Jose Altuve ties Bernie Williams in postseason homers with 22

HOUSTON — Jose Altuve won’t stop tormenting Yankees fans.

His seventh-inning homer off Drew Smyly in the Astros’ 7-2 victory over Atlanta in World Series Game 2 on Wednesday night was the 22nd postseason home run of his career, tying him with Bernie Williams for second on the all-time list.

Manny Ramirez has the record with 29.

It came in the same postseason in which Altuve also passed Derek Jeter on the list, as Jeter hit 20 playoff homers in his career — a point Altuve made after the game.

Altuve said he’d seen Williams play a lot growing up.

“Great hitter, obviously,’’ Altuve said.

“It means a lot to me,’’ he said of the accomplishment. “It makes me keep going out there, hitting homers to help my team, to keep accomplishing things like this. As long as we win, everything’s good.”

Altuve entered Game 2 in a 2-for-26 slide in his previous six games.

Jose Altuve

Asked how Altuve was able to brush off the slump, Houston manager Dusty Baker said, “Well, he’s good. Well, he’s good. When you’re good, you’ve just got to — I don’t know. That’s what professionals do. When you know you can play, you have to. I mean, you have no choice. My dad used to tell me it’s OK to get down, just don’t stay down. So he didn’t stay down.”

It was Altuve’s fourth of this postseason, but he entered Wednesday hitless in his previous two games (0-for-9).

“For me, the stats and playoffs don’t matter because you’re winning,’’ Altuve said. “You can be 0-for-20, but what about if you get the big hit? So that’s what the playoffs is about. I don’t care I went 0-for-5 [Tuesday]. I show up [Wednesday], try to get good pitches to hit, and I’m glad that I’m helping my team to win.”

The Braves replaced Charlie Morton on their roster with left-handed pitcher Tucker Davidson on Wednesday after Morton was ruled out for the remainder of the World Series with a fractured fibula.

Morton took a line drive from Yuli Gurriel off his lower right leg in the bottom of the second in Game 1 on Tuesday. The right-hander remained in the game and got the final two outs of that inning and then struck out Altuve to open the bottom of the third.

On his final pitch, Morton stumbled on the mound and left the game and X-rays showed the fracture.

Davidson, 25, made four starts for the Braves earlier in the season, but missed much of the season with left forearm inflammation. He made four minor league rehab starts to close out the regular season.

Ian Anderson is scheduled to start for Atlanta in Game 3 on Friday, against Houston rookie Luis Garcia at Truist Park, where the Braves have won 10 of their last 11 games, including their last five.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker praised his team’s infield defense before Game 2.

“These guys have been unbelievable,’’ Snitker said. “These guys have been so steady….

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