Houston Astros beat Los Angeles Dodgers in wild Game Two to square World Series

LOS ANGELES, Oct 25 (Reuters) - George Springer's two-run home run in the 11th inning gave the Astros a wild 7-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to send the World Series to Houston tied a 1-1.

The Astros offense, which has been virtually non-existent on the road this postseason, came to life in extra innings when Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back solo home runs to lead off the 10th, putting the Astros up 5-3.

The Dodgers responded in the bottom half of the inning when slugger Yasiel Puig hit a solo blast and Kike Hernandez doubled in a run to tie the game at 5-5.

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2005 World Series: Houston Astros lose to Chicago White Sox
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2005 World Series: Houston Astros lose to Chicago White Sox
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Fans and members of the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros stand for the National Athem before Game One of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Juan Uribe #5 of the Chicago White Sox hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros in the second inning during Game One of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Infielder Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros fields a ground ball out against the Chicago White Sox during Game One of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Infielder Adam Everett #28 of the Houston Astros throws to first base to complete a double play over Scott Podsednik #22 of the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of Game One of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Catcher A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox cheers his teammates on against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of Game One of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros pitches during the first inning of Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago White Sox Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Jose Contreras of the Chicago White Sox pitches during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Astros 5-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 22: Willy Taveras of the Houston Astros leaps in vain for a home run ball hit by Joe Crede of the Chicago White Siox during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Cellular Field on October 22, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox beat the Astros 5-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MLB World Series 2005: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox - Game 1:Houston Astros against the Chicago White Sox AJ Pierzynski and Bobby Jenks during game one of the World Series in Chicago, Ill. Saturday October 22, 2005. The White Sox won 5-3. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23: Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte #21 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23: First base umpire Jerry Layne calls runner Tadahito Iguchi #15 of the Chicago White Sox out on a throw back to first baseman Lance Berkman #17 from pitcher Andy Pettitte #21 to end the fifth inning during Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23: Chris Burke #2 of the Houston Astros slides safely into homeplate past the tag of catcher A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox as homeplate umpire Jeff Nelson watches in the ninth inning during Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23: Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox celebrates his grandslam during the seventh inning of Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 23: The Chicago White Sox celebrate with Scott Podsednik #22 following his game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros to win Game Two of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at U.S. Celluar Field on October 23, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won the game 7-6 to put them up two game to none. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros hits an RBI single in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox during Game Three of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Jermaine Dye #23 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by teammate Aaron Rowand #33 after scoring on an A.J. Pierzynski #12 double in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros during Game Three of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Infielder Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros throws out Joe Crede #24 of the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning during Game Three of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros argues with homeplate umpire Jerry Layne after being called out on strikes to end the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox during Game Three of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Scott Podsednik of the Chicago White Sox steals second base as Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros applies a late tag during the eleventh inning of Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Tadahito Iguchi #15 of the Chicago White Sox attempts a bunt in Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25: Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros is pictured during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 25, 2005 in Houston, Texas. The White Sox won 7-5 in 14 innings. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox reacts after being stranded on base in the 1st inning during game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astro's at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on October 26, 2006. The White Sox swept the series with a 1-0 win. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: Mike Lamb of the Houston Astros bats during Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: Scott Podsednik #22 of the Chicago White Sox is safe at third base after hitting a triple while third baseman Morgan Ensberg #14 of the Houston Astros misplays the throw during the third inning of Game Four of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: Starting pitcher Brandon Backe #41 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of Game Four of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: Jermaine Dye #23 of the Chicago White Sox holds up at second base after hitting a double in the first inning against the Houston Astros during Game Four of the 2005 Major League Baseball World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Oct 26, 2005; Houston, TX, USA; MLB Baseball: The Chicago White Sox against the Houston Astros during game 4 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX, Oct 26, 2005. The White Sox won 1-0 and swept the series four games to none. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images)
Oct 26, 2005; Houston, TX, USA; MLB Baseball: The Chicago White Sox against the Houston Astros during game 4 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX, Oct 26, 2005. The White Sox won 1-0 and swept the series four games to none. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Sporting News via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 26: The Chicago White Sox celebrate winning Game 4 of the 2005 World Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Astros 1-0 to sweep the Astros and give the White Sox their first World Championship title in 88 years.(Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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But Springer's home run, one of eight hit during the game, proved to be the difference even after the Dodgers' Charlie Culberson's two-out solo shot in the 11th cut the Houston lead to 7-6.

Puig struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the 11th to end the 4-hour and 19-minute contest.

"This is an instant classic and to be able to be part of it is pretty special," Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander told a news conference.

"That's why I love this team. There's no quit. Top to bottom of the lineup. Anybody can win a game at any time."

Springer, who rewarded Astros manager A.J. Hinch's faith in him after going hitless in Game One, said the game was an emotional rollercoaster.

"That's the craziest game that I've ever played in," he told reporters. "And it's only Game Two."

For the second straight game the Fall Classic played out in unseasonably warm conditions in Los Angeles, with the mercury hitting 95 degree F (35C) at first pitch.

The 54,293 in attendance included golfers Tiger Woods and Fred Couples as well as former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and a raft of movie and music stars.

PITCHERS DUEL

The high-scoring game had started out as a pitchers duel, with Verlander's no-hit bid broken up in the bottom of the fifth by a Joc Peterson blast to right field that tied the game at 1-1.

Verlander was punished again in the sixth when Corey Seager smashed a 97-mile-per hour fastball into the stands for a two-out, two-run home run, putting the Dodgers ahead 3-1.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to bring hard-throwing closer Kenley Jansen in during the eighth inning in the hopes of a six-out save, but Houston had other ideas.

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1988 World Series: Dodgers defeat Oakland Athletics
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1988 World Series: Dodgers defeat Oakland Athletics
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 15: Manager Tommy Lasorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics, shake hands during the player introductions during the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in October 15, 1988. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 15: First Lady Nancy Reagan throws the ceremonial first pitch of the 1988 World Series featuring the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 5-4 in game one of the series. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 1988: Mickey Hatcher #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands on deck circle and waits for his turn to bat against the Oakland Athletics during the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in October of 1988. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 15: Dave Stewart #34 of the Oakland Athletics throws the first pitch of the 1988 World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 5-4 in game 1. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 15: Los Angeles Dodgers teammates rush Kirk Gibson #23 after he hit a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 5-4 in game 1 of the series. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 15: Jose Conseco #33 of the Oakland Athletics and Mike Davis #20 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, former teammates, pose before the competition during the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in October 15, 1988. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Los Angeles Dodgers' Kirk Gibson #23 gestures to the crowd after hitting a home run during the World Series against the Oakland Athletics at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 5-4 in game 1 of the series. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 16: Orel Hershiser #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws the first pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the 1988 World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 6-0 in game 2 of the World Series. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 16: Alfredo Claudino Griffin of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs across home plate against the Oakland Athletics during game 2 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California in October 16, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 6-0. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16, 1988: Infielder Steve Sax #2 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides in at second base ahead of the tag of shortstop Walt Weiss #7 of the Oakland Athletics during game 2 of the 1988 World Series, October 16, 1988 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the series 4-1. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Mark McGwire #25 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game 3 of the World Series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA on October 19, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 4-3 in game 4. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20: Orel Hershiser #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the 1988 World Series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA on October 20, 1988. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 4-3 in the decisive game 5 of the World Series. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Kirk Gibson #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats in the bottom of the ninth inning of game one against the Oakland Athletics during the 1988 World Series, October 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the series 4-1. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20, 1988: Third baseman Carney Lansford of the Oakland Athletics makes a diving catch in game 5 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, October 20, 1988 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Dodgers won the series 4-1. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20, 1988: Picher Orel Hershiser (L) of the Los Angeles Dodgers is lifted in the air with jubilation by catcher Rick Dempsey (R) while teammates Jeff Hamilton #33 and Mickey Hatcher #9 rush to the scene after Hershiser pitched a complete game to win game 5 and the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics, October 20, 1988 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Dodgers won the series 4-1. Hershiser was the series MVP and played for the Dodgers from 1983-94, 2000. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20, 1988: Picher Orel Hershiser (L) of the Los Angeles Dodgers is lifted in the air by catcher Rick Dempsey (R) while teammates Mickey Hatcher and Tracy Woodson #21 Jump with jubilation after Hershiser pitched a complete game to win game 5 and the 1988 World Series against the Oakland Athletics, October 20, 1988 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Dodgers won the series 4-1. Hershiser was the series MVP and played for the Dodgers from 1983-94, 2000. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 20: Franklin Stubbs #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers receives a champagne shower in the clubhouse after winning the World Series against the Oakland Athletics on October 20, 1988 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Dodgers won the game 5-2 and won the series 4-1. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Carlos Correa's single scored Alex Bregman and cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-2. It was also the first run scored off the dominant Dodgers bullpen in 28 consecutive postseason innings.

Jansen gave up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez to start the ninth inning, which tied the game at 3-3 and gave the righty just his second blown save of the year.

The series shifts to Texas with the momentum now firmly with Houston for the next three games at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have yet to lose a game at home this postseason.

Yu Darvish will take the mound for the Dodgers while Lance McCullers will get the call for the Astros in Game Three.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Amlan Chakraborty)

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BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: A dramatic sunset illumines the sky during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 23, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 6: General view as the sunsets over Busch Stadium during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 12-8. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 03: Pitcher Adam Ottavino #37 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Francisco Giants as sunset falls over the stadium at Coors Field on August 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: A dramatic sunset illumines the sky during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 23, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 2: A general view of Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, September 2, 2016 in Baltimore Maryland. (Photo by Dan Kubus/Baltimore Orioles/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: The Conan blimp flies over Yankee stadium as the New York Yankees play against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: The Arizona Diamondbacks line up for the National Anthem during a sunset before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 14: Fans of the Atlanta Braves watch the action during sunset against the San Diego Padres at SunTrust Park on April 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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