Astros win thriller, on brink of World Series crown

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Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) celebrates with teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th inning in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Shanna Lockwood, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros traded blows with the Los Angeles Dodgers and escaped a thrilling back-and-forth, home-run filled clash with a 13-12 extra-innings victory on Sunday that put them one win away from their first World Series title.

After blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning during which they had the Dodgers down to their final strike, Houston closed out one of the wildest games in World Series history when Alex Bregman hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning.

Each team had their left-handed aces on the mound to start the pivotal fifth game of the best-of-seven series but both the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Astros’ Dallas Keuchel failed to produce the pitchers’ duel many had expected.

By the time the final out was recorded, the Dodgers and Astros had combined for seven home runs, including a trio of three-run blasts.

The Astros, who lead the series 3-2, now have two chances in Los Angeles to win their first World Series championship since the inception of the franchise 55 years ago.

Game Six is scheduled for Tuesday in Los Angeles where the Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound while the Astros will counter with Justin Verlander. 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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