Astros’ resilency again on display in Game 5


Half an inning after the Dodgers took their third lead of the game on a Cody Bellinger RBI triple in the top of the seventh, George Springer — who misplayed Bellinger’s ball — hit the Astros’ sixth game-tying homer in five World Series games on the first pitch from Brandon Morrow.

Jose Altuve followed with an RBI double and Carlos Correa added a towering two-run homer into the Crawford Boxes, giving the Astros an 11-8 lead heading to the eighth.

Correa’s home run was a moonshot of epic proportions. It left the bat with an exit velocity of 105.8 mph and had a launch angle of 48 degrees, making it the highest launch angle on a home run for all of 2017 (including regular season), according to Statcast™. It is also the highest launch angle on any postseason home run since Statcast™ started tracking in 2015. The previous highest was 45 degrees by Willson Contreras in the National League Division Series on Oct. 7.

The highest launch angle that Statcast™ has ever tracked on a home run is by J.D. Martinez, who hit one with a launch angle of 50 degrees on May 15, 2015. Statcast™ began for the 2015 season.

From the fourth through seventh innings, Springer, Altuve and Correa combined to go 7-for-7 with three home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored.

Yuli Gurriel hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the fourth off Clayton Kershaw, Altuve smashed his own game-tying, three-run shot off Kenta Maeda in the fifth and Springer added his drive against Morrow in the seventh to knot the game at 8.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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