LOS ANGELES — George Springer hit a two-run shot in the 11th inning as the Astros won a thrilling home run derby at Dodger Stadium, beating the Dodgers 7-6 Wednesday night to tie the World Series at one game apiece.
The teams combined for a Series record eight homers. When the slugging was finally over, Houston had hung on to win a World Series game for the first time in its 56-season history.
The Astros trailed 3-2 in the ninth when Marwin Gonzalez hit a leadoff homer against closer Kenley Jansen. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back homers in the Houston 10th for a 5-3 lead.
But the Dodgers rallied, tying it on Yasiel Puig’s home run and a two-out, RBI single by pinch-hitter Enrique Hernandez.
Springer’s shot off Brandon McCarthy gave Houston just enough margin to withstand Charlie Culberson’s homer in the bottom of the 11th.
Game 3 is Friday night in Houston with Tampa’s Lance McCullers scheduled to start for the Astros against the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish.