HOUSTON -- Twice in World Series Game 5, the Dodgers took leads of at least three runs, and twice the Astros stormed back to erase them. Jose Altuve was at the center of the second such rally on Sunday, clubbing a three-run homer to left-center to tie things at seven runs each between the Dodgers and the Astros in the fifth. Hours later, Houston walked off with a 13-12 win in 10 innings to take a 3-2 Series lead.
"There isn't any other place I rather be right now than with these guys," Altuve said after the game ended, five hours and 17 minutes after it began. "We played a great game today. I know they took the lead early, but we tied the game. It was a crazy game. It doesn't matter. We were going to win, and that's what we did tonight. I try to take it one game at a time and I know we have another game in L.A., but I want to enjoy the moment right now and get in the right mindset to go to L.A."
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After Cody Bellinger snapped a 4-4 tie with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth, the bottom of the inning began with two quick outs. But Clayton Kershaw walked George Springer and Alex Bregman in succession, leading to his exit. As Kenta Maeda took the mound to face Altuve, fans at Minute Maid Park began serenading their superstar second baseman with chants of "M-V-P! M-V-P!"
Clearly swinging for the fences, Altuve ran the count full, then narrowly missed a homer with a deep foul ball down the left-field line. Altuve's next swing sent center fielder Chris Taylor to the warning track, where Taylor could only watch as the ball sailed over the fence for a game-tying homer.
Altuve also hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning of Game 2, which the Astros ultimately won in the 11th.
Anthony DiComo has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.