right handed again against Greinke, Albies bounces out to Correa.
9:31 p.m. End Top Fourth: Strikeout by Bregman, but Altuve has now scored twice to help Houston out to an early two-run advantage.
9:29 p.m.: Brantley grounds one right at Freeman, who takes it to the bag himself.
9:28 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Altuve rockets one out to straightaway center for a 434-foot home run. Astros extend lead to 2-0.
ALTUVE HAS DONE IT AGAIN!
He crushes a solo shot to dead center to make it 2-0 @astros ! pic.twitter.com/mMVmFOku5i
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 31, 2021
9:27 p.m.: The fourth starts with a groundout by Maldonado to short.
9:22 p.m. End of Third: 4-6-3 double play for the Astros as Freeman grounds it to Altuve to get the inning-ender started.
9:19 p.m.: Rosario lines a base hit up the middle .
9:17 p.m.: Wright goes down swinging for the first out.
9:13 p.m. End Top Third: Another grounder up the middle by Greinke, but Albies is able to make the throw at first to just get him by a step and keep Houston off the board in the third.
9:10 p.m.: Tucker bounces it to Albies, who gets the force out at second, but the throw to first is too late to nab Tucker for the double play.
9:07 p.m.: Correa follows up the walk by singling on the first pitch he sees with a liner into left.
9:06 p.m.: The curveball from Wright doesn’t clip the outside part of the plate, and Alvarez is on with a walk.
9:04 p.m.: Wright in for his second full inning of work. He starts the frame off with a popout to short off the bat of Bregman.
9:00 p.m. End of Second: Swanson lines out to left as Greinke finishes his second scoreless inning.
8:59 p.m.: Adam Duvall goes swinging at a 3-0 pitch, and he’s on with a two-out single.
8:57 p.m.: Travis d’Arnaud is caught looking for Greinke’s second strikeout of the game.
8:55 p.m.: Joc Pederson starts off the bottom half of the second with a groundout to Correa in the shift.
8:50 p.m. End Top Second: Wright works around the back-to-back singles as he gets Brantley to bounce out to second.
8:49 p.m.: Incredible diving grab by Austin Riley at third, who snags the liner from Altuve.
No doubles with Austin Riley around. pic.twitter.com/xapnxfSM5W
— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2021
8:47 p.m.: Now the No. 9 hitter joins in as Martin Maldonado lines a base hit into right. Runners on first and second, one away.
8:46 p.m.: How’s that for the AL pitcher batting? Greinke singles on a grounder right up the middle.
Zack Greinke joins Babe Ruth as the only pitchers to hit above 9th in the lineup of a #WorldSeries game.
And he gets a base hit ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/GfhvF681ua
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 31, 2021
8:45 p.m.: Yuli Gurriel bounces one over to Freeman, who flips it on to Wright covering the bag for the out.
8:41 p.m. End of First: Austin Riley flies out to center to end the inning.
8:38 p.m.: Albies goes down swinging for the second out of the inning.
8:35 p.m.: Freddie Freeman gives the Braves a baserunner with a one-out single. Now Ozzie Albies is up and instead of batting left-handed, he will bat from the right side.
8:34 p.m.: Eddie Rosario lines out to center for the first out.
8:29 p.m. End Top First: Wright gets Kyle Tucker to go down swinging at a high fastball, and the Braves escape the inning trailing only 1-0.
8:25 p.m. Astros’ scoring play: Carlos Correa grounds out softly to third, but all the baserunners advance 90 feet and a run comes in to score. Astros take a 1-0 lead.
The @astros strike first in Game 4 as Correa drives in a run on the grounder. pic.twitter.com/xIkbc6MC9g
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 31, 2021
8:20 p.m.: Yordan Alvarez takes a walk to load the bases, and Lee’s night is over. Kyle Wright is coming in.
8:17 p.m.: Huge first out for Dylan Lee as he gets Bregman swinging on a low changeup.
8:14 p.m.: Fastball high to Michael Brantley, and the Astros now have runners on first and second with no one out.
8:11 p.m.: This game starts with a grounder by Jose Altuve into the hole. Dansby Swanson makes a play and throws it over to first, but Altuve reaches as Freddie Freeman’s foot was off the bag. Leadoff baserunner for the Astros.
7:30 p.m.: Here are the starting lineups for the Braves and Astros.
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— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 30, 2021
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— Houston Astros (@astros) October 30, 2021
7:00 p.m.: Already a big loss for Houston. Jason Castro is off the roster due to COVID-19 protocols. Garrett Stubbs will serve as the backup catcher for the remainder of the series.
News: #Astros catcher Jason Castro replaced on roster by catcher Garrett Stubbs due to COVID-19 protocols. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 30, 2021
World Series start time today
- Time: 8:09 p.m. ET
The World Series Game 4 first pitch between the Astros and Braves is set for 8:09 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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How to watch the 2021 World Series
- TV channel (U.S.): Fox
- TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
- Live stream: fuboTV
All the World Series games will be broadcast on Fox in the United States, and on Sportsnet in Canada. On the Fox broadcast, Joe Buck will handle play-by-play with John Smoltz providing analysis in the booth and reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci at field level.
Streamers can find the game on the Fox Sports Go app, or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial .
World Series schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Start time||TV channel|
|Tue., Oct. 26||Braves 6, Astros 2|
|Wed., Oct. 27||Astros 7, Braves 2|
|Fri., Oct. 29||Braves 2, Astros 0|
|Sat., Oct. 30||Braves 3, Astros 2|
|Sun., Oct. 31||Astros at Braves, Game 5||8:15 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Tue., Nov. 2||Braves at Astros, Game 6*||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Wed., Nov. 3||Braves at Astros, Game 7*||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
* If necessary.