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Astros climb back into World Series, rally by Braves in Game 5

Houston shows its resiliency in a potential close-out game, trailing after a first-inning grand slam but coming back to win 9-5.
The Astros' Kyle Tucker slides home safely as Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud takes the throw following a single by Martin Maldonado in the seventh of Sunday's World Series Game 5.
The Astros' Kyle Tucker slides home safely as Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud takes the throw following a single by Martin Maldonado in the seventh of Sunday's World Series Game 5. [ JOHN BAZEMORE | AP ]
Published Nov. 1, 2021

ATLANTA — Carlos Correa had three hits, Martin Maldonado found three different ways to drive in runs and pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez blooped a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth inning to lead Houston over Atlanta 9-5 and cut its World Series deficit to three games to two.

Adam Duvall’s first-inning grand slam off Framber Valdez had built a 4-0 lead for the Braves, but the Astros scored twice in the second off rookie Tucker Davidson, making his first big-league appearance since mid-June, then tied the score in the third.

Freddie Freeman’s home run in the bottom half put the Braves back ahead as they tried to close out their first championship since 1995, but A.J. Minter walked Maldonado with the bases loaded in the fifth and Gonzalez singled for a 7-5 lead.

Game 6 is in Houston on Tuesday night.

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