Tuesday, November 30

World Series: Braves’ big mistake puts Game 2 out of reach

HOUSTON – Ron Washington barely remembered how to have the conversation. When shortstop Dansby Swanson trotted up to him, head down, after a catastrophic second inning that lost Atlanta’s Game 2 of the World Series, 7-2, it had been nearly a month since an Atlanta infielder ruined a play that mattered.

Swanson had cushioned a groundout in Game 1, but Atlanta was already up 5-0 at the time. The circumstances were most dire on Wednesday. Lefty Max Fried, the team’s remaining bulwark arm after Charlie Morton broke his right fibula during Game 1, had allowed a run in the first but was beginning to calm down. With the game tied at 1, Fried struck out the Astros’ Carlos Correa to start the second.


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