The 23-year-old dazzled the gang over 5 innings, strolling three and hanging out 4, as Atlanta hosted a World Collection sport for the primary time since 1999.
Anderson grew to become simply the second rookie to throw no less than 5 no-hit innings in a World Collection sport — the opposite being Jeff Tesreau in 1912.
Anderson was then pulled by Brian Snitker as he turned to the bullpen to begin the sixth inning.
Nonetheless, the choice was vindicated after a spotless night time for the Braves’ bullpen, with 4 scoreless innings, two hits and no walks. Nearer Will Smith picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.
“You need the prospect to compete, particularly on the most important stage like that is,” Anderson instructed reporters.
“I knew he wasn’t going to budge, it is exhausting to. You’ll be able to’t blame him for going to these guys. These guys time in and day out get it accomplished.
“And you realize they did it once more tonight.”
Houston starter Luis Garcia additionally pitched nicely, permitting just one run whereas hanging out six in 3.2 innings, however took the loss.
Relievers A.J. Minter and Luke Jackson carried the no-hitter into the eighth earlier than a bloop base hit off the bat of Aledmys Diaz in entrance of left fielder Eddie Rosario price the Braves an opportunity to grow to be the second group in World Collection historical past to throw a no-hitter.
Atlanta scored within the third when Austin Riley lashed an RBI double down the left subject line to attain Rosario.
The remainder of the night time was a one-run nail-biter, with Travis d’Arnaud offering much-needed insurance coverage with a 437-foot monster dwelling run to middle subject within the backside of the eighth to make it 2-0.
“I believe we did not swing it for one sport,” mentioned Astros infielder Alex Bregman. “I believe we flush it and transfer on to the subsequent day and have a brief reminiscence.
“You must on this sport. Give all of the credit score to them tonight. They pitched their tail off.”
The Corridor of Famer’s iconic No. 44 was etched onto the pitch and Hank Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Braves star Freddie Freeman.
“I received to hug Billye, you realize, and inform her how a lot I missed Hank,” mentioned an emotional Snitker.
Each groups are set to conflict once more with Recreation 4 set for Saturday night time.