Nationals rally past controversial call in World Series

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Right-hander Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs over 8 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

Asked what he thought of Bregman's bat carrying, Soto laughed.

"Maybe not how we drew it up in terms of how we got there, but it doesn't take away the opportunity we have to win the World Series", Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch said.

Here's how the play transpired from Trea Turner's point of view: he swung, the ball was in play, he ran to first, the ball hit him.and.he's out? Though he didn't pitch, there was a surprise Max Scherzer appearance in the bullpen two days after being scratched from a start with neck spasms.

That moment prompted a response from Washington's Juan Soto, who four innings later carried his own bat all the way to first base following a go-ahead home run.

In the first game with lead changes since the opener, Rendon's RBI single through a shifted infield put the Astros ahead in the first. He chose to carry the bat all the way to his first base coach, which was the same thing Alex Bregman had done after homering against Washington in the first.

"That's a potentially series changing call".

The game's two biggest hits were both delivered by Rendon. Though he struggled when the series moved to Washington, he's still hitting.333 with six RBIs. Game 6 would be the flawless time for Howie Kendrick to improve on his.222 figure.

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"The call was the fact that he interfered with Gurriel trying to catch the ball", Torre said, adding that Holbrook "made the right call at first base". What's the World Series without taking a chance? Turner ended up at second, with lead runner Yan Gomes going to third, except home plate umpire Sam Holbrook quickly signalled for interference.

Justin Verlander: For the third time this postseason, Verlander didn't have his best stuff in a possible closeout game for Houston.

Furthermore, while winning all four road games has never been done in the history of the World Series, the Nationals find themselves in the same scenario the Chicago Cubs faced three years ago.

The next three innings were scoreless until Verlander surrendered an Adam Eaton home run - he neither carried nor flipped his bat - and then allowed Soto's 414-foot moonshot that nearly hit the Minute Maid Park scoreboard in right-center field.

It all comes down to this. Houston is 4-1 in the last five Verlander home starts. Anthony Rendon also went deep and drove in five runs.

Unable to pitch Game 5 on Sunday night because of nerve irritation near his neck that required a cortisone shot, the three-time Cy Young Award victor is set to start this all-or-nothing showdown.

Zack Greinke will start for the Astros, who led the majors with 107 wins and are seeking their second title in three seasons.

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