Written by By Sarah Draut, CNN
With the game tied at 5 after five innings and the Houston Astros facing elimination, the heart of the lineup came to the rescue with three key hits in the sixth.
Jose Altuve, who led the American League in hits for the second consecutive season, and shortstop Carlos Correa put the Astros in front with back-to-back home runs.
In the eighth inning, with Houston clinging to a 6-5 lead, first baseman Yuli Gurriel — whose bat broke league records in the previous game — hit a big home run that would finally clinch the Astros’ victory and force Game 6.
Garza, who had been selected to start Game 3, completed the shutout by retiring Atlanta in order in the ninth.
In Game 5, the Astros took an early 2-0 lead, but the Atlanta Braves battled back in the fourth inning, scoring five runs.
Chris “Deuce” Devenski hit the only homer of the game for the Houston Astros, but it was also his costly costly mistake. Devenski hit Freddie Freeman with a pitch in the sixth inning. Freeman cleared the bases and Atlanta appeared to have the game wrapped up. However, the Astros would survive as the homers by Correa and Altuve would level the score at 5.
Starlin Castro, the Braves’ designated hitter, went yard in the eighth for Atlanta to tie the game. But in the ninth, he was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice play. Still, the Braves were able to get on the board again, and the game became a challenge of wills between the best team and one of the best pitchers in baseball in Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel was the big-game pitcher of the division series when he took the mound in Game 4 and held the Yankees to three hits over seven innings. But in this series, the left-hander hasn’t pitched beyond the sixth inning twice — and has struggled with his control.
Earlier in the year Keuchel was awarded AL Pitcher of the Month, leading the league in July with an ERA of 1.77. He was also the Astros’ ace during the regular season, leading the team in wins and innings pitched.
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Both teams are well-versed in overcoming postseason adversity. The Astros have rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit to capture the AL West — even beating the Boston Red Sox to advance. And the Braves are 5-1 this post season when facing elimination.
Cutch and the Braves also rallied for a victory in the Wild Card game — known as a one-game playoff — against the Chicago Cubs, and then beat the Philadelphia Phillies to set up a Division Series matchup with the Red Sox.
Game 6 will be held Sunday. It will be televised at 8 p.m. on TBS.
This story has been updated to include Game 6 information.