Astros Win Thrilling Game 5 in Walk-Off Fashion to Take World Series Lead

Astros Win Thrilling Game 5 in Walk-Off Fashion to Take World Series Lead

HOUSTON -- How best to explain what happened in Houston on Sunday night? In the span of 10 innings played over five hours under the roof at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers crammed a week's worth of drama into a Game 5 that stretched the bounds of credulity.

Villains morphed into heroes. Heroes turned into goats and then became heroes again. Baseball's best pitcher looked mortal, its best hitter utterly infallible. Two mini-controversies that disrupted the Series converged in one swing of the bat.

And the home runs? Did we mention the home runs? There were seven of them, for the record, including two tying three-run shots in back-to-back innings by Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve.

The Astros overcame 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7 deficits. The Dodgers rallied from an 11-8 hole, tying the score in the ninth inning when they were down to their final out. And it ended as only it could, with Alex Bregman punching a single to left field to score pinch runner Derek Fisher and give the Astros a 13-12 victory in the final game played in Houston this season.

It was sheer bedlam everywhere you looked.

Led by their homegrown superstar trio of Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer, the Astros head back to Los Angeles, where on Tuesday night they will try to clinch the first world championship in their 55-year-old franchise's history. And the Dodgers? They will need every bit of the next two days to regroup from as devastating a gut punch as a team can possibly have and still be alive in October.

In addition to the deficits they faced, the Astros overcame a poor start by lefty Dallas Keuchel, who was lights-out at home for much of the past three years until he laid an egg at the worst possible time. After Game 4, Correa joked that the Astros could solve their bullpen problems by scoring 10 runs. They did two better, with six of those runs coming in only 4 2/3 innings against Dodgers ace lefty Clayton Kershaw.

 

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