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2022 World series top plays: Astros outshine Phillies in game 5

In Game 5 of the 2022 World Series, the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 to go up 3-2 in the series going into Game 6.

For the Astros, Justin Verlander made his second World Series start and fourth postseason start overall. In his five innings of work, he finished with six strikeouts while giving up just four hits and one run—a leadoff home run.

The Phillies’ Noah Syndergaard, on the other hand, made his second start (and fourth appearance) of the postseason. He gave up three hits, two runs, one home run, and was done after three innings.

The best plays from Game 5 are listed below.

Astros 3, Phillies 2 (HOU leads series 3-2)

Beginning with a boom!

The first inning saw José Altuve and Jeremy Pea combine for back-to-back monster singles, giving the Astros an early 1-0 lead. First, after Brandon Marsh, the center fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, made a mistake, Altuve crushed Syndergaard’s sinker to right field and advanced all the way to third base.

When Altuve was brought in, Pea smashed an RBI single up the middle to put Houston on the board first.

Tag and capture

Early on, the Astros took a calculated risk, but their strategy backfired when Pea was thrown out at second base.

Building history

The fifth inning saw Bryce Harper smash Verlander’s four-seam fastball, making it the year’s hardest-hit ball. But because the score stayed at 2-1, the Astros were able to escape the inning unscathed.