Schwarber HR off Verlander ends Astros’ no-hitter streak in WS

Philadelphia Phillies' Kyle Schwarber watches his home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series of Baseball between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber watches his home run against Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series of Baseball between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber suddenly ended Houston’s pitching no-hitter streak.

Schwarber hit Justin Verlander’s second pitch in Game 5 of the World Series on Thursday night, a day after four Astros pitchers combined on a no-hitter against Philadelphia.

The Astros had held the Phillies without a hitter for 11 innings dating back to Game 3, matching the longest playoff streak set by the New York Yankees in 1939. Philadelphia batters were 0 for 36 during that span. .

Schwarber started down first with a liner in the right field seats. He tied Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins for the most career playoff home runs with three.

It was a bruising start for Verlander, who started the day 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight World Series starts.

Cristian Javier and three Houston relievers combined to shut out the Phillies on Wednesday night.

Phillies wide receiver JT Realmuto says manager Rob Thomson didn’t dwell on the no-hitter drought after a 5-0 loss that tied the World Series at two games apiece.

“I think he mentioned, hey, the last time we weren’t hit, we turned around and won the next day. It’s a pretty simple message, but it speaks for itself,” Realmuto said ahead of Game 5.

Philadelphia was untouched by five New York Mets pitchers in late April, and the then-struggling Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi in early June.

Houston’s combined performance marked the third no-hitter in playoff history, including two at Citizens Bank Park.

In 2010, Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw a gem against Cincinnati in the NL Division Series. In the next game, Brandon Phillips homered for the Reds to take the lead from first.

Don Larsen pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn. In the next game, Duke Snider chose with two outs in the first.

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Naomi C. Amerson