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Phillies edge Astros in Game 1 on J.T. Realmuto’s 10th-inning homer

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto rounds the bases after hitting a homer in Game 1 of the World Series. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON — Magic wrestled pedigree in Game 1 of the World Series on Friday night, a clash of the preternatural Philadelphia Phillies and grizzled Houston Astros. A team loaded with October experience collided with a team graced by that mysterious October serendipity that even the data cannot explain. And for more than four grueling hours and nine unpredictable innings, the game couldn’t seem to decide which should force should prevail.

Not until the top of the 10th, when Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto sent an opposite-field homer beyond the outreached glove of early-innings hero Kyle Tucker did fate seem to make up its mind. And by the time David Robertson worked through the heart of the Astros’ order in the bottom of the inning, the evening’s verdict was clear: For one night at least, the Phillies — in other words, the vibes — won out, 6-5. The Astros lost for the first time this postseason.