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Dodgers-Astros World Series G5: In Real Life

October 29, 2017

The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 13-12, in 10 innings in Game 5 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV on Sunday night in Houston. The Astros lead the best-of-seven Series, 3-2.MLB.com was on the scene at Minute Maid Park.1:40 a.m. ET: What a game! Bregman delivers final blow After

The Astros defeated the Dodgers, 13-12, in 10 innings in Game 5 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV on Sunday night in Houston. The Astros lead the best-of-seven Series, 3-2.
MLB.com was on the scene at Minute Maid Park.
1:40 a.m. ET: What a game! Bregman delivers final blow
After Brian McCann was hit by a pitch and George Springer drew a two-out walk against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning, Alex Bregman hit a walk-off RBI single to end a back-and-forth battle in Game 5 that lasted five hours and 17 minutes.

1:01 a.m. ET: Wild game just gets wilder in 9th
Of course this wasn't over. Not this game. Not on this night.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer off Chris Devenski in the top of the ninth, and Chris Taylor singled home the game-tying run to knot things at 12-12. And with that, one of the wildest World Series games in history is headed to the bottom of the ninth.

12:05 a.m. ET: Let's get nuts! Teams trade blows in epic 7th
The Dodgers took their third lead of the night in the seventh inning. Like each of the others, it didn't last long.
Half an inning after George Springer misplayed a Cody Bellinger hit into a go-ahead, RBI triple, Springer responded with a game-tying solo homer off Brandon Morrow. Pitching for the fifth time in five games this Series, Morrow then allowed a single to Alex Bregman, a go-ahead RBI double to Jose Altuve and a two-run homer to Carlos Correa.
It's Astros 11, Dodgers 8 entering the eighth inning. And this game is far from over.

10:51 p.m. ET: Altuve's game-tying shot adds to wild Game 5
The Astros can't stop hitting game-tying home runs. An inning after Yuli Gurriel sent his three-run shot flying over the fence, Jose Altuve erased another three-run deficit with a homer off Kenta Maeda.
Altuve came to the plate after Clayton Kershaw departed with two outs in the fifth, walking the final two batters he faced. As Maeda warmed, fans serenaded Altuve with chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!" The Astros second baseman then sent them into a frenzy with a three-run shot to center field, tying things at 7-7.

10:30 p.m. ET: Cody comes through
Remember Game 2, when the Dodgers and Astros couldn't stop homering during a tense final three innings? They're at it again in Game 5. Minutes after Yuli Gurriel's homer tied things for the Astros, Cody Bellinger belted a three-run shot in the fifth to give the Dodgers back the lead.
Bellinger, 22, became the 13th different player to homer in the Series, tying the record for a single Fall Classic, and the youngest to go deep since Jose Cabrera in 2003. More importantly for the Dodgers, he looks fully removed from his 0-for-13 slide to open the Series, which included an 0-for-4 night in Game 3.
It's Dodgers 7, Astros 4 in the middle of the fifth. And yes, Clayton Kershaw is still on the mound for Los Angeles.

10:10 p.m. ET: Gurriel's blast flips script
Yuli Gurriel just flipped Game 5 upside-down, slamming a first-pitch Clayton Kershaw slider off the wall -- the back wall, mind you, above the Crawford Boxes -- in left field for a game-tying homer in the bottom of the fourth. Minute Maid Park has not been this loud all weekend.
The rally began as so many do, with a leadoff walk. Kershaw then gave up a single to Jose Altuve and an RBI double to Carlos Correa, who narrowly slid safely into second base. Following a 75-second replay review to confirm that call at second, Gurriel jumped on Kershaw's first pitch to knot things up, 4-4.
It's a brand new ballgame heading to the fifth.

9:45 p.m. ET: LA backs cruising Kershaw, KOs Keuchel
That's all for Dallas Keuchel, who allowed three more hits and a run on Austin Barnes' RBI single in the fourth. Keuchel lasted just 3 2/3 innings, handing the bullpen a 4-0 deficit.
Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw is cruising. Three scoreless innings to open the game lowered Kershaw's postseason ERA to 2.70 since his National League Division Series Game 5 save last year against the Nationals, perhaps putting to rest the narrative of his playoff struggles.
It will be interesting to see how Astros manager A.J. Hinch deploys his bullpen for the rest of the night, knowing he'll need his top arms fresh for Games 6 and 7.


8:40 p.m. Dodgers give Kershaw quick cushion
As in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, Clayton Kershaw took the mound with a lead before ever throwing a pitch, this time thanks to a three-run Dodgers rally off Dallas Keuchel in the top of the first. After Keuchel loaded the bases on a hit and two walks, John Forsythe delivered a two-out, two-run single to open the scoring.
Keuchel subsequently caught Forsythe off first base with a pickoff throw, but the relay throw from Yuli Gurriel to second forced Jose Altuve off the bag. That allowed Enrique Hernandez to score a third Dodgers run, after the Astros unsuccessfully challenged the safe call at second.
And it allowed Kershaw to take the mound with a 3-0 lead.

8:15 p.m. ET: Presidents set stage for Game 5
Two of the United States' five living former Presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, shared the ceremonial first-pitch honors before Game 5 at Minute Maid Park. The elder Bush presented a baseball to his son, who threw to Astros pitcher Justin Verlander behind home plate. Then the younger Bush handed a microphone to his father, who drew a roar from the crowd when he said: "Houston, let's play ball!"
With that, World Series Game 5 began, pitting Clayton Kershaw against Dallas Keuchel. It's a big one. Teams that go up 3-2 in best-of-seven series have gone on to win them 69 percent of the time.


8 p.m. ET: Practice is over, it's time for the real thing
The batting cages are moved off the field as Game 5 is set to get going at Minute Maid Park.
Gif: Houston grounds crew puts cage away
7:40 p.m. ET: Be a good sport
Members of the 76ers pose with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred at Minute Maid Park before Game 5.

7:32 p.m. ET: True blue
Dodgers fans travel well, and they're ready to make their presence felt in Game 5.

7:12 p.m. ET: Can't beat the street
The party is in full swing at the Postseason Street Festival outside Minute Maid Park.

7:00 p.m. ET: Maid to measure
The Houston faithful fill up Minute Maid Park for its last game of the season.

6:57 p.m. ET: Process fervor
Philadelphia 76ers stars Robert Covington and Joel Embiid are on the same team when they're on the hardwood, but allegiances change on the diamond.


6:42 p.m. ET: Corey hotline
Corey Seager, who's recorded at least one hit in three of the four Fall Classic games so far, warms up before Game 5.

6:36 p.m. ET: Not his first Rodeo
Houston-based rapper/producer Travis Scott, whose upcoming album is appropriately titled "Astroworld," is in the house for Game 5.

6:32 p.m. ET: Spring forward
George Springer broke out in a big way with his game-winning homer in Game 2, and he went deep again in Game 4 for his third long ball of the postseason.

6:27 p.m. ET: No train, no gain

6:13 p.m. ET: Wild stallions
Two of Budweiser's finest Clydesdales drink in the nice weather outside Minute Maid Park.

5:42 p.m. ET: A-Gon but not forgotten
Injuries may have kept Adrian Gonzalez from playing this postseason, but they haven't dampened his enthusiasm for the Dodgers' title quest.

5:29 p.m. ET: We want a batter
Justin Verlander takes his cuts in the cage ahead of his Game 6 start back in Los Angeles on Tuesday.


4:40 p.m. ET: Game 5 lineups announced
Both clubs tweaked their lineups from Game 1, which featured the same pitching matchup as tonight. The big change for the Dodgers came defensively: Justin Turner will start at designated hitter rather than third base after taking a grounder off his left calf in Game 4.That sends a ripple effect through the Dodgers' positional arrangement. With Turner at DH, Logan Forsythe will slide over from second base to third base, and Charlie Culberson will start at second.
The Astros will run out the same lineup that they used in Game 4 against another Los Angeles left-hander, Alex Wood. Josh Reddick will also hit higher in the order against Kershaw than he did in Game 1, when he batted eighth. More >

3:54 p.m. ET: Literal love
Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve have only been teammates since Aug. 31, but now they're bros for life. That kind of thing happens when you win the pennant.

3:10 p.m. ET: Wall to wall entertainment
Houston native Paul Wall will perform at the Astros' last Postseason Street Festival of the year. It starts in less than an hour outside Minute Maid Park!

2:19 p.m. ET: Where's the beef?
It's rare to see Shake Shack without a line. Then again, the Dodgers probably want In-N-Out anyway.

1:09 p.m. ET: I see bed people
Actor Haley Joel Osment's nocturnal lifestyle doesn't dim his Dodger devotion.

1:01 p.m. ET: Dave and David go deep

12:36 p.m. ET: The cast for the curious
MLB.com columnists Richard Justice and Anthony Castrovince break down Game 4's unexpected pitchers' duel and preview Game 5 in the Morning Lineup podcast -- released daily throughout the World Series. More >