Riley, Wright lead Braves past Astros 6-2 in Series rematch

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Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley gestures as he runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the third Inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

By GEORGE HENRY

ATLANTA (AP) — Austin Riley hit a three-run homer off Lance McCullers Jr., Kyle Wright won his 15th game to tie for the NL lead, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 6-2 in the teams’ first meeting since last year’s World Series. The defending champion Braves have won 10 of 11 and are 51-20 since June 1, best in the majors over that span.

Houston left fielder Yordan Alvarez left the game in two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

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He reported feeling ill and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Wright allowed two runs in six innings in his first start since Aug. 10.