Bregman's blast lifts Astros over Yankees in ALCS Game 2

In the fifth inning, Framber  Valdez caught a slow-moving ground ball from Oswaldo  Cabrera, spun, and safely  lobbed the ball to first base.

A hesitant breath was given by practically all of the 41,700 spectators present at Minute  Maid Park. Valdez even gave himself permission to  smile a little.

He was, after all, about to pitch  the Houston Astros into the American League Championship Series' lead.

A once-dominant New York Yankees team that has since turned nearly undid the Astros  left-labor hander's of love with  an expensive fielding error.

This series is progressing  basically as anticipated thanks  to Valdez's strong seven innings and astute bullpen work, which secured a 3-2 Game 2 victory Thursday night:

The Astros are up 2-0 in the American League Championship Series and need to win two  out of three games at Yankee Stadium to defeat the Bombers and go to their fourth World Series in the last six years.

They are displaying the better roster depth developed by  players who have been a part  of this Yankees-Astros epic  trilogy since it began in 2017.

Place Alex Bregman in the  top group. In the third inning,  the third baseman hit a three-run home run off Luis Severino.

During a streak that started  with the Astros' now-disputable 2017 World Series victory, he hit his 14th playoff home run.

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