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And it’s only Game 2

11 innings to tie the series

John Cañamar, Sports Editor

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“When that last out is made, you finally breathe,” George Springer said. “That’s an emotional high — emotional high to low to high again. But that’s why we play the game. And that’s the craziest game that I’ve ever played in. And it’s only Game 2.”

Springer broke out of his hitting woes with three hits in the game, none bigger than his two-run home run in the 11th earning the Astros their first World Series win in franchise history and tying the series at one all.

Chris Devenski struck out Yasiel Puig on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to end the game and send the series to Houston with the Astros now having home-field advantage with the next three games at Minute Maid Park.

Houston’s lineup had their bats come out of hibernation in the grandest of fashion, scoring six runs off of the Dodgers’ bullpen that had been lights out not allowing a run in the previous 28 innings.

The game had four lead changes, three ties, two plays where the ball took strange bounces off of people and an exceptional diving play that was not meant to be.

And it's only Game 2

Yasiel Puig slams his glove after a double by Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman during the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Josh Reddick can understand the frustration of Puig after Puig missed a ball hit to right field and bounce out of his glove and into the stands for a ground rule double, similar to Reddick’s miscue in game 3 of the ALDS in Boston.

Puig immediately jumped to his feet to slam his glove to the ground in disgust.

The ball had more tricks throughout the game. In the third inning, Alex Bregman hit up the middle where center fielder Chris Taylor dove, missed and then was hit on the bill of his cap by the ball, assisting it over to Joc Pederson preventing what could have been a triple or inside the park home run.

Devenski was attempting a pickoff at second miss badly throwing the ball to the left side of the bag and hitting the umpire, which prevented the ball going into center field and costing the Astros the game.

“We were pretty unlucky at the beginning of the game when Taylor dove in center field and (the ball) hit him in the face or head,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I felt like the baseball gods were returning the favor, by having an umpire standing in the way there.”

Houston remains perfect in games that Justin Verlander pitches, bringing their record to 10-0 when he takes the hill.

Devenski earned the win on 1.1 innings of relief.

Brandon McCarthy received the loss for his inning of work where he gave up two runs on the Springer home run.

Game Recap

Bregman started the scoring for the Astros in the third with a single that scored Reddick from second.

In the bottom of the fifth Pederson tied the game on a slider that did not break and stayed in the heart of the plate with a solo shot to right-center field.

After walking Taylor in the sixth, Verlander served up a two-run home run to Corey Seager for a Dodgers 3-1 lead, much like what happened in game 1.

Kenley Jansen entered the game needing six outs for the save with Bregman on second. Carlos Correa would slap a cutter to center field ending the 28 scoreless innings by the Dodgers’ bullpen and cutting the lead to one.

On a similar cutter that missed in the zone, Marwin Gonzalez would tie the game in the ninth with a home run to center field.

Ken Giles threw 11 pitches to retire the side in the ninth sending the game into extra innings.

And it's only Game 2

Jose Altuve is congratulated by Carlos Correa after hitting a home run during the 10th inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Former Astros pitcher, now Dodgers Josh Field started the 10th by giving up back-to-back home runs to Jose Altuve and Correa putting Houston up by two.

The bottom of the 10th saw Puig hit a home run to left-center field. Giles followed the gofer ball with two punch-outs and a walk.

Enter Enrique Hernandez with a single to right field scoring Logan Forsythe, who was on second after the walk and a wild pitch. Hernandez would make it to second base on the throw to the plate from Reddick.

Devenski is brought into the game where the first thing he does is throw wildly to second on an attempted pickoff play which by chance hits the umpire saving the Astros from having Hernandez trot to home while the ball skipped in the outfield.

Devenski controls himself and gets Taylor to fly out to Cameron Maybin.

To the 11th the game would go, and Maybin singles then stole second base with no outs.

Springer would finish his night with a two-run home run he blistered to right-center field.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the frame, Charlie Culberson would hit a homer of his own bringing Puig to the plate.

Puig and Devenski had a nine-pitch battle where Devenski threw four change-ups in a row in which the last one Puig swung and missed for the final out and Astros victory.

Game 3

Minute Maid Park will be the scene for Game 3 where Yu Darvish will go opposite of Lance McCullers Jr. at 7:00 on Friday.

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