The Washington Nationals were pegged back in the first World Series game in the US capital since 1933, losing 4-1 to the Houston Astros in game three.
His replacement Fernando Rodney, the oldest active player in the majors at 42, prevented any further damage after three walks and a stolen base had loaded the bases for Houston after Chirinos’ homer.
But the Astros bullpen shut out the hosts for the last four innings to record their first win of the series.
Game four is on Saturday evening (01:00 BST on Sunday) when the Astros, lacking a traditional fourth starter on their roster, will utilise a “bullpen game”, sharing out duties between their relievers.
|World Series results & schedule (home team listed first)|
|Game 1: Houston 4-5 Washington – report|
|Game 2: Houston 3-12 Washington – report|
|Game 3: Washington 1-4 Houston|
|Game 4: at Washington, Saturday 26 October (01:00 BST, Sun 27 Oct)|
|Game 5: at Washington, Sunday 27 October (00:00 GMT, Mon 28 Oct)|
|Game 6*: at Houston, Tuesday 29 October (00:00 GMT, Wed 30 Oct)|
|Game 7*: at Houston, Wednesday 30 October (00:00 GMT, Thu 1 Nov)|
|*Games 6-7 if required; US clocks do not change until 3 November|