Astros beat Braves 9-5 in Game 5 of World Series


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ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Game 5 of the World Series:

9:15 p.m.

The Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 9-5 in Game 5 of the World Series.

9 p.m.

Jose Altuve and the Astros added on in the eighth inning, pushing their lead to 9-5 and moving closer to taking this World Series back to Houston.

Altuve led off the eighth with a walk, took second after getting picked off and came around to score on Carlos Correa’s single. It was Altuve’s 21st run this postseason, matching Carlos Beltrán’s output in 2004 for most in a postseason.

Correa’s hit was his third of the game, and Yuli Gurriel followed with his third hit, too, but both were left stranded.

Kendall Graveman worked around Austin Riley’s leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the four-run advantage.

7:40 p.m.

Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel celebrates after scoring on the double by Marwin Gonzalez during the fifth inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Houston has come back again, scoring three times with two outs in the fifth inning to take a 7-5 lead over the Atlanta Braves into the sixth.

Carlos Correa had a leadoff single against lefty reliever A.J. Minter for his second hit of the night. Correa moved up on Yuli Gurriel’s one-out single, and both runners advanced when Kyle Tucker grounded out to the right side.

Alex Bregman was intentionally walked to bring up light-hitting catcher Martín Maldonado with the bases loaded. Looking to get on base and tie the game any which way, Maldonado moved right on top of the plate and appeared to be taking all the way early in the count.

He showed bunt on 3-1, and Minter missed way inside to force in the tying run with a walk. Pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez dumped the next pitch into shallow left field for a two-run single that put the Astros ahead for the first time in Game 5 after they trailed 4-0 in the first.

Gonzalez, added to the roster for the World Series, fisted a soft looper that came off the bat at just 71 mph and landed only 235 feet from home plate.

Chris Martin struck out Jose Altuve to prevent further damage.

Phil Maton came out of the bullpen for Houston in the bottom of the sixth and worked a scoreless inning. He gave up a two-out double to Austin Riley before retiring NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario on a comebacker.

6:45 p.m.

Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman celebrates with Ozzie Albies after a home run during the third inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Freddie Freeman hit the Braves’ second go-ahead homer of the game, restoring a 5-4 lead in the third inning after Atlanta manager Brian Snitker’s attempt to squeeze another inning out of rookie opener Tucker Davidson backfired big time.

Jose Altuve reached leading off the third when Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson committed his second error of the World Series, and Davidson then walked Michael Brantley.

Jesse Chavez relieved and allowed an RBI double to Carlos Correa. After Yordan Alvarez popped up, Yuli Gurriel tied it at 4 with an RBI groundout. Kyle Tucker walked before Alex Bregman flew out to end the threat.

Davidson started Game 5 for his first major league appearance in four months. The 25-year-old was activated after Game 1 starter Charlie Morton broke his right leg.

Freeman drilled a 460-foot no-doubter to right-center against Framber Valdez leading off the bottom of the inning. Fans chanted “Freddie! Freddie!” for the 2020 NL MVP. The homer was his first of the World Series and his sixth career go-ahead homer in the postseason, passing Chipper Jones for most in franchise history.

Valdez got two outs before walking Eddie Rosario, prompting manager Dusty Baker to call for reliever Yimi Garcia. He needed 12 pitches to retire Adam Duvall, who got Atlanta on the board in the first inning with a grand slam.

5:35 p.m.

Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall watches his grand slam home run during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Adam Duvall hit a first-inning grand slam off Framber Valdez, and the Atlanta Braves took a 4-0 lead over the Houston Astros as they tried to finish off the World Series in five games.

Back in the leadoff spot for Atlanta, Jorge Soler reached on a bad-hop single to left leading off. Freddie Freeman flied out and Albies grounded into a forceout.

Austin Riley singled, and when left fielder Yordan Alvarez threw to third even though he had no chance to catch the speedy Albies, Riley continued to second.

Eddie Rosario walked, loading the bases, and Duvall drove a first-pitch 95.4 mph fastball on the low, outside corner to the opposite field.

Right fielder Michael Brantley backtracked but ran out of room, and the ball soared over the 16-foot brick wall in right and into the second row of seats in front of the Chop House restaurant,

It was just the third first-inning slam in Series history, following Elmer Smith in Game 5 in 1920 and Bobby Richardson in Game 3 in 1960.

Valdez was facing the Astros for the second time in the Series after losing the opener.

Rookie Tucker Davidson pitched around a walk to throw a scoreless first inning for the Braves, his first major league action in 4 1/2 months.

Added to the roster on Wednesday after Charlie Morton broke a leg in the opener, Davidson entered with just five major league appearances — the last June 15.

The Houston Astros have reworked their lineup for Game 5, dropping the slumping Alex Bregman from his usual third spot to seventh. Carlos Correa moves into the third slot.

Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of Game 1 in baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bregman is 1 for 14 in the World Series, and Houston trails Atlanta three games to one. The Astros have desperate for a big hit this week — they’re hitless in their last 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Second baseman Jose Altuve will lead off, followed by right fielder Michael Brantley, Correa at shortstop, left fielder Yordan Álvarez, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, center fielder Kyle Tucker, Bregman at third base, catcher Martín Maldonado and pitcher Framber Valdez.

FILE – In this Tuesday, May 18, 2021 file photo, Atlanta Braves starter Tucker Davidson delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Mets in Atlanta. Tucker Davidson was in the lobby of a Courtyard Marriott near the Gwinnett Stripers’ ballpark in Georgia, eating a salad from The Cheesecake Factory and watching the Atlanta Braves play their World Series opener. Less than 24 hours later, the 25-year-old rookie left-hander from Amarillo, Texas, a pitcher with just five games of big league experience, was sitting in the interview room of Minute Maid Park, added to Atlanta’s World Series roster after Charlie Morton’s right fibula was broken in the opening game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Rookie left-hander Tucker Davidson will start Game 5 of the World Series for the Atlanta Braves against the Houston Astros on Sunday night in his first major league appearance in four months.

The Braves are trying to clinch their first championship since 1995. They led the series three games to one.

The 25-year-old Davidson watched the series opener on Tuesday on television from a hotel in suburban Atlanta, then was summoned to join the Braves the next day in Houston after Charlie Morton’s right leg was broken by a comebacker.

Davidson had not pitched against big league hitters since June 15, when he allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings against Boston. He went on the injured list the next day with left forearm inflammation and didn’t pitch in another game until Oct. 3 facing Jackson for Gwinnett at Triple-A. He threw 40 pitches over three innings, allowing one run and three hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Davidson enters 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in five career big league starts, one in 2020 and four during the first half of this season.

He is the third rookie to start for the Braves in the matchup.

Ian Anderson pitched five hitless innings for the victory in Friday night’s 2-0 win. Dylan Lee lasted just one out Saturday in his first big league start, and Atlanta rallied in the seventh inning for a 3-2 win.

Atlanta’s batting order had right fielder Jorge Soler moved up to the leadoff spot against left-hander Framber Valdez, whom he homered against leading off Game 1.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario was moved to the fifth spot.

First baseman Freddie Freeman hit second, followed by second baseman Ozzie Albies, third baseman Austin Riley, Rosario, center fielder Adam Duvall, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, shortstop Dansby Swanson and Davidson.

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