Game 2: Astros leading Dodgers in thrilling home run derby


Alex Gallardo/ AP Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve is praised by Carlos Correa after striking a home run during the 10th inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Released Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017|9:40 p.m.

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017|10:12 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– George Springer circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning.

Would it suffice? Was this the last plot twist in among the wildest World Series games ever?

Yes, it was– hardly– and the Houston Astros won a World Series game for the first time in their 56-season history.

Charlie Culberson struck a two-out homer in the bottom half off winner Chris Devenski, who then struck out Yasiel Puig in a nine-pitch at-bat. The Astros outlived the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in a Hollywood thriller Wednesday night to tie the Series at one game apiece.

On a night of remarkable swings and a World Series-record 8 crowning achievement, Marwin Gonzalez stunned the Dodger Arena crowd with a solo shot off dominant better Kenley Jansen in the ninth that made it 3-all.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa struck successive crowning achievement versus Josh Fields in the 10th to develop a 5-3 Astros lead.

But there was more. Much, much more.

Puig homered off Ken Giles beginning the bottom of the 10th and Enrique Hernandez knotted ball game 5-5 with a two-out RBI single.

Devenski gone into and with Hernandez at second, a wild pickoff toss headed towards center field prior to it struck second base umpire Laz Diaz. An incredulous Hernandez put both hands on his head, unable to advance, and he was stranded when Chris Taylor flied out.

Cameron Maybin, who had entered in the 10th, singled leading off the 11th versus Brandon McCarthy, a surprise addition to the Dodgers’ World Series roster who was pitching for the very first time given that Oct. 1. Maybin took second and Springer struck a drive to center for a 7-5 lead, just the 3rd 11th-inning crowning achievement in the Series after shots by Kirby Puckett in 1991 and David Freese in 2011.

Devenski retired Corey Seager and Justin Turner on lineouts. Puig examined his swing on a 2-2 pitch– the Astros jumped when first base umpire Gerry Davis signified no swing– and Puig fouled off two more. Devenski threw his 5th straight changeup, and Puig swung over it as the Astros ran onto the field to commemorate.

After another steamy night in a Santa Ana heat wave, the series moves to Texas and resumes Friday at Houston’s Minute Housemaid Park, where the retractable roofing system has not been open for a game given that June 8. Lance McCullers Jr. begins for the Astros and Yu Darvish for the Dodgers, who got him from Texas at the July 31 trade due date.

Houston is 6-0 in the house in the postseason but just 1-7 on the roadway.

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