Astros pitch combined no-hitter to defeat the Phillies in Game 4 of the World Series

Getty Images

The Houston Astros pitched the second ever World Series no-hitter, and the first since 1956, in their 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Wednesday's Game 4.

Starting pitcher Cristian Javier was the star of the show, opening the game with six shutout innings, allowing no hits and two walks in his 97 pitches.

Despite his bright start, the Astros threatened to leave him hanging without run-support as they began the fifth inning tied at 0-0, but an offensive explosion put them in the driver's seat.

The first five Astros batters of the fifth inning all reached base, with three consecutive singles to load the bases. That led to Yordan Alvarez driving in a run with a hit-by-pitch, before Alex Bregman made it 3-0 with a two-run double, marking the end of Aaron Nola's night on the mound for the Phillies.

They were not finished there, with a Kyle Tucker sacrifice-fly and a Yuli Gurriel RBI single capping a five-run inning.

After Javier was withdrawn from the game to begin the seventh frame, Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero and Ryan Pressly were given an inning each to close the show, and did so, combining to allow just one baserunner through a walk in the ninth inning.

The Astros finished with 10 hits in the contest, including two to rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena, and two to Gurriel.

With the win, the Astros have tied the series at 2-2. Game 5 will remain in Philadelphia, before the series heads back to Houston for Game 6, and Game 7 if necessary.