Grand day for Phillies in World Series win

Bryce Harper has hammered his sixth postseason home run as the Philadelphia Phillies tied a World Series record with five homers to rout the Houston Astros 7-0 and take a 2-1 series lead.

Brandon Marsh also homered, and Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins hit back-to-back shots in the fifth inning to chase Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr.

"I just thought we had a great approach," Harper said.

"We talked about it before the game, just trying to get on (McCullers) him early, trying to get on him often. He's really good. He's a really good postseason pitcher as well, and that's a really good team over there, so we had to jump on them early. We've got to keep it going for the next two days and do our job and hopefully end it here at home."

Harper, Alec Bohm, Marsh and the rest of the Phillies on the last team to qualify for the playoffs are two wins away from ending the season as the last team standing, and with their first World Series championship since 2008.

With a sparkling 6-0 record at Citizens Bank Park this postseason, the Phillies may not need to return to Texas.

"It's our fan base. I mean, plain and simple." Harper said.

"They keep us going, keep us fired up."

Bohm lined his first postseason homer - and the 1000th in World Series history - into the left field seats for a 3-0 lead.

McCullers allowed four homers to his first nine batters and went on to become the first pitcher to give up five home runs in a World Series game.

"I don't really get hit around like that, so I was a little bit in disbelief," McCullers said.

Philadelphia's Ranger Suarez, the scheduled Game 4 starter before Game 3 was postponed a day by rain, delivered with the performance of his career and shut down the big bats in the AL champions' line-up.

Among the highlights, he needed only two pitches to get the first two outs of the game and struck out Yordan Alvarez to end the first.