HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Soto is a youngster going deep in the World Series.
Soto’s long solo homer in the fifth inning in Game 6 on Tuesday night was his third in the Series, and fifth this postseason.
The Nationals left fielder, whose 21st birthday was Friday on the same day as Game 3, broke a tie with Miguel Cabrera for the most home runs in a single postseason by a player younger than 22.
Soto will have a chance to add to that since Washington forced a Game 7 with the 7-2 win over the Houston Astros. His homer broke a 2-2 tie and put the Nationals ahead to stay.
Cabrera was a 20-year-old rookie for the 2002 World Series champion Marlins when he hit four homers that postseason. But only one of his long balls came in the World Series.
Soto, who also homered in Games 1 and 5, is only the fifth player 22 or younger to hit multiple homers in a World Series. The others were Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (four) and Jimmie Fox (two), and Tony Kubek (two) and Andruw Jones (two).
The Houston Astros won 107 games during the regular season to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
They are now heading into Game 7 of the World Series and haven’t won at home yet in the Fall Classic.
Their three-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park matches their longest at home this year — the Astros also lost three in a row from Sept. 10-12. They had a nine-game home losing streak in 2018.
FIRST 5-0 FINISH?
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg worked into the ninth inning to win in this World Series for the second time and improve to 5-0 this postseason.
With it being unlikely Strasburg would pitch in Game 7, he would become the first pitcher in big league history to ever go 5-0 in a single postseason.
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson was 5-1 for the Arizona…