Astros top Dodgers in extra inning thriller

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The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-6 in an instant classic on Wednesday night in Game Two of the World Series. The two teams set the record for the most home runs in a World Series game as they slugged eight in all.

The scoring started in the 4th when the Astros took a 1-0 lead as Alex Bregman singled home Josh Reddick. Dodgers starter Rich Hill was pulled before the start of the 5th and was visibly unhappy with the decision  by manager Dave Roberts. Hill went four innings giving up one earned run on three hits while striking out seven and walking three.

As for Astros starter Justin Verlander, he was untouchable until the 5th inning. Joc Pederson made him pay on a hanging breaking ball, smacking a solo home run to right field to tie the game at one. This was the first hit Verlander allowed on the night.

Corey Seager also made Verlander pay with a two-run home run to left field to put the Dodgers ahead 3-1. Verlander’s night would end after the 6th inning. He went six innings allowing three earned runs on two hits while striking out five and walking two.

Carlos Correa brought the Astros within one in the 8th as he singled up the middle to bring home Bregman. This would end the Dodgers bullpen consecutive scoreless streak at 28 innings.

Then to open the 9th, Marwin Gonzalez hit a leadoff home run to left field off of Kenley Jansen to tie the game at three.

Jose Altuve and Correa wasted no time in the 10th by going back-to-back to left field to put the Astros ahead 5-3.

Yasiel Puig answered back with a solo home run to left to bring the Dodgers within one. After Logan Forsythe walked and later advanced on a past ball, Enrique Hernandez singled to right to bring him home, tying the game at five.

George Springer put the Astros back ahead 7-5 with a two-run home run to right field in the 11th inning. Then in the bottom half, Charlie Culberson hit a solo home run to bring the Dodgers within one run. With two outs and a chance to tie the game Puig was sent down swinging to end the game.

On Wednesday night the Dodgers record of 98-0 while leading after the 8th this year fell to the Astros grabbing their first World Series win in franchise history. Lance McCullers Jr. will pitch for the Astros in Game Three and will face Yu Darvish of the Dodgers. The game will 8 p.m. on Friday night in Houston and can be seen on FOX.

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