Astros take World Series Game 5 on Gerrit Cole gem

World Series: Bregman, Chirinos help Astros gain 2-2 tie vs. Nationals

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The Astros now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 after sweeping all three games in Washington over the weekend, including a 7-1 win on Sunday. The only run he gave up with a home run by youngster Juan Soto. Washington mustered only four hits.

Bregman held his bat high as he slowly walked out of the batter's box, then took almost 30 seconds to circle the bases.

The Astros put the game away late against Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson, who had his first poor outing of the postseason. The rookie is normally the Astros' designated hitter (DH), but with this game being played in a National League ballpark with no DH, Alvarez vindicated manager AJ Hinch's decision to start him in left field with three hits from three at-bats.

"I think mechanically I've been able to be a little bit more consistent when I go out there and pitch", he said. "So keep pushing, '" Martinez said.

Yordan Alvarez (second), Carlos Correa (fourth) and George Springer (seventh) all had two-run homers. At that point, the Nationals only trailed 4-1, and Cole was near the bottom of his tank.

This was all roundly cheered, but when the camera switched to a shot of the President and his box-mates, loud boos rang down. It took another 63 years for teams to win both of their first two games on the road in the World Series.

Greinke struck out six, gave up one earned run and just seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"It's been a blast since I've been here", he said.

With Max Scherzer scratched from his scheduled start due to neck spasms that left his pitching arm unusable, Joe Ross was given the ball.

Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26 in Washington, DC.

The Astros added a run in the eighth inning on an RBI single from Yuli Gurriel.

Tuesday night's game will be Strasburg's 38th start of the season, dating to his March 30 matchup against the Mets.

Minus ailing ace Max Scherzer, the Nationals were no match in this Washington wipeout. The batter, Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman, called time before Cole could deliver the pitch, so it's hard to say if he was distracted by the two women exposing themselves in his field of vision. "I guess this situation just called for breaking balls, and that's what we were feeling".

"Obviously we did the job here, which was to win three games". But at the same time, it's another baseball game, same as the ones we've played before in previous series, and all season. "This being the largest stage that we can get on, certainly with the opponent being so well prepared, anticipate having to respond to some things and hopefully we respond well".

Presidents often throw out the ceremonial first pitch when they attend a baseball game, but that honor Sunday instead went to chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who has faced off with Trump in court over scuttled plans to build a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and has criticized many of Trump's policies. "We've still got to fight".

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