Astros take 3-2 lead over Dodgers

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During this long baseball season, more home runs were hit than ever before.

Last Sunday at Minute Maid Park, the Dodgers and Houston Astros combined for seven homers, but it was a single by Alex Bregman (two hits with two runs) off Kenley Jansen that scored the winning run in the 10th inning of Game 5 of the World Series.

Back and forth it went, with the Astros eventually snatching a 13-12 victory. They now head West with a three games to two lead.

Clayton Kershaw was relieved after four and two-third innings, allowing six runs, four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Back and forth it went, with the Astros eventually snatching a 13-12 victory.

Kershaw yielded Yuli Gurriel’s three-run bomb in the fourth that tied it at 4-4.

Jose Altuve (three hits, three runs and four runs batted in), George Springer (three runs with two hits), Carlos Correa (two runs with three hits and three RBIs) and Brian McCann, all homered for Houston.

Cody Bellinger (four RBIs with two runs and two hits) and Yasiel Puig (two RBIs) both slammed homers for the Dodgers, who led 4-0 at the top of the fourth, and 7-4 at the top of the fifth before Houston evened it at 7-7 in the bottom of the frame.

The Boys of Summer added a run in the seventh and led 8-7, but the Astros struck for four runs and forged an 11-8 cushion.

The Dodgers trimmed it to 11-9 with a tally in the eighth, however, the Astros then bolted ahead 12-9 only to see the Dodgers level it at 12-12 in the ninth.

The visiting Boys in Blue grabbed Game 4 on Saturday 6-2 behind Bellinger’s two doubles with two runs and an RBI and a three-run wallop from Joc Pederson during a five-run ninth inning.

In Game 3 on Friday, the host Astros claimed a 5-3 decision with Gurriel (two hits) slashing a solo homer during a four-run second inning.

A combined eight homers were featured in Game 2 at the Stadium as Houston nabbed the contest 7-6 in 11 innings.

The key blast was slugged by Springer (three hits), who smashed a two-run homer in the 11th.

Kershaw was brilliant during a 3-1 triumph over Houston in Game 1 at Chavez Ravine as he toured seven innings, surrendering one run and three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Chris Taylor (two runs) delivered a first-pitch, solo rocket in the first inning and Justin Turner added a two-run homer in the sixth.

Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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