Braves take Game 3.

Travis d’Arnaud homers in the eight to give the Braves a 2-0 lead in Game 3.

Well, that was fun.

While Games 1 and 2 had a lot of offense, it was all one-sided. Atlanta had Game 1 won by the third, Houston had Game 2 won by the third. All that was left in the final six innings of both those games was the paperwork.

Yesterday’s game was a taut, drama-filled game from the first inning until the final out. 

Houston didn’t have a hit until the eighth. But Atlanta had just one run. So that meant every at-bat, on both sides, was critical. 

The rain was falling the entire game. It was chilly. It was a typical winter day. 

Desperately needed a run late to give them a bit of breathing room after squandering a number of scoring opportunities early, Atlanta got a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. At that point, it felt like they blew the game wide open. It was 2-0. But Houston had a knack this post-season for scoring in the ninth.

Of course, they got a lead-off single in the top of the ninth to make every batter the tying run. And, of course, they had the heart of their order coming up.

This is what baseball is all about. Your best versus our best, let’s see who wins.

This time it was the Braves. They retired the next three Astros hitters to win Game 3 and take a 2-to-1 Series lead.

It’s just starting to get interesting.