Astros Win a Wild Game 5 in Walk-Off Fashion to Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Houston Astros won a see-saw World Series Game 5 by a score of 13-12. In a marquee matchup of Clayton Kershaw vs. Dallas Keuchel, the game had the makings of an exciting pitching duel. That simply did not happen. The Dodgers roughed up Keuchel in the first after a Logan Forsythe single that brought in Chris Taylor and Justin Turner.

Later, Keuchel's pickoff attempt led to Forsythe swiping second. That led to Kike Hernandez to score, and the Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Austin Barnes piled on in the 4th after a RBI single knocked, which knocked in Forsythe to increase Los Angeles' lead to 4. Keuchel didn't make it out of the inning - Luke Gregerson replaced.

The Astros had their own fun in the 4th. Carlos Correa doubled to hit in George Springer, while Jose Altuve moved to third. But, it was Yuli Gurriel who cleared the bases after his 3-run shot to left center that tied it at 4.

More madness ensued in the 5th. Cody Bellinger put the Dodgers back in front after a 3-run blast to right center. In the bottom half, the Astros gave Kershaw trouble, and was soon replaced by Kenta Maeda. The relief effort didn't help matters as Jose Altuve smacked a 3-run homer to tie the game yet again. 

The see-saw battle continued in the 7th. Cody Bellinger slapped a linedrive to center, where Springer attempted a dive, but completely whiffed. Bellinger logged a triple, while bringing in Kike Hernandez to put Los Angeles up 8-7. In the bottom half, the Astros countered in fine fashion: both Springer and Correa homered and opened an 11-8 Astros lead.

Into the 8th, the Dodgers fought back. Corey Seager hit a clutch double to score Joc Pederson - tightening the deficit to just two. Chris Devenski came in relief to stifle any further Dodger comeback. In the bottom half, Brian McCann hit a solo shot to widen the lead back to 3.

The 9th inning didn't lack its drama, either. Yasiel Puig hit a 2-run liner to cut the deficit to one. Alex Barnes followed-up with a one out line-drive double. Chris Taylor then slapped a single up the middle to send in Barnes and tie the game. The Astros went scoreless in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings. After a scoreless top of the 10th, Alex Bregman knocked in Derek Fisher to seal the deal.

Game 6 will be in Los Angeles Tuesday night at 8:20 pm ET on FOX.

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