21st birthday at World Series no piece of cake for star Soto

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve talks to Washington Nationals' Juan Soto before Game 3 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Will Newton, Pool)

WASHINGTON, DC – Juan Soto found that playing in the World Series on his birthday was no piece of cake.

The Washington star outfielder turned 21 on Friday, and the party took place at Nationals Park with about 40,000 of his closest friends in attendance for Game 3 against the Houston Astros.

Over the first two games, Soto went 4 for 7 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.

"He's been really good," manager Dave Martinez said. "I just hope he hits at the age of 21."

Alas, the Birthday Boy had a rough night at the plate and in the field, and the Astros held a celebration of their own with a 4-1 victory to cut Washington's lead to 2-1.

"It doesn't matter. There's another day, another baseball game," Soto said. "It's just business. I'm still happy it's my birthday, and tomorrow's another day. We'll come in, play baseball and try to enjoy."

Before the game, former sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz presented Soto with a cake near home plate prior to batting practice.

Then, Soto was serenaded with "Happy Birthday" by fans in left field while warming up for the second inning. He tipped his cap in return.