PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 02: Rafael Montero #47, Bryan Abreu #52, Cristian Javier #53, Christian Vazquez #9 and Ryan Pressly #55 of the Houston Astros pose for a photo after pitching for a combined no-hitter to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 in Game Four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 02, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros used four pitchers to combine for a no-hitter of the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the 2022 World Series, a game Houston won 5-0. The best-of-seven series is now tied at two-games-a-piece. The series is now guaranteed to head back to Houston on Saturday night.

The no-hitter is the second no-hitter ever tossed in a World Series, the first being New York Yankees’ Don Larson’s perfect game against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Of course that was a perfect game, this was a combined no-hitter – the first of its kind in baseball postseason history.

Christian Javier, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressley combined to blank the Phils on Wednesday night.

For the Astros, the feat was their second combined no-no of the season, and Javier was involved in both games. Back on June 25, Javier tossed six no-hit innings en route to a combined no-no of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

In baseball this year, there have been four no-hitters, three of them the combined variety. Of course, Houston has two of them. The New York Mets used five pitchers to combine no-hit these same Philadelphia Phillies back on April 29. That night Tylor Megill was joined by Seth Lugo, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz and Joely Rodrigez to blank the Phils 3-0.

The only other no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season came on May 10, when LA Angels starter Reid Detmers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10.

The Astros cemented the game in the fifth inning when they plated four of their five runs in the inning. Yordan Alvarez took a Aaron Nola fastball off his back with the bases loaded to drive in the first run. Alex Bregman followed with a two-run double into the corner in right to make it 3-0 Houston. kyle Tucker launched a sac fly RBI to center to drive in Alvarez with the final run of the inning.

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