HOUSTON, TX– Alex Bregman delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-12 putting the Astros one win away from their first World Series championship in franchise history.
Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel combined for eight hits and 10 RBI for the Astros.
The Astros hit five home runs during the game, adding to the Dodgers two to give the series a total of 21 home runs over the five games, tying a World Series record. The last home run hit in the game was the 100th of the postseason, also tying the MLB postseason record for total home runs.
Cod Bellinger led the Dodgers with four RBI on two hits, including a three-run home run.
The game saw a total of three game-tying home runs in its 10 innings. The first came in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Dodgers leading 4-1. With runners on second and third, Gurriel jumped on a first-pitch slider out over the plate and drove it to left field for a three-run home run to knot the game at four. In the bottom of the fifth, after the Dodgers retook the lead on Bellinger’s home run, Altuve waited out a seven-pitch at bat and hit a three-run home run of his own to centerfield, evening the game at 7. The Astros once again had to comeback in the seventh inning as they trailed 8-7 until George Springer smacked a solo shot to spark a four-run inning. But the Dodgers would come back in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Early in the bottom of the 10th, it appeared that the game would be headed to an 11th inning as Kenley Jansen picked up two quick outs on nine pitches to start the inning. However, Brian McCann, who nearly hit a walk-off home run during his at bat, was hit by a pitch. Springer followed up by drawing a walk, and Derek Fisher was brought on as a pinch-runner for McCann. Bregman wasted no time with the opportunity, knocking the first pitch into left-centerfield and scoring Fisher to send the Houston faithful home happy.
The game lasted over five hours and was the second-longest game in World Series history behind game three of the 2005 World Series, a home game for the Astros against the Chicago White Sox. It was also the first time the Dodgers lost after holding a lead of four or more runs all season.
Game six will be Tuesday at 8:20 p.m. EST in Los Angeles. The pitching match-up is expected to be Justin Verlander for the Astros against Rich Hill for the Dodgers.