Astros take series from Braves

Nando Correa homered and hit a double to lead Houston to a 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night in Atlanta. In a matchup of the top two teams in the majors,…

Astros take series from Braves

Nando Correa homered and hit a double to lead Houston to a 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night in Atlanta.

In a matchup of the top two teams in the majors, the Astros pulled within a game of the first-place Braves in the NL East and cut Atlanta’s lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Keone Kela (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning and Ryan Pressly struck out the side in the eighth. Brad Peacock worked a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

Both teams were without key players, with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. and Lucas Duda both out because of hamstring injuries.

Correa hit his 12th homer in the second inning, a two-run shot that put Houston ahead 3-2. He had a two-run double in the seventh.

National League MVP Jose Altuve was ejected in the third inning after missing first base on an infield single and loudly shouting at umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Dallas Keuchel (7-5) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings. Keuchel has never won a playoff game.

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