Springfield’s Eaton clutch again as Nationals force Game 7 in World Series

Eaton leads Washington with .333 average in series

Springfield native Adam Eaton hit a game-tying solo home run in the fifth inning Tuesday as the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Houston Astros 7-2 in Game 6 of the World Series in Houston.

Game 7 is Wednesday night. The road team has won every game in the series.

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“We don't have anything to lose,” Eaton said before Game 6. “Let's be around each other one more day. Let's win another ball game and earn another spot to hopefully have a Game 7, which would be pretty remarkable and exciting for all of us in this room as well as in the clubhouses. I think it's just a pride thing, and we're proud to be here and I think we deserve to be here. We're going to put our best foot forward.”

Eaton, a 2007 Kenton Ridge graduate who played three seasons for the Miami RedHawks, went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a walk and was hit by a pitch. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt to help Washington score its first run in the first inning.

Eaton’s home run to right against Justin Verlander tied the game at 2-2. Juan Soto hit a home run two batters later to give the Nationals the lead.

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Eaton leads Nationals starters with a .333 average in the World Series. He’s tied for the team lead with seven runs scored and has driven in four runs. He has two home runs.

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