2021 World Series: Game 5 Recap

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The Atlanta Braves had a chance to win the 2021 World Series in Game 5, but the Houston Astros refused to go down without a fight.

By Zach Smith

Tucker Davidson, who hasn't pitched since June 15, got the nod for the Braves to start Game 5. Davidson was added to the roster after Charlie Morton suffered a fractured right fibula in Game 1.

Atlanta came out guns blazing in the 1st inning. Framber Valdez walked Eddie Rosario to load the bases, and Adam Duvall hit a grand slam to right field to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.

The Astros got on the board in the 2nd inning. Alex Bregman has struggled all series, but he delivered an RBI double to center to make it a 4-1 game. Martin Maldonado drove in one more with a sac fly.

An error by Dansby Swanson gave the Astros some life in the 3rd inning. Carlos Correa drove in Jose Altuve with a double, and Michael Brantley scored right after to tie the game 4-4.

Atlanta clapped back in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Braves All-Star Freddie Freeman hit a 460 foot home run to center field that had an exit velocity of 112 mph to take a 5-4 lead.

Zack Greinke came in at the top of 4th inning, but it wasn’t to pitch. Greinke got his second hit of the series with a pinch-hit single, but the Astros left him stranded on the bases.

A.J. Minter has been exceptional for the Braves in the postseason, but he had a costly 5th inning. After a bases loaded walk, Minter gave up a single to Marwin Gonzalez to make it a 7-5.

The Astros tacked on one more in the 7th inning. Kyle Tucker started it off with a double down the right field line, and he scored on a single from Martin Maldonado to extend their lead to 8-5.

Jose Altuve caught Drew Smyly off guard and stole second base on a close call, and he was soon driven in by a Carlos Correa single to give the Astros a four run lead in the 8th inning.

Atlanta had one more chance to come back in the bottom of the 9th, but Kendall Graveman shut down the Braves to end the game.

After scoring two runs in the past two games, the Astros bats exploded to give them a 9-5 win in Game 5. Houston will look to extend the series back home on Tuesday night.