Houston Astros “Little Giant” Jose Altuve hit a dramatic walk-off home run to lift his team to victory.
The Astros came from behind to win Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers 5-4 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, U.S., on April 21.
Houston led 1-0 through four innings. Starter Justin Verlander pitched well. Texas starter Jordan Montgomery pitched well, but a solo home run by Alex Bregman in the top of the first and a strong outing by Verlander put Houston ahead.
The game was tied in the bottom of the fifth. Texas tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Nathaniel Lowe took a 95.4-mile-per-hour four-seam fastball from Verlander over the left field fence for a solo shot.
In the top of the sixth, Montgomery walked Bregman with one out and gave up a single to right field to Jordan Alvarez to put runners on first and third. He then gave up an RBI single to Jose Abreu.
In the bottom of the sixth, the game flipped again. With one out, Verlander gave up a double to Corey Seager in right field and a single to Evan Carter in left to put runners on first and third. Verlander then fired a 95-mile-per-hour four-seam fastball to Adolis Garcia for a three-run homer over the left field fence.
Verlander was later removed from the game after getting Rendy Taveras to ground out to shortstop and allowing a single to Josh Young in left field. But Garcia may have stared too long at the home run. Houston scored in the bottom of the eighth when Brian Abreu threw a 98.9 mph fastball to Garcia that struck Garcia in the right forearm.
Garcia became enraged, shoving Houston catcher Maldonado, and players from both teams spilled onto the field. The umpires eventually ejected Abreu. Houston manager Dustin Baker was also ejected for protesting. Garcia was also sent off.
After the dust settled, Houston turned the game around. In the top of the ninth, Yoenis Diaz singled, John Singleton drew a walk, and Jose Altuve, the “Little Giant,” hit a game-winning three-run homer over the left field wall. 굿모닝토토
Altuve, who tasted home runs in the Division Series against the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 8, homered off Texas starter Max Scherzer in Game 3 on Sept. 19. Houston won that game 8-5.
After Houston tied the series with a 10-3 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday, Altuve’s blast sent the Astros, who are trying to win their second straight World Series title, to Game 5 and put them one game away from advancing to this year’s World Series.
Altuve now has 26 career postseason home runs. The all-time postseason home run record is held by the retired Manny Ramirez (29).