Astros mash three homers, take 3-2 lead

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The Houston Astros crushed three two-run home runs which provided more than enough run support for Gerrit Cole who shut down the Washington Nationals to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 7-1 win in Game 5.

The away team has won each of the first five games with Game 6 scheduled back in Houston's Minute Maid Park with the hosts on the verge of clinching a second championship in three years.

Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer went yard for two RBIs in the second, fourth and ninth innings. Yuli Gurriel drove in Springer with an eighth-inning single for seven total runs for the Astros.

Juan Soto collected the lone run for Washington, hitting a home run of his own which served as Cole's only earned run allowed over his seven innings of work where he yielded three total hits and struck out nine Nationals batters, eight of whom went down on breaking balls.

Game 6's pitching matchup will be a repeat of Game 2 with Houston giving the ball to Justin Verlander and Washington calling upon Stephen Strasburg.

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