Houston Astros Joined THIS Rare Club With Historic Comeback Win vs Atlanta Braves

Published 11/02/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Houston Astros came in to Game 5 of the World Series this past Sunday carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Not only did they face the Atlanta Braves on the road, but faced a potential end to their season had they suffered defeat to the NL Pennant winners.

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However, the 2017 World Series champions produced a stunning performance to keep their hopes alive in the series. In order to survive, the Astros produced one of the biggest comebacks in World Series history, which showed their talented roster’s ability and determination.

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The Houston Astros overcome a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 5

The Braves took control early in the game as they raced to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Adam Duvall smashed a massive Grand Slam off Framber Valdez’s pitching to leave the Astros staring at defeat.

Despite this early setback, the AL Pennant winners responded almost immediately. In the top of the second inning, Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado recorded RBIs to halve the deficit. The Astros then tied the game in the top of the third, as Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel recorded RBIs of their own to tie the game.

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Although Freddie Freeman scored a solo home run for the Braves in the bottom of the third, the Astros scored five runs in the next five innings to take a 9-5 victory. While their victory was crucial in keeping the World Series alive, it also put the Astros in a rare part of MLB history.

Coming from four runs behind to win, the Astros recorded the second biggest turnaround in a game where a team faced elimination. They share this record with the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1919 Chicago White Sox, who overturned the same deficit in Game 7 and Game 6, respectively.

Only the 2002 Anaheim Angels (now LA Angels) fared better, overturning a five-point deficit in Game 6 against the San Francisco Giants.

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Can the Astros pull off another win in Game 6 today?

The Astros need to win Game 6 today to tie the series and force a deciding Game 7. With today’s game taking place in the Minute Maid Park, they could be favorites to win in front of their fans.

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Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

However, with the Braves standing on the cusp of history, it will not be easy for the Astros. Expect a thrilling game to take place in Houston today, with two teams determined to write their names in history.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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