ASTROS CLIP DODGERS 13-12 IN 10 TO TAKE 3-2 LEAD IN THIS GREATEST OF WORLD SERIES!

By Sam Bush

Alex Bregman hit a walk-off single into left field off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second base and put an end to the second-longest World Series game in history, sending the Astros to a dramatic 13-12 victory that ended this morning at Minute Maid Park.

The five-hour, 17-minute contest trails only Game 3 of the Fall Classic in 2005, when the Astros fell to the White Sox, 7-5, in 14 innings in a five-hour, 41-minute game.

The Astros lead the best-of-seven Series, 3-2, and will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium against Rich Hill tomorrow night with a chance to give Houston its first World Series championship. The team with a 3-2 lead in the World Series has won the Series 43 of 65 times.

“Just when I thought I could describe Game 2 as my favorite game of all time, I think Game 5 exceeded that and more,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game, the emotion, doing it at home, in front of our home crowd. Just exactly what you expect to come to the park with [Dallas] Keuchel and Kershaw pitching.”

Neither Keuchel nor Clayton Kershaw, a pair of Cy Young Award winners, made it through the fifth inning. Kershaw allowed six runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, and Keuchel allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in 3 2/3 frames. Both bullpens got battered — Houston’s gave up eight runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, and L.A.’s allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.

“You’re emotionally exhausted because of the hype, I guess, and everything of the World Series,” said Astros reliever Joe Musgrove, who worked a scoreless 10th for the win.

Jansen, working his second inning, recorded two outs in the 10th before hitting Brian McCann with a pitch. When George Springer followed with a walk, Fisher replaced McCann at second as a pinch-runner and scored when Alex Bregman hit a soft liner over shortstop to win the game.

“Tried to go up and in and missed my spot, and he did a great job,” Jansen said of the Bregman at-bat. “Just missed my location. I was feeling great. McCann, tried to go in and yanked it. โ€ฆ It’s over, man. Just got to worry about Tuesday.”

Fisher was appearing in just his fourth playoff game this year — his first since Game 3 of the American League Championship Series — and hasn’t had an official at-bat in the postseason. Still, he was able to come off the bench and score the biggest run in Astros history.

After the Astros wiped out deficits of 4-0, 7-4 and 8-7 with game-tying home runs, the Dodgers turned the tables on Houston by coming back from a 12-9 deficit in the ninth inning. Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer off Astros reliever Chris Devenski, who was one strike away from ending the game when Chris Taylor shot an RBI single to center to tie it at 12.

When McCann went deep in the eighth to put Houston ahead, 12-9, it was the Astros’ fifth homer of the game. McCann became the 14th different player to homer in the World Series, setting a record. The 22 homers in the World Series and 101 in the postseason set Major League records.

The Dodgers took an 8-7 lead in the seventh when Springer dove in center for a sinking line drive off the bat of Cody Bellinger and allowed it to go under his glove and roll to the wall for a triple that scored Enrique Hernandez. But Springer atoned for the misplay when he crushed the first pitch thrown by reliever Brandon Morrow in the bottom of the inning and hit a homer to left to tie the game.

“That’s a very lonely feeling to know that I made a bad decision,” Springer said. “I’ll own up to it. I should have stopped. I got told by [bench coach] Alex Cora, by A.J. Hinch, [third-base coach] Gary Pettis, ‘It’s over. Just go have a good, quality at-bat and we’ll see what happens.’ To go from that low to that high is very, very emotional. I don’t really know how to describe it.”

Morrow has pitched in all five games of the Series and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before the game that he wanted to avoid using him in Game 5.

“I saw where the game was at when I was getting loose,” said Morrow, who called the dugout to say he could pitch. “I felt OK. It was probably selfish on my part to go down and push to let him know that I’m ready and want to get in. Obviously, we’re very plan oriented and I should have stuck with that and not deviated from that.”

After Springer’s homer, Bregman singled and scored from first on a double by Jose Altuve to give the Astros their first lead, 9-8. Carlos Correa then hit a towering fly ball to left field that sneaked into the first rows of the Crawford Boxes for a two-run homer to put Houston ahead, 11-8.

“This was crazier [than Game 2],” Correa said. “It was back and forth. Nonstop. It was unbelievable. The best game ever, for sure. Emotions are really high right now. We have the lead in the Series and we need to go take it in L.A.”

The Dodgers cut the lead to 11-9 in the eighth on an RBI double by Corey Seager, but reliever Will Harris got Justin Turner to line out and Devenski got Andre Ethier to ground out with runners on second and third to end the threat.

“I’m sure everybody’s pretty exhausted, emotionally and physically,” Kershaw said. “It was a tough one. But you know what? We’ve still got a chance at this thing. We’re going to go home and get ready to go. … I just lost my command a little bit there in the fourth inning and that’s all it took.”

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