The situation looked dire for the Houston Astros’ World Series chances when they headed to the nation’s capitol down 0-2 in the series to the red-hot Washington Nationals.

But, now it’s 2-2 after Saturday’s 8-1 victory, and the Astros have handed the Nationals as many losses in the past two games as they had in their previous 20 — and in their home park, no less. And, Game 4 was a critical turning point for the Astros, who had a breakout offensive performance and had an unlikely standout on the mound.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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