Astros win wild Game Two against Dodgers to tie World Series 1-1

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Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th inning in game two of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. ( Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

An 11th-inning blast by George Springer scored two runs and delivered the Houston Astros a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to even the World Series at one game apiece on Wednesday.

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The Astros offense came to life in extra innings when Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the 10th, putting the visiting club up 5-3.

The Dodgers responded in the bottom half of the inning when slugger Yasiel Puig hit a solo shot and Kike Hernandez doubled in a run to tie the game at 5-5.

But Springer's home run, one of eight hit during the game, proved to be the difference even after Dodgers Charlie Culberson's two-out solo shot in the bottom of the 11th cut the Houston lead to 7-6.

Puig struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 11th to end the marathon 4-hour and 19-minute contest.

"This is an instant classic and to be able to be part of it is pretty special," Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander told a news conference.

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"That's why I love this team. There's no quit, top to bottom of the lineup. Anybody can win a game at any time," he said.

For the second straight game the Fall Classic played out in unseasonably warm conditions in Los Angeles, with the mercury hitting 95 degree F at the first pitch.

The series now shifts to Houston, where the Astros have yet to lose a game this postseason.

 

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Amlan Chakraborty)