Jose Urquidy outpitched all those big-name aces who preceded him, the unheralded Houston rookie quieting the Washington bats.
Alex Bregman busted out of his slump with a go-ahead single in the first inning and a grand slam in the seventh, and the resurgent Astros routed the Nationals 8-1 Saturday night for a 2-all tie in the World Series.
"From the very beginning I thought he was calm, I thought he was in control of his stuff," Astros manager AJ Hinch said about Urquidy. "His fastball had a little extra life to it. It's had good life this postseason. And then he just came up with big pitch after big pitch."