Astros resist with experience quartet

The Astros are a team that row against the current. With a 9-5 victory over the Braves at Truist Park, they are reluctant to fall and will return to Houston to finish the 2021 World Series. In Sunday night’s game, the weight of the team’s veterans, Carlos Correa, was felt. went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and one scored; while José Altuve, with two runs, equaled the record for the highest number of runs scored in a postseason. Gurriel and Bregman also had a presence on the scoreboard.

These four elements were part of the last Astros championship in 2017 and survivors of a rebuilding of the roster. In Game 5 of the current World Series they added their 72nd appearance together in postseason games, the most for four teammates.

They were also noted in Sunday’s game Martín Maldonado, who went 3-1, with three RBIs and Marwin González, with 1-1 and two RBIs, got the somersault in the fifth inning. The Mexican pitcher, José Urquidy claimed the victory.

Houston’s ninth took the Braves undefeated in the postseason, who until game five were perfect 7-0. As of Tuesday, activity will resume at Minute Maid Park.

Astros players came down three games to one in the series but never lowered their heads, not even with the balance against from the first inning.

At least until the middle of the game, the outlook was favorable for the Braves, who had a perfect postseason record playing at home. In the first chapter, outfielder Adam Duvall raised the decibels around the park by scoring the first Grand Slam in a World Series since 2017, putting it 4-0 on the scoreboard against Framber Valdez.

But the Astros were not intimidated by their rival or the fans, two innings later they tied the score with RBIs from Bregman, Maldonado, Correa and Gurriel.

The locals managed to make a difference again with a solo homer from Freddie Freeman.

The Mexican pitcher, José Urquidy, entered the relief in the fourth low and although he only pitched one inning, he changed the course of the game, as the Astros pitchers did not allow runs again, while the Texas offense increased their production.

On the fifth roll, with the bases loaded, pitcher Alex Minter conceded the walk that gave Houston the tying run. Later, a hit by Marwin González allowed another two runs that turned the game around and the Astros went to the lead 8-5.

Correa finished off the Braves, whose fans began to leave the park, by driving José Altuve’s 21st postseason run. With this mark, the Venezuelan equaled the record achieved by Carlos Beltrán (2004) with the highest number of runs scored in a postseason. In five at-bats, Altuve had one hit and two runs. The championship fight will continue Tuesday in Houston.

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