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World Series: Astros Win Epic Walk-Off In 10th

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The 2017 World Series has been one epic game after another and on Sunday night both teams did not disappoint as the Houston Astros outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in a wild and insane 10th inning come from behind victory. The Astros now have a 3-2 lead in the series, with Game 6 shifting back to L.A. on Tuesday night.

The series which looked to be a battle of the pitching staffs, has been more a battle of who will hit the most home runs. In all so far, the Astros and Dodgers have the record with the most home runs (22) in a World Series, and there is still one game and possibly two to go.

On Sunday night the scoring started with the Dodgers taking an early 3-0 lead in the 1st after a bases loaded RBI single from Logan Forsythe, scoring Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, while moving Enrique Hernandez to third. Then Forsythe stole second and a throwing error allowed Hernandez to score the third run of the inning.

After a scoreless 2 1/2 innings, the Dodgers added a run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single off the bat of Austin Barnes, scoring Forsythe to put the Dodgers up 4-0.

But in this series, no team has been out of any game, even if they have trailed, as the Astros proved that point when they added a four-spot in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.

George Springer walked to open the frame. Then after Alex Bregman flight out to left, Jose Altuve hit a line drive single to left, moving Springer to second. Carlos Correa singled scoring Springer and sending Altuve to third. Next batter Yuli Gurriel, who was suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season for his offensive gesture against Yu Darvish in Gme three, hit a three run home run over the left field fence tying the game, and sending the Astros fans into pure pandemonium. But this game was far from being over in the rns category.

In the top of the fifth, the Dodger re-took the lead after a three run home run off the bat of Cody Bellinger, scoruing Corey Seager and Turner to extend the lead to 7-4.

The Astros once again tied the game when Altuve launched a three run shot over the center field fence, scoring Springer and Bregman to tie the game at 7-7.

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In the seventh, Turner led off the inning with a double, but was caught at third trying to advance after a ground ball off the bat of Hernandez. But next batter Bellinger tripled home a run with a line drive to left field.

The Astros answered right back with another four runs in their half of the seventh on a monster blast from Springer, an RBI double from Altuve and a two run blast off the bat of Carlos Correa to give the Astros their first lead at 11-8.

In the eighth, Seager pulled the Dodgers with two runs at 11-9, with a double scoting Joc Pederson.

The scoring barrage continued for the ‘Stros in the bottom of the frame, as Brian McCann hit Houston’s 13th home run of the series, extending the lead to 12-9.

The Dodgers had one rally left in them as they scored three runs in the ninth, tying the game at 12-12 and forcing the game into extra innings. Yasiel Puig hit a one handed two run shot, the 22 home run of the series for both teams, and ninth for the Dodgers. Then Taylor tied the game with a two-out single scoring Barnes.

After a two-out double by Gurriel in the bottom of the ninth, the Astros failed to drive him sending the game into the 10th.

The Dodger Andre Etheir singled with one out, but was stranded on base as the Dodger’s failed to take the lead.

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In the bottom of the 10th, McCann was hit by a pitch with two outs. Springer was then walked, moving McCann to second. Derek Fisher replaced McCann as a pinch runner and scored ahead of a Bregman single, plating the winning run in a wild, epic, record breaking Game 5 victory.

The Series now heads to L.A. with the Astros looking to close of the World Series, and the Dodgers hoping to push it to a Game 7.

Justin Verlander will take the ball for the Astros, as Rich Hill looks to shut down the explosive Houston offense.



David Conde
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