HOUSTON — Breaking down Recreation 5 of the World Collection between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park:

Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 inn.): Astros lead series, 3-2.


The game: In one of the wildest games in World Series history, the Dodgers and Astros traded haymakers like a pair of heavyweights. And when the dust settled and all 43,300 fans at Minute Maid Park finally picked their jaws up off the floor, the American League champs moved one win away from the franchise’s first-ever title.

Alex Bregman drove home pinch-runner Derek Fisher from second base on a two-out single to provide the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

In a game that featured seven home runs, five by the Astros, Houston turned an 8-7 deficit into an 11-8 lead in the seventh inning with a four-run rally, keyed by homers (what else!) from George Springer and Carlos Correa.

But even with a three-run lead in the ninth, the beleaguered Houston bullpen couldn’t close it out. Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer and Chris Taylor followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 12.


So many things made this Game 5 memorable. An expected pitcher’s duel between two Cy Young Award winners never materialized as both Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel were knocked out before either could complete five innings.

The Dodgers jumped out to a four-run lead, only to have the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel come back to tie on the first of the game’s World Series record three three-run homers.

Cody Bellinger untied it with a three-run shot in the top of the fifth – only to have Jose Altuve tie it back up again with a frenzy-inducing one of his own in the bottom of the inning.

The 22 total home runs these two teams have hit in just five games broke a World Series record. The previous record was 21 by the Giants and Angels in their seven-game affair in 2002.

The time of game was 5:17. 


Men of the moment: The Astros hit five home runs, but no hit was bigger than Bregman’s base hit off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

The heroes were many for the Astros.

Springer could have just as easily been the goat after he dove for but missed Cody Bellinger’s line drive in the top of the seventh. The ball got past him for an RBI triple that put the Dodgers ahead 8-7. But Springer tied things up himself with a homer in the bottom of the inning.

Correa also had three hits, including the go-ahead…