ATLANTA (AP) – Just in time, Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros woke up the offense.
Had he waited a little longer, the World Series would have ended.
Stunned by Adam Duvall’s grand slam in the first inning, Correa and Alex Bregman snapped out of their offensive moment in the blink of an eye. They kept attacking, refusing to let the season slip and coming from behind to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-5 on Sunday and cut their World Series deficit to 3-2.
The Braves might not admit it, but it’s a very painful loss.
Correa, raised to the third inning of the batting order for Game 5 while Bregman was sent to seventh position, had three hits apiece. Martín Maldonado found three different ways to produce runs, and pinch-hitter Marwin González hit a two-run single with two outs in the fifth inning to put Houston ahead 7-5.
The reliever duel became the first high-scoring game of this Fall Classic, and the most productive team on offense during the regular season in the majors won it.
Mexican José Urquidy, as a relief, took his second victory of the World Series with a blank entry.
They couldn’t hold back the Astros forever, and a parade of Braves pitchers found out as the game got old. The loss went to AJ Minter, who allowed three earned runs in one labor inning.
For the Astros, Puerto Ricans Maldonado 3-1 with three RBIs; Belt of 5-3 with two produced and one scored. Venezuelans González 1-1 with two RBIs; José Altuve 5-1 with two runs scored. Cubans Yuli Gurriel 5-3 with one RBI and two runs; Yordan Álvarez 5-0. The Dominican Framber Valdez 1-0.
For the Braves, Cuban Jorge Soler 5-1. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 2-0 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Ehire Adrianza 1-0.