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One Last Gerrit Cole Gem for Astros Caps Disastrous Day for Nationals

The fifth game of the 2019 World Series was supposed to be an epic, earth-rumbling rematch between aces Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer.

But once the Washington Nationals had to make Scherzer a late scratch because of neck spasms, Game 5 played out precisely as expected. Cole pitched brilliantly and the Houston Astros rolled to a 3-2 series lead with an effortless 7-1 victory at Nationals Park.

Houston's offense mostly came courtesy of slump-busting two-run homers by Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa off Nationals emergency starter Joe Ross, plus another by George Springer off closer Daniel Hudson.