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Astros fight back from the Braves' first Grand Slam, Force 6

Astros fight back from the Braves’ first Grand Slam, Force 6

The Houston Astros survive.

Martin Maldonado finished 1 to 2 with three RBIs and Carlos Correa added two RBIs in the team’s victory over Atlanta Braves In the game 5, 9-5.

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The Astros needed to dig deep to get back into the game. Braves player Adam Duvall hit the first half at home and would have put a nail in any team’s coffin, but not the Astros.

Atlanta Braves’ Adam Duvall celebrates his Grand Slam race at home during the first inning of Game 5 of the World Baseball Championship between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Houston scored twice in the second half thanks to Maldonado Kiss fly-by and Alex Bregman’s RBI double. The Astros would have equalized the match again in the third game thanks to a Korea brace by Michael Brantley and Yuli Gouriel’s home score by Jose Altove. The match was tied at that point 4-4.

Houston Astros player Martin Maldonado picks up a hit from the Atlanta Braves' AJ Minter during the fourth inning in Game Five of the World Baseball Championship between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta.

Houston Astros player Martin Maldonado picks up a hit from the Atlanta Braves’ AJ Minter during the fourth inning in Game Five of the World Baseball Championship between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Freddy Freeman was up at the bottom of the third inning with a 460-foot single shot to get Atlanta back in one. But this will be the last run scored by the brave.

The Brave Adam Duvall launched himself into the history books of the World Series with a Grand Slam

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A single from Marwin Gonzalez and Maldonado walks with loaded bases, put the Astros in two runs. He will hit Maldonado again in seventh and Korea in eighth to go up four runs.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 31: Houston Astros #15 Martin Maldonado hits a RBI flyball against the Atlanta Braves during the second half of Game Five of the World Series at Truist Park on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: Houston Astros #15 Martin Maldonado hits a RBI flyball against the Atlanta Braves during the second half of Game Five of the World Series at Truist Park on October 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Houston came out strong against the Braves in the latter part of the game.

Yimi Garcia got the Astros on in the third inning as Framber Valdez was bombed, Jose Urquidi made a turn, Phil Matton went twice and hit three, while Ryan Stanek grabbed the Astros without any injuries and Kendall Grafman bounced back after allowing a hit. The match will be closed in favor of Houston.

Atlanta Braves relaxed AJ Minter wipes his face after giving up Houston Astros' RBI double Marwen Gonzalez during the fifth inning of Game 5 of the World Series Baseball between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves relaxed AJ Minter wipes his face after giving up Houston Astros’ RBI double Marwen Gonzalez during the fifth inning of Game 5 of the World Series Baseball between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves Sunday, October 31, 2021, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Brave Tucker Davidson started for Game 5. He went twice and allowed four runs, got two, got two hits. AJ Minter would hit for three runs with three strokes while Drew Smiley went for three runs and left two more in five strokes.

Atlanta hit eight hits in the game but failed to push more runs across the board when they needed it. Austin Riley was 3 for 4 and Travis D’Arno was 2 for 4.

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Game 6 is set for Tuesday night in Houston.