The Astros scored

The Astros scored four runs in the second inning of Friday’s Game 3 of the World Series en route to a 5-3 victory to take a 2-1 series lead.The Astros have now won all seven home games this postseason, with the next two games in Houston.Houston had the momentum from the beginning with Texans defensive endJ.J. Watt throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Friday on crutches to ignite Houston’s grateful fans after he set up a relief foundation following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.Here are three takeaways from Game 31. Astros have MLB’s deepest lineup George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa the team’s most potent hitters all bashed late home runs to secure a Game 2 win. Placed in between them in the order is 23-year-old Alex Bregman, who had another RBI Friday.Even if a pitcher can get through those four, Houston has a host of dangerous hitters waiting at the bottom of the order. Yuli Gurriel, Josh Reddick, Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann batting five through nine Friday all reached base at least once in Game 3. Reddick went 2for 4with tworuns scored. He has looked revitalized since moving down in the lineup.2. Lance McCullers Jr. hung tough; Brad Peacock savedbullpen McCullers ultimately allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, but two of them were in the sixth inning when he had alreadyleft the game with runners on base. McCullerslit up the Yankees with consistent curveballs, but went back to his fastball early Friday, which caught LA’s hitters off guard.McCullers walked the first three batters he faced in the third, but a timely double play helped him get out of the inning with just one run allowed. The Astros rotation has held up better than anticipated behind Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. McCullers’ rediscovered form is a big reason why.Peacock came in and closed out the game by to sing 3 2/3 scorele s innings with four strikeouts. Houston’s bullpen had struggled, so manager A.J. Hinch had to be pleased with Peacock’s dominance. The Houston crowd cheered on Peacock through the final out.”That was awesome,” Peacock told Fox Sports. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.”3. Yu Darvish pickedwrong time lose his form Darvish entered the night with just two earned runs in 11 1/3 innings this postseason, but he was pulled in the second inning after allowing four earned runs. Darvish lasted just 1 2/3 innings, marking the shortest start of his career. His previous low had been a three-inning outing against the Padres in September.Darvish never quite looked right in Game 3and he forced Dave Roberts to once again turn to his bullpen early. Kenta Maeda to sed 2 2/3 shutout innings, but Los Angeles needed alengthy outingto rest its bullpen.Highlight:Gurriel’s home run left the park in a hurry:Absolute laser. @el_yuly10 #EarnHistory Houston Astros (@astros) October 28, 2017The home run markedGurriel’s 17th postseason hit, which became the most in one postseason by aCuban-born player, breaking a tie with Bert Campaneris.What’s NextWorld Series Game 4: Saturday 8:20 p.m. ET atHouston The Astros will try to win their third straight game. Charlie Morton will take the mound in front of Houston’s raucous fans, trying to build on the six shutout innings he to sed in Game 7 of the ALCS. Los Angeles will try to stop the bleeding with Alex Wood.